Peter and the Starcatchers film

Gary Ross Sets Peter Pan Fantasy As Post-‘Hunger Games’ Followup – Deadline.com.

The director of The Hunger Games film is moving on to direct Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s prequel to Peter Pan.  I…have highly mixed feelings about this.  On the one hand, I adore Dave Barry and am always in favor of his stuff getting promoted.  Peter and the Starcatchers is a poignant and interesting addition to the Peter Pan verse that I think can work wonderfully in visual media.

On the other hand…the camerawork in The Hunger Games gave me dizziness and a headache, making it nigh impossible to enjoy watching and I’d hate to have to dislike it for reasons that don’t even have to do with the story.  Of course, what The Hunger Games did show was the hand of someone who’s genuinely interested in showing how things intersect and allowing actors to shine.  The most intriguing thing in this prequel is all the interesting new spins it put on the Neverland folk and the relationship dynamics.  I’d love to see a movie’s take on that.

Although, it’s at this point that the third ingredient comes into play: Disney.  I’m wary of the Disney version of Barry and Pearson’s mermaids, crafted culture that created the crocodile, and how they might influence the importance of the female lead in comparison to Peter.

It is confusing, but I suspect that this is one of those things that will be fun even if it falls flat, much like a deliciously ugly fallen cake.

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