Our love and admiration for Disney has been reignited after it was revealed a Peter Pan live-action movie is in the works.
It just could be true that when they say that Peter Pan does not age. Disney is developing a live-action film based on J.M. Barrie’s Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and has enlisted David Lowery to direct and co-write the script, reported by Entertainment Weekly. While the original animated movie has truly stood the test of time, the appeal of the studio’s live-action remakes is showing no signs of being unpleasant. The live-action remake of 2017's 'Beauty and the Beast' earned over $1 billion at the box office, with The Jungle Book proving almost as successful. The most recent live-action adaptation of 'Aladdin' made a massive $508 billion and managed to surpass the original movie.
The live action Peter Pan you didn't know you needed. pic.twitter.com/jLMLKoFwZI— What / If (@what_if) 31 May 2019
With 21 remakes and reboots in the works, Disney now seems fully focused on making-over its back catalog. As a matter of fact, there are just two confirmed films set to be released over the next two years that aren’t remakes or sequels, which are the new Artemis Fowl adaption and Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson, based on the theme park ride.
Buckle up Natives, we're in for a shit show of racism as @DisneyStudios is working on a live action Peter Pan and Pocahontas. Rumors were swirling about the possibility of a live action Pocahontas and it looks like it is possible. https://t.co/nofgSavsw0— Johnnie Jae aka The Brown Ball of Fury (@johnniejae) 13 July 2019
What makes this long-rumored movie more interesting than the other projects because of the abundance of films that have already been made about Never Land in the past couple of decades. Disney’s sequel to the original animated movie, entitled Return to Never Land was a moderate box office success back in 2002. After that, the character had worn out his welcome with the public, as the next two films centered around Peter were colossal flops.
Someone just reminded me that the 2003 live action Peter Pan exists and now every other version is dead to me. pic.twitter.com/PFgMuFVgso— Sophia Elaine Hanson (@authorsehanson) 2 July 2019
Back in 2003, Universal Pictures, Colombia Pictures, and Revolution Studio all teamed up for the live-action version of Peter Pan but despite receiving positive reviews from critics, the movie was a massive flop in the box office. The flick ended up losing over $70 million against a pretty big budget and it might make people think that the failure would encourage studios not to continue down this avenue, but that wasn’t the case.
in a live action peter pan can y’all imagine tom holland as peter pan 🥺 pic.twitter.com/gk5951qYba— addison ♥ ✧ (@heroshardin) 18 July 2019
Just over a decade later, Warner Bros. Pictures released Pan as a prequel to the previous movie, but, unfortunately, it suffered the same fate as the last adaptation even though it had A-Listers like Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevingne and more