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Novelist Jm Barrie's Peter Pan was the boy who wouldn't grow up. He could fly and had various adventures on the island of Neverland.
He's never been portrayed as a serial killer - until now.
In new film Pan, a dark and rather perverse reimagining of the original children's classic, the character is a villain being hunted by police in the present-day USA.
Scripted by Benjamin Magid and directed by Ben Hibon, this crime thriller stars Aaron Eckhart (Two-Face in The Dark Knight; Battle Los Angeles) as Captain Hook, who is depicted as a detective tracking down the title character.
AnnaSophia Robb plays Wendy, a young girl who escapes from Pan and teams with the police to help catch him. »
- David Bentley
Towards the end of last year it was revealed that Ben Hibon, the man behind that animated sequence where Hermione tells The Tale of The Three Brothers and the history/myth of the Deathly Hallows in the first part of the epic two-part Harry Potter franchise finale, would be at the helm of a contemporary crime thriller simply called Pan that puts a thriller twist on the classic tale of Peter Pan from J.M. Barrie. Then we learned later Aaron Eckhart would play tormented former detective Captain Hook on the trail of a childlike kidnapper, and now Moviehole has learned that veteran actor Terrence Stamp has joined the cast as well. Personally, I'm hoping Stamp is playing the killer which Hook is chasing, but his role hasn't been revealed just yet. Either way, Sean Bean is playing Smee, the chief detective and Hook's only ally on the police force »
- Ethan Anderton
Terence Stamp has joined Ben Hibon's Pan, a dark re-imagining of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Benjamin Magid's script twists the tale of a flying boy into a crime thriller where Captain Hook (Aaron Eckhart) is a detective and his partner Smee (Sean Bean) are tracking down a serial killer known as "Pan". AnnaSophia Robb will play Wendy, "a young girl who escaped the clutches of Pan and teams with the police force to help catch him." Moviehole doesn't have any details on who Stamp will play, and based on Peter Pan's cast of characters, I'm a little stumped on where an actor of Stamp's age and gravitas would fit. Of course, it's possible he's playing a character outside of Barrie's novel, but in any case, Stamp is a welcome addition to any cast. This is definitely a project to keep on your radar, not only because of the actors on board, »
- Matt Goldberg
Formerly a potential project for the every busy Guillermo Del Toro to direct, New Line's re-imagined "Peter Pan" film really started moving forward when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" animation wizard Ben Hibon moved into the director's chair, and kicked into life when it added Aaron Eckhart, Anna Sophia Robb and Sean Bean to its cast. Well that already impressive cast just received a delightful addition to its already superb ensemble Moviehole is reporting that Terence Stamp, who you know from films like "The Limey" and "Wanted," has apparently signed on for an as yet undisclosed role… »
The acclaimed actor is reportedly joining Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Anna Sophia Robb (Soul Surfer) in the upsoming film which puts a grim twist on the children's classic. Pan, a dark crime thriller taking place in the U.S., was originally lined up for Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro at New Line Studios, but due to his busy schedule he was unable to take the helm. Swiss animation director Ben Hibon (videogame sequences in Heavenly Sword and Killer7) will direct Pan from a screenplay by Ben Magid. Aaron Eckhart will star as Hook, but in this version the classic pirate character is a former detective on the trail of childlike kidnapper. Anna Sophia Robb will portray Wendy, a lone survivor who leaves an asylum to join in on the hunt. Sean Bean »
- Pietro Filipponi
We have come to love Zack Snyder’s visual style, attention to detail, and ability to adapt comics to the silver screen. But, we don’t really have a sense of what he can do on his, without someone else’s work to rely on for inspiration. That is, until this March when he unveiled Sucker Punch, a personal project that had been gestating in his mind for years and he finally was given the opportunity to make it a reality.
Some reality. The mind-bending storyline is a visually and aural feast but is somewhat soulless and cold, not just from the over-reliance on CGI for background and texture but for the total lack of attention to characterization. Like the computer backgrounds, everything is on the surface, giving the cast little to work with, turning them into two-dimensional players on his digital chessboard. Most of that explains why the film fizzled both critically and commercially. »
- Robert Greenberger
A dark indie version of Peter Pan is in the works that looks at the boy-who-never-grew up tale a little differently. Put into our modern world, Pan is a horror-thriller which will have Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) as former police detective Captain Hook who is in pursuit of a kidnapper who acts like a child. AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain) will play Wendy, the only child to escape the kidnapper. Wendy must leave her safe house to help Hook and Chief Police Detective Smee (Sean Bean who played Zeus in Percy Jackson & the Olympians) find the villain. Ben Hibon will make his feature film directing debut with Pan; previously, he was the animation director for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Longstanding big names Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean are to add clout to the cast of a modern retelling of children’s classic Peter Pan. They’ve both joined a project to be directed by Ben Hibon, with the working title Pan, which is set to turn the traditional fantasy tale of Neverland on its head.
Evil pirate Hook will be transformed into a troubled, disturbed and obsessed police detective searching for a childlike kidnapper with a knack for both snatching and dispatching little ones. Hapless sidekick Smee is a chief detective and Hook’s only friend on the force, with innocent Wendy a traumatised survivor keen to help find the criminal.
The role of Wendy will be played by AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain / Jumper). Eckhart will take the key role of Hook and Bean that of sympathetic Smee. Director Hibon, who masterminded the creation of the universally »
Deadline is reporting Rachel Weisz is in "deep talks" for a role in The Bourne Legacy opposite Jeremy Renner whose carrying on the franchise as a new character: an operative from a covert government program that is even more dangerous than the Treadstone brainwashing program that hatched Bourne. The film is slated for a August 3, 2012 release under the direction of Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton).
New casting for The Hunger Games squashes earlier rumors that John C. Reilly would play Haymitch, the only District 12 tribute to ever survive the Hunger Games, as The Hollywood Reporter announces Woody Harrelson has secured the role.
- Brad Brevet
Aaron Eckhart has signed up to a contemporary update of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Pan will be a dark action thriller, with the Battle: Los Angeles star taking on the role of troubled detective Hook, according to Screen Daily. The title role will be re-envisioned as a childish kidnapper, with AnnaSophia Robb playing former victim and assistant to Hook, Wendy. Sean Bean has also joined the cast playing a chief detective who is the only one to believe in Hook's mission to find Pan. Helmer Ben Hibon will be making his feature (more) »
- By Zakia Uddin
An inventive reimagining of the Peter Pan fable will star Aaron Eckhart as a good-guy Captain Hook on the hunt for a child killer, according to insider reports.
The project, which is being sold at the Cannes Film Festival in France this week (beg09May11) - according to Screen Daily, will team The Dark Knight star Eckhart with Sean Bean as crime fighters Hook and Smee on the hunt for a criminal Peter Pan.
Robb will help lead Hook and Smee to Pan after surviving a kidnapping ordeal, according to CinemaBlend.com.
It's not the only Peter Pan movie in pre-production - Channing Tatum is also developing a new film about the boy who refused to grow up. »
The latest trend in Hollywood is to create darker spins on fairy tales and classic stories, We’ve had Alice In Wonderland, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (that although was Tim Burton led, wasn’t too dark), and the more recent Snow White tales, which are currently in production. Now it seems that New Line are looking towards the Peter Pan story to darken up.
According to Screen Daily, Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb are being lined up to star in the film, one being originally being tailor made for Guillermo del Toro to direct. Now, Ben Hibon will helm the project, which Screen Daily describes as revolving around the Captain Hook character, who is reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper.
Eckhart would play Hook, while Bean would play Smee, the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force »
- Paul Heath
Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb have all signed on to director Ben Hibon’s Pan. A dark reimagining of the Peter Pan yarn, the film will use J.M. Barrie’s tale as a launchpad for a gritty, modern day action-thriller. In Hibon’s version, Eckhart will play tormented detective Hook, who’s on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Robb, meanwhile, will play survivor Wendy who helps him on his quest. Which just leaves Bean, who will take on the role of Smee, here a chief detective and Hook’s lone ally on...
- Josh Winning
I gotta be honest with you, I don’t know what they’re thinking with this one. Sure, it’s fine to envision a classic as a “dark” tale, but damn, throwing in a serial killer? Yikes. I’m not exactly an expert on Peter Pan, but I’m reasonably certain there wasn’t a serial killer in the original tale. I could be wrong, of course. Anyways, there’s a new “take” on “Peter Pan” that Screen Daily says is set to be directed by Ben Hibon from a screenplay by Ben Magid. The film, which was originally intended as a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro, will re-imagine Captain Hook (Aaron EckHart) as “a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper.” Meanwhile, “Soul Surfer’s” AnnaSophia Robb will play Wendy, “the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt.” The ever-busy Sean Bean »
This will definitely not be your father’s Peter Pan. EW has confirmed that Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Hook in Pan, a modern update of the beloved J.M. Barrie stories about the boy who would not grow up. Eckhart, however, won’t be the bad guy. Instead, he’ll play a former detective who is chasing a notorious and childlike kidnapper — wonder who that would be — and Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb has signed on to play Wendy, the only kid to survive her abduction by the fiend. Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) will play Smee, »
- Adam B. Vary
It's about time Peter Pan jumped (or flew, rather) onto the bandwagon of Hollywood's newfound interest in fairy tales.
Or "re-imagining" of fairy tales, anyway, as the story of NeverLand is getting quite the extreme makeover as "Pan," a dark thriller, according to ScreenDaily.
"Pan" will feature Aaron Eckhart as Hook, a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. He's aided in his pursuit by his detective ally, Smee (Sean Bean), and his quarry's latest victim, Wendy (AnnaSophia Robb).
"Pan," written by Ben Magid ("Hack/Slash"), was first announced late last year as a possible directing gig for Guillermo del Toro. Ben Hibon, who directed the animation sequence in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1," has signed on to direct.
We're all for "re-imaginings" of fairy tales, especially when they embrace the dark side like this one, though we're not sure what the angle is »
- Bryan Enk
We’ve known Ben Hibon, the man who directed the animated sequence of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (the best part of the film), would be directing a modern take on Peter Pan. Written by Ben Magrid and originally intended for Guillermo del Toro, this new,”noir-tinged” take on the classic story has Captain Hook “reconstructed as a former police detective in a tireless pursuit of a childlike kidnapper – Pan.”
ScreenDaily reports that it’s pulled in three impressive leads for its cast. They’re Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb. The first you probably know from The Dark Knight, the second from GoldenEye, Lord of the Rings and HBO’s Game of Thrones, while the last one earned positive reviews for her lead performance in Soul Surfer. Buyers are being sought at Cannes, and the commercial talent involved should help it find a home.
- Nick Newman
In November 2010, it was announced that Ben Hibon (animation director from the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) would be directing a contemporary update of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in a mature twist of the classic children’s story. Although the title of the film is still in question, Ben Magid stated that the film’s original script (which may simply be titled Pan) has Captain Hook now playing a tormented former detective in a crime thriller. Today, Screen Daily reports that Aaron Eckhart will be playing Hook, Sean Bean is set for the role of Smee, the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the police force.
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- Natalie Gorna
Among the many thousands of projects that are bubbling away in a cauldron at Guillermo del Toro’s Man Cave is a little film, once called Pan, that would feature a dark-tinged story blending Peter Pan with detective fiction. Now the film has Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb on board to star.Ben Hibon, who worked on the animation sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, is in the director’s seat for the movie, which is currently looking for a new title. The plot finds Eckhart as Hook, a troubled former police detective obsessed with tracking down a strange, childlike kidnapper who has been swiping and killing kids. Bean – currently to be found stomping about in armour as Ned Stark on Game of Thrones – has snagged the role of Smee, the chief detective on the force and Hook’s last remaining friend.Soul Surfer's Robb, »
Remember that dark take on the J.M. Barrie classic Perter Pan we told you about way back in November? Well there's been some movement to report. Actually ... a lot of movement.
According to Screen Daily Aaron Eckhart (Battle: Los Angeles) and Anna Sophia Robb (The Reaping) will star in Pan, the long-gestured dark spin on Peter Pan that was originally set up at New Line as a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro.
Ben Hibon will direct the story from a screenplay by Ben Magid in which Eckhart plays Hook, the Captain Hook character reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Robb, riding high following the solid recent launch of Soul Surfer, will portray Wendy, the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt.
- Uncle Creepy
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