Aaron Eckhart is set to play heroic Hook in dark update of 'Peter Pan'

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This will definitely not be your father’s Peter Pan. EW has confirmed that Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Hook in Pan, a modern update of the beloved J.M. Barrie stories about the boy who would not grow up. Eckhart, however, won’t be the bad guy. Instead, he’ll play a former detective who is chasing a notorious and childlike kidnapper — wonder who that would be — and Soul Surfer star AnnaSophia Robb has signed on to play Wendy, the only kid to survive her abduction by the fiend. Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) will play Smee, a detective still on the police force and Hook’s one ally. The independent film will begin shooting in Europe this fall, with videogame and feature film visual effects animator Ben Hibon making his feature directing debut.

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  • Horace Slughorn

    Holy sh……This is crazy ambitious. It will either be well executed and fantastic, or gimmicky and horrendous. Can’t wait to see it

  • BRETT

    Is this the same project with Channing Tatum set to play Pan?

  • TC

    I don’t like it … I treasure “Peter Pan” and it’s one of my most beloved childhood stories – both the original Barrie storybook version, and Disney’s version. It’s one story that doesn’t really need to be reinvented. This new version just makes me sad.

    • Laura

      The Disney version is very different from Barrie’s 1911 publication, and before that publication the story had been a stage play, then it was a chapter in The Little White Bird, which then became a book in its own right, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, before it became the story we are more familiar with, Peter Pan & Wendy. The whole point of the Peter Pan story is that Barrie himself continually reinvented it and it has already been replayed so many times, as I mentioned below, by Brom, by Nick Hornby (About a Boy), by Speilberg (Hook), as the Peter Pan in Scarlet series as well as a number of other YA adaptations. It’s transformative potential is one of the joys of this story.

    • JBD

      This new movie makes me nervous. Peter Pan is by far one of my favorite stories/plays of all time. I love the 2003 version because it’s so close to the original play. “I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”

      • TC

        I loved the 2003 version as well. I read Barrie’s book for the first time a few years ago, and loved the little footnotes and editorials in whatever edition that was. It had many insights on Barrie and his inspirations for writing Pan. The boy who never grows up is such a classic story, and I can’t help but love Disney’s version – I grew up with it, and it’s a sweet memory.

    • Flip

      Don’t listen to Laura. I also hate the sound of this “reimagining” where Peter is apparently the VILLAIN!

      • Tracey

        Yes, don’t listen to Laura! She is cluttering this thread with “facts” and “information” that might make it harder for us to cling to our preconceived hatred for this project. BOO, LAURA!

    • The Other Guy

      The Disney version was actually really dumb. That one that came out a few years ago was OK.

  • Laura

    This sounds very similar to Brom’s book “The Child Thief”.

  • snot

    this actually sounds like it could be semi interesting. and… sort of original which is a lot for hollywood lately.

    • Tajah

      I know! Something interesting and originalish… well a new take on an old favorite. I think I would check this out.

  • pbev7

    Batman, Spiderman, Wolverine, X-Men, Thor, Green Hornet, Iron Man… super hero overload.

    Alice in Wonderland (which was cool), Little Red Riding Hood (which wasn’t), now this?

    Really? Really?

    Can someone, anyone, get an original idea for a film?

    • pbev7

      Ironic, I love Aaron Eckhart. Please, not Hook.

      ::sighs::

    • DK

      well, it’s original in the fact that it is “reinventing” the story that Barrie wrote. You are true in the fact that there really aren’t any truly original ideas anymore. But this isn’t recent. You can go back as far as you like, and there have always been movies that have been based off of something, books, plays, poems, fairytales, etc.

  • schaden

    Sounds brilliant. Can’t wait to see it. I love dark interpretations of fairy tales. Contemporary, realistic and dark. I’m sold.

  • rebecca

    Dustin Hoffman will always be my Hook!

  • The Dude

    Seems to be a pretty unique interpretation of the story…I can see this either being a major hit or a total bust. I like Eckhart and Bean, so hopefully this will turn out OK.

  • Simon

    This reminds me of Bill Willingham’s comic series “Fables” (pick it up–you’ll enjoy it even if you’re not a comic fan). The original storyline called for the enemy leader, the Adversary, to be Peter Pan, but unfortunately he wasn’t public domain, forcing them to choose (spoiler deleted).

  • Liz Lemon

    Sounds interesting. I wonder who they will cast as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell?

  • dan

    Michael Jackson just had to live for a few more years and wouldve been finaly cast in his dream film

    • Felix

      You are a horrible person. But I laughed anyway.

  • Jeff

    For fans of the Peter Pan narrative, check out the Spanish horror film The Orphanage. Brilliant!

  • deedeedragons

    Just watch the criminally under seen Peter Pan starring Jason Isaccs & Rachel Hurd-Wood, it’s brilliant.

  • Nick T

    This sounds horribly depressing. I feel sad now.

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