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Gary Ross' next project looks to be Peter and the Starcatchers

Jul. 17, 2012by: Alex Maidy
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Since Gary Ross was dumped from directing THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, everyone has been wondering what his next project would be. It looks like he finally settled on adapting PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS for Disney.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS will be based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson, which itself was turned into a Tony-winning stage show. The novel is the first in a series published by Hyperion, which is owned by Disney. The series serves as a prequel to PETER PAN.

Plot: The story is an adventure on the high seas and on the faraway Mollusk island. An orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a magical secret safe and save the world from evil. Characters include the scary but somehow familiar Black "Stache" Moustache and ferocious crocodile Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS will continue the currently popular trend of revisiting beloved fairy tales and modernizing them. With SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, MALEFICENT, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and the series ONCE UPON A TIME, it looks like this one should be an easy sell.

Ross is a decent director whose best movie was PLEASANTVILLE. He doesn't have a very distinct visual approach and the biggest complaint was that THE HUNGER GAMES action sequences were too muddled. PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS should provide a large enough canvas that Ross can do what he does best: paint a beautiful picture.

Extra Tidbit: PJ Hogan's PETER PAN starring Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook was my favorite adaptation of the original story.

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10:55PM on 07/17/2012

Visual Style

I would disagree with your statement that Gary Ross does not possess a very distinct visual style and approach. Pleasantville is one of the more beautiful films I've had the pleasure of watching, and Seabiscuit as well was visually arresting (the horse racing scenes in particular stand out). I would put him in the class above 'decent director' (Pleasantville is a modern day classic, and Seabiscuit was excellent, garnering 7 Oscar nominations), and say the lack of style in Hunger Games was more
I would disagree with your statement that Gary Ross does not possess a very distinct visual style and approach. Pleasantville is one of the more beautiful films I've had the pleasure of watching, and Seabiscuit as well was visually arresting (the horse racing scenes in particular stand out). I would put him in the class above 'decent director' (Pleasantville is a modern day classic, and Seabiscuit was excellent, garnering 7 Oscar nominations), and say the lack of style in Hunger Games was more because of 'director-for-hire' reasons than anything else. Looking forward to this!
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9:41PM on 07/17/2012

Rufio! Rufio! Ru-Fi-OOOOOOOOOOOOOh!

I love 'Hook,' but Hogan's 'Peter Pan' really is sensational. Great music by James Newton Howard, and just a genuinely good movie.
I love 'Hook,' but Hogan's 'Peter Pan' really is sensational. Great music by James Newton Howard, and just a genuinely good movie.
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8:02PM on 07/17/2012
So is this a peter pan prequel of sorts?

As for the extra tidbit, with that movie, this new one, and Hook, you might have a pretty good (though unintentional) trilogy. And yes, I like Hook.
So is this a peter pan prequel of sorts?

As for the extra tidbit, with that movie, this new one, and Hook, you might have a pretty good (though unintentional) trilogy. And yes, I like Hook.
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