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Gary Ross Sets Peter Pan Fantasy As Post-’Hunger Games’ Followup

Mike Fleming

Gary RossBREAKING: Since Gary Ross dropped out of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, he kicked the tires on a bunch of projects. He has now firmed up the Disney film Peter And The Starcatchers as his next directing vehicle. Ross has lost interest in directing The Secret Life Of Houdini, a project that Summit Entertainment is putting together. They never got as far as making a deal with Ross.

Ross is squarely focused on Disney’s adaptation of the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and the studio is waiting for a new draft of the Jesse Wigutow script that is scheduled to be delivered in October. The film hasn’t been budgeted, but Ross hopes to direct it as his next film as quickly as possible in 2013. The film is in spirit a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, a fantasy pirate adventure full that starts when Peter leads a group of orphaned boys sent to work as servants for King Zarboff. He winds up on a ship with Molly, who intrigues him with a story of how she is an apprentice Starcatcher, a group that collects “starstuff” that falls to Earth and gives power to those who find it. They must keep it away from the pirate Black Stache, as well as the king. The tale was already turned into a Broadway production.

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Disney Sets Jesse Wigutow To Script ‘Peter And The Starcatchers’

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 5:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Disney has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the best-selling children’s novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, the 2004 book published by Disney’s Hyperion which gives the backstory for the iconic Peter Pan character.

Co-authored by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson, the book has become a hot property, with the current Broadway adaptation having just nabbed nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Play. Peter and the Starcatchers is the first in a series of books by the authors, giving franchise potential to the project.

Wigutow’s adaptation of the Robert Ludlum thriller Osterman Weekend is in development with Brian Kirk directing at Summit, The Crow with F. Javier Gutierrez attached to direct at Relativity Media, and the Steve McQueen biopic at Cross Creek.

Wigutow is repped by UTA, attorney Warren Dern, and Benderspink.

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