After it was revealed that Gary Ross would not be directing ‘Catching Fire’ and would be leaving ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise four months ago, it was unclear what his next movie would be. Last month, it was revealed that the talented director was in talks to direct a couple of different movies. First, there was the Peter Pan prequel ‘Peter and the Starcatchers’ for Disney, then there was ‘The Secret Life of Houdini’ for Summit. Now, according to /Film, Ross lost interest in Summit’s film and has committed to Disney.
Based on the book series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, ‘Peter and the Starcatchers’ has been sitting in big screen limbo since 2005 when the House of Mouse first optioned the books. While a feature film was trying to come together, it didn’t just gather dust on a shelf. Disney turned the story into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, and now that the musical has built up some esteem and reimagined fairytales are back in fashion, now is the perfect time for the film to come together. And with Ross having a lot of buzz right now with ‘The Hunger Games’ flying off the shelves, he’s a great choice to helm this pirate ship.
Here’s a description of ‘Peter and the Starcatchers’:
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 (who eventually becomes Captain Hook), as well as the king.
Jesse Wigutow is currently working on a draft of the script that is due in October and the aim is for Ross to start rolling in 2013.