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Gavin O’Connor to Direct Neverland, Produced By Channing Tatum

Director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) has been tapped to helm the Sony Pictures production of Neverland, a film that features Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street). There is some confusion as to the plot of Neverland, which was formerly known as Pan; this is where the trouble started. When last we reported on this particular Peter Pan-related project, there was another movie titled Pan that was also in production. That film, directed by animation sequence and video game director Ben Hibon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) as Captain Hook, AnnaSophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia) as Wendy and Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Smee. Scripted by Benjamin Magid, this twist on the classic J.M. Barrie tale pits a heroic Captain Hook in search of a child-stealing Peter Pan. While this actually sounds like a fresh spin on an old story, it has nothing to
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Universal Nabs Spec Script ‘Thirteen,’ From ‘Pan’ Writer Benjamin Majid

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Along with the confirmation of a Last Exorcism sequel, here comes another found footage possession movie, this one courtesy of writer Benjamin Magid. Variety informs us that Universal has bought the rights to his spec script Thirteen, which reportedly bares some similarity to the 1990 sci-fi thriller Flatliners — which is actually being remade. Otherwise, that’s all we’re hearing at the moment.

The sale is the second project Magid has going on; Pan, his dark supernatural twist on J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan story, was announced last May. Currently in pre-production, it puts an adult spin on the well-known narrative with Captain Hook as a police detective on the trail of a notorious kidnapper. Aaron Eckhart, AnnaSophia Robb, Sean Bean and Terrence Stamp are among those listed as starring in the film, which will be brought to life by animation director Ben Hibon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Casting notes: Terence Stamp in Pan, Michael Caine in Now You See Me

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.

Hook's partner is Smee, played by Sean Bean, and Terence Stamp has now been confirmed for an unspecified role in the production. The actor playing Pan hasn't yet been announced.

AnnaSophia Robb plays Wendy, a young girl who escapes from Pan and teams with the police to help catch him.
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Terrence Stamp Gets Role in Fairy Tale Inspired Modern Thriller 'Pan'

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
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Terence Stamp Joins Crime Thriller Pan Starring Aaron Eckhart

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,
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Terence Stamp Reportedly Heads To 'Pan'

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…
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Terence Stamp Joining the Cast of the Children's Book Based Crime Thriller Pan

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...
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Sucker Punch

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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.
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Casting Updates: Rachel Weisz, Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean, Val Lauren, Katie Holmes and Chace Crawford, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank, Elizabeth Debicki all inside

We’ve got a bunch of casting updates for you from all over the place. In this article you see some confirmed and unconfirmed casting bits that involve Rachel Weisz, Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean, Val Lauren, Katie Holmes and Chace Crawford, Keifer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank, and Elizabeth Debicki. Keep reading to find out what projects they may be involved with.

• First up, double news for Rachel Weisz. The actress has two projects she’s looking at joining, and they should both be pretty big films. She’s looking at taking up a role in The Bourne Legacy which already has Jeremy Renner set to star. In this film, she’d play “an operative from a covert government program that is even more dangerous than the Treadstone brainwashing program that hatched Bourne.” [Deadline]

• Secondly, for Weisz, she’s also being considered for the remake of The Thin Man
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Talk About a Re-Imagining! How About “Peter Pan” As Child-Kidnapping Crime Thriller?

Fairytales are kind of the new comic books, in that they’re pre-existing, primarily kid-oriented texts ripe for re-imagining as more grown-up fare. And it may not get any darker than in “Pan,” an action-thriller adaptation of “Peter Pan” to star Aaron Eckhart, AnnaSophia Robb, and Sean Bean that turns J.M. Barrie’s Neverland fantasy into an even more sinister, present day-set manhunt pic. Filming on “Pan” will begin in October in Eastern Europe under first time feature director Ben Hibon, who directed the animated sequence in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1.” In the role reversing re-imagining, Hook (Eckhart) is a tormented ex-police detective, aided by Smee (Bean), on the trail of a childlike killer. Robb is onboard to play Wendy.

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AnnaSophia Robb to Fly as Wendy in Dark Peter Pan

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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
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Dark Peter Pan reimagining to star Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean

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
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Weisz Eyes 'Bourne Legacy,' Harrelson Locks in 'Hunger Games and Ethan Hawke Joins 'Total Recall'

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).

Weisz is also in talks to star in Oz: The Great And Powerful for Sam Raimi at Disney and there is no word yet on whether she can film both.

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.

Ethan Hawke has joined the cast of Len Wiseman's Total Recall remake in an unspecified cameo role. Hawke joins Colin Farrell,
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Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophie Robb set to star in Pan

Source: FilmShaft - Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophie Robb set to star in Pan

Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophie Robb have been confirmed to star in Swiss director Ben Hibon’s new spin on the Peter Pan tale. With Pan, Hibon plans to take J. M. Barrie’s tale in a darker, more sinister direction, and although this will be his directorial feature-length debut, he has previously won acclaim as director of 2007 video game ‘Heavenly Sword’, and more recently was animation director on ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’.

Eckhart, already seasoned in the way of a gritty thriller with his role in ‘The Dark Knight’, is set to play Hook, who, in Hibon’s version, is a tormented police detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Sean Bean is set to take on the role of Smee, a chief detective and Hook’s solitary friend on the force.
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Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean in 'Peter Pan' update

Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean in 'Peter Pan' update
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)
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Eckhart To Play Good Hook In Pan

Eckhart To Play Good Hook In Pan
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.

AnnaSophia Robb will play Wendy in director Ben Hibon's dark film, tentatively titled 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.

Eckhart, Bean and Robb up for a reimagined, and indeed darker Peter Pan

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
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Eckhart to play Hook in new Pan adaptation

In a piece of interesting news, a new Pan re-image is in the works, one that originally had Guillermo del Toro attached as director. Now the film is in the hands of Ben Hibon, the film is based upon a script by Ben Magid. Casting is under way with Aaron Eckhart to play Hook, and no in this story he is not a Captain. Instead that character is ‘a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper’. AnnaSophia Robb has also been cast as Wendy ‘the lone survivor’ and Sean Bean as Smee ‘the chief detective’ who is Hooks only ally.

Essential Entertainment are planning to have the pre-sales out in full force in Cannes this week.

Source: Screen Daily
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Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean sign on for Pan

Aaron Eckhart and Sean Bean sign on for Pan
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...

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Eckhart, Robb, and Bean Cast in Peter Pan Serial Killer Movie

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
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