Peter Pan is getting ready to fly once again — this time for Warner Bros.
Joe Wright, the British filmmaker best known for his many period pieces starring Keira Knightley, is in talks to direct the movie, which would give Pan the Batman Begins treatment, imbibing the character with a big origin movie.
Greg Berlanti, riding on the success of TV’s Arrow, is producing and the script is by Jason Fuchs, an actor-turned-writer who penned Ice Age: Continental Drift and has Break My Heart 1,000 Times set up at Gold Circle.
Warners is very high on the project, which Sarah Schechter is overseeing, and making it one of its priorities.
The studio now is the latest one to have its own Pan project. Columbia is developing Pan with Channing Tatum and Joe Roth producing. And Disney, which made the classic animated feature, is adapting the YA novel Peter and the Starcatchers, with Gary Ross attached as director.
But the Pan story has proven to have staying power over the decades because of its deep themes — the loss of innocence, childhood versus adulthood, parental abandonment, immortality. And the fantasy element can be dialed up or down as much as the storyteller wants.
Wright makes for an interesting choice. He directed Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, all costume dramas that are romantic and tragic. He also directed the off-beat action movie Hanna, one of his few modern day set movies (The Soloist is another), and that was very grounded and featured an electronica score by The Chemical Brothers.
Fuchs is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.