The live-action remake train continues to chug along at Disney. This time, with its own take on one of the central characters of the Peter Pan mythos.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is developing Tink, their live-action take on the character of Tinker Bell.
Reese Witherspoon is attached to the project and will produce the film (under her Pacific Standard production banner) in addition to starring as the title character.
Victoria Strouse (Finding Dory) will write the screenplay for the film. Plot details are currently kept under wraps for now, but the central idea is that it will “play with the idea and the timeline of the well-known Peter Pan narrative.” The film will reportedly lean towards the Maleficent model of “the story you don’t know,” and will offer a new take on the character. The plan is also to produce the film at a modest budget (in comparison to other live-action Disney films).
As is the case with popular public-domain stories, the film joins a number of Peter Pan-based projects from various studios. 20th Century Fox is also developing their own take on Tinker Bell (a comedic adventure film that stars Melissa McCarthy as the title character). Warner Bros. also has Pan, an origin story for Peter Pan that’s set for release in the fall (see the full trailer here):
On the small screen, Fox is developing League of Pan, a darker take on the Peter Pan mythology that features the Lost Boys as grown-ups. In contrast, NBC is developing Wendy and Peter, a modern-day romantic comedy that looks at the relationship of Peter Pan and Wendy through the lens of the rom-com genre (with the world of Peter Pan as a backdrop).
While much more loose in the definition, this is the ninth film in Disney’s growing slate of live-action remakes.
in no particular order (including one sequel): The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, and now Tink.
What do you think? Which Peter Pan adaptation are you looking forward to (big screen or small screen)?
Edited by: Morgan Stradling