Every studio likes to look into its back catalogue for potential remakes. Now Disney’s got another one, as they’ve put a new version of 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon into development. Deadline reports that Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ writer-director David Lowery and producer Toby Halbrooks have been hired write the screenplay. Lowery may also direct.
The original movie featured a mixture of live-action and animation. It was about a young boy and his (animated) pet dragon who run away to a new town to escape Pete’s abusive adoptive parents. It isn’t known if this remake will feature the same blend of live-action and hand-drawn animation, although we’d imagine they’ll be going CG this time. It’s also said that the story is being completely reinvented, discarding the musical elements of the plot.
Lowery does seems a slightly unexpected person for this assignment, as his feature directorial debut, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, is a gritty drama starring Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck. However Disney must have liked his take on Pete’s Dragon.