Gary Ross decided against directing Catching Fire following the $685 million success of The Hunger Games, but a few months ago we heard that the director may be taking on Peter and the Starcatchers for Disney, which is based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson’s bestselling children’s book.
Now Deadline confirms Starcatchers will be Ross’ next film, and he hopes to begin shooting next year.
The story follows a young Peter who befriends Molly, a shipmate he meets on the Never Land ship headed toward King Zarboff. Molly tells Peter of a mysterious trunk filled with magical starstuff that must remain out of the hands of the pirate Black Stache (who will eventually become Captain Hook). Peter and Molly lead an effort to recover the trunk, which takes them on a treacherous journey.
Peter and the Starcatchers has already been turned into a Broadway play and ended up winning five Tony Awards. Jesse Wigutow is writing the screenplay for the film, and is expected to hand in his draft to Disney in October.
This isn’t the only Peter Pan-related movie in development. Channing Tatum is teaming up with Sony and Alice in Wonderland producer Joe Roth for a “dark re-imagining” of Peter Pan, with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) directing. We had two Snow White movies this year, so we could potentially be seeing multiple movies about the boy who never grew up.