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After Hollywood heard the resounding cries of “I guess that would be okay, whatever!” in response to the barrage of Peter Pan films slated for revival, the writers behind one of the films have decided to do us one better and add double the pirates to the mix. The origin story Pan, directed by Joe Wright, will include the traditional character of Captain Hook, but will also feature the fearsome pirate Blackbeard to antagonize the poor little orphan Peter. Stepping into that role? Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to take the part after Javier Bardem passed. The film follows a young orphan (presumably one who never wants to grow up?) who is brought to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes a hero to the native people by leading a revolt against the dreaded pirates. In previous incarnations of Peter Pan, Captain Hook took the reins in leading the pirates to torture Peter and his band of misfits. However, this new vision realizes Blackbeard as the main villain with Hook serving as Pan’s “close ally” before turning evil himself. Hey, every villain has their origin story too.

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Okay, Hollywood, you can jump ship on this thing right now. As our own Samantha Wilson pointed out just last week with the news that Jon Favreau might be remaking The Jungle Book, Hollywood’s current obsession with giving origin stories to well-tread material is getting just a little bit out of control, especially when it comes to bringing baddies back to the screen (see Maleficent, the new Cinderella, and that recently announced Cruella De Vil feature for proof positive). But it’s not just bad guys that studios and filmmakers want to illuminate – it’s classic heroes, too, like the J.M. Barrie-created Peter Pan, who continues to be saddled with rumors of origin story films that are going for some very different things, all of which are entirely unnecessary. With the announcement of a possible eighth new Peter Pan tale, however, we need to make a stand. No more Peter Pan origin stories. None of them. Not even the one with Channing Tatum’s involvement. Deadline Hollywood reports that director Joe Wright is currently negotiating to direct Pan (not to be confused with two other versions of the story also titled Pan). The film is described as – ding ding! – an origin story as conceived of by screenwriter Jason Fuchs. This one reportedly centers on “ an orphan [who] is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against the evil pirates.” THR adds that the film “would give Pan the […]

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As we all already knew, Peter Pan is a monster who swoops down, breaks into bedroom windows, and takes children deep into the night to never, never return. Now, filmmakers are catching up to that fact and developing a story that reflects the grisly, real-world terror of Pan. According to Dark Horizons, Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Captain Hook – a former police detective haunted by the ghosts of his past, hunting down a kidnapper (who probably wears green tights). AnnaSophia Robb will play Wendy, a victim who survived and has joined in the manhunt. Plus, Sean Bean is on board to play Smee – the only person on the police force helping Hook. All of these things are good things. The propensity to go darker for our children’s stories is a trend I can fully get behind, because it means revealing a much more human side to tales usually filled with glitter and fairy dust. On that note, there’s no word yet as to whether Tinkerbell will be a much-needed prostitute with valuable information. Animation director Ben Hibon will make his directorial debut here from a script written by newcomer Benjamin Magid. It’s good to see some new blood pumping through the system aided by some solid acting talents and a strange premise. Of course, this isn’t the first dim project for the boy who wouldn’t grow up (not to mention the four or five hundred Snow White and Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel projects […]

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Could this Tom Robbins journey through immortality and beets be Oscar-caliber? You’re damned right it could.

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