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Disney hires David Lowery to script their remake of Pete's Dragon

03.20.2013

How many of you remember the original PETE'S DRAGON? The live action Disney classic from 1977 was an attempt from the studio to try and recreate their successful MARY POPPINS. The movie followed a young orphan, Pete, whose best friend is a giant cartoon dragon named Elliott that only he can see. Along the course of the movie, Pete finds a new family and the gang of criminals led by Shelley Winters get their comeuppance.

Not exactly a huge hit when it was released, PETE'S DRAGON holds a fond place in my childhood memories. Upon a second viewing, the film does suffer from very dated special effects, but they looked amazing when I was a kid. One can only imagine what could be done with today's technology. Disney is taking a gamble remaking the movie and an even bigger gamble with the unique choice they have made to write the update.

David Lowery, who wrote the Sundance hit AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS and served as editor on Shane Carruth's UPSTREAM COLOR, will write the new version of PETE'S DRAGON. The movie will be cowritten by Toby Halbrooks. This could serve as a test run for Lowery to see if he is destined for a bigger project at Disney and will remain a very interesting one. Will he maintain the musical nature of the original or will this new take simply use the conceit of a boy and his invisible dragon as a jumping off point? Time will tell.

Source: Screen Crave

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3:05PM on 03/21/2013
Not sure how I feel about a remake I wouldn't see if if they did, but this movie holds fond memories for me. I would go to town sit in the old dilapidated movie theater that actually used to be a real theater at one point. Almost always by myself and watch this movie multiple times in a day. I would pay once and simply never leave the theater and they never once cared. I must have seen this movie 50 times...ah childhood chicanery.
Not sure how I feel about a remake I wouldn't see if if they did, but this movie holds fond memories for me. I would go to town sit in the old dilapidated movie theater that actually used to be a real theater at one point. Almost always by myself and watch this movie multiple times in a day. I would pay once and simply never leave the theater and they never once cared. I must have seen this movie 50 times...ah childhood chicanery.
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9:41AM on 03/21/2013

Saw this in the theatre

I saw this in the theater and it was great (at the time) and I'd love to be able to take my kids to see a new version in the theater too.
I saw this in the theater and it was great (at the time) and I'd love to be able to take my kids to see a new version in the theater too.
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6:07PM on 03/20/2013
this is blasphemy! this is sacrilege!
this is blasphemy! this is sacrilege!
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5:21PM on 03/20/2013
BOO! I loved this movie as a kid
BOO! I loved this movie as a kid
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5:01PM on 03/20/2013

child slavery is all the rage now.

I remember watching this as a kid and being terrified. The boy was bought and sold to be a slave. i remember thinking how creaped out i was that anyone would buy a child to be their slave. So disney's remaking a movie for children, about human trafficking. woohoo!
I remember watching this as a kid and being terrified. The boy was bought and sold to be a slave. i remember thinking how creaped out i was that anyone would buy a child to be their slave. So disney's remaking a movie for children, about human trafficking. woohoo!
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4:36PM on 03/20/2013
Just put it on Broadway where it belongs, no need to make another unnecessary remake
Just put it on Broadway where it belongs, no need to make another unnecessary remake
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4:27PM on 03/20/2013

I'd much rather see a remake of Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

I'd much rather see a remake of Darby O'Gill and the Little People.
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