One of several Peter Pan projects doing the round in Hollywood is Neverland, which has Channing Tatum producing (although it doesn’t appear at the moment that he will star). Now the movie has a director, as Variety reports that Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor is in talks to helm.
The project is an origin story about J.M. Barrie’s Pan and Captain Hook. The original tales followed a boy who never grew up living in the fantastical Neverland. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Neverland, where an ongoing war between Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. This new film will look at how all of that got started.
The idea for the film was originally hatched by Channing Tatum, his producing partner Reid Carolin, and Eric Bromberg. While the film now has a director, there’s still no guarantee it’ll be made as it’s just one of about half a dozen Pan movies in various stages of development. Not all will make it to the screen, although Neverland seems like it has a good chance.