Disney is firing up the live-action remake-a-tron once more! Both Aladdin and The Lion King grossed $1 billion at the global box office and Disney needs revenue with parks closed, vulnerable to COVID waves and a market cap shrinking faster than Captain Marvel’s chances of a sequel. The suits were apparently so happy with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin that a sequel is already in flight.
Loaded into the other barrel is the live-action remake of one of their greatest movies, the 1953 animated version of Peter Pan. The tale, by J. M. Barrie, about the boy who wouldn’t grow up and the children who join him on an adventure in Neverland was rumored to be a candidate to go straight to Disney+. It is now expected to go theatrical.
Part of the reason for this is the courting of a star for the role of the villainous Captain James Hook. Dustin Hoffman, Jason Isaacs, Christopher Walken and Garrett Hedlund have all played the role. Now Jude Law is in the frame.
Law is coming off good notices for HBO’s The New Pope, has another HBO mini-series The Third Day in the pipeline and recently jumped into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has the role of young Albus Dumbledore locked for a sequel and is expected to play Watson again soon in Sherlock Holmes 3. So he’s an in-demand actor right now.
Pete’s Dragon and The Old Man and the Gun director David Lowery will be in the chair. The script was written by Toby Halbrooks and Jim Whitaker is producing.