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