More accurately, the blockbuster will act as a prequel to J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, which is one of the best children’s book ever written.
According to THR, the 3D movie “is a reimagining of the classic tale, and will present a very different take on the story and its characters, featuring an international cast.”
And while Peter Pan himself has to be cast, the latest news is that Rooney Mara, who impressed in David Fincher’s criminally underrated remake, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has landed the role of Princess Tiger Lilly.
The actress will play the Native American girl, which would be a contentious piece of casting if the story wasn’t set in fantasy world Neverland, which features pirates, orphans, a boy who can fly and a maniacal crocodile with a ticking clock in its belly.
Along with Jackman and Mara, Garrett Hedlund has been cast as the infamous Captain Hook. Still a relative newcomer to the bit screen, The Friday Night Lights star appeared in Tron: Legacy.
As for Joe Wright, the director is an interesting choice. A highly technical filmmaker, Wright has made his name with period dramas Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and Anna Karenina.
While the British helmer has yet to make a truly great film, I have a feeling that he is capable of producing at least one classic.
And what better place to start than with the world of Peter Pan. Considering the subject matter’s place in popular culture, if Wright gets the film right, then the director could have a seriously big franchise on his hands.
Although, the last time Scottish writer Barrie’s fantasy novel was adapted to the screen in 2003, it bombed because it was considered too dark for children.
Pan will hit screens on July 17th, 2015, in one of the busiest summer’s in living memory.