20 March 2013 8:24 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Writer/director David Lowery commanded plenty of attention at this year's Sundance with his Western drama "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." It looks like cinephiles weren't the only ones watching, though. Disney's tapped Lowery to rejigger "Pete's Dragon," a strange family movie from 1977 that featured actors alongside an animated dragon named Elliott. The original film starred Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, and the late Jeff Conaway. Lowery and Toby Halbrooks are writing the script, but there's no director attached at the moment. Although Lowery doesn't have experience working with a Disney-sized budget, snapping up indie directors for giant projects seems to be a new trend in Hollywood. Joss Whedon is a prime example of this; although he'd written scripts for big movies in the past, his main area of expertise was in TV before he was hired to helm "The Avengers." Marc Webb was known for "500 Days of »

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