Hey, remember that animation sequence that kind of came out of nowhere in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 but after it was over you were like “that made perfect sense and it was so beautiful?” Well you’re in luck because the man behind that sequence, a certain Ben Hibon, has been tapped to direct a gritty re-imagining of the classic Peter Pan tale, titled Pan, where “Captain Hook (is) a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper.”
Hibon seems like a great choice for a director. The animated sequence was a delightful surprise in a movie that I didn’t expect to have any surprises. He’s a big time animation guy and has experience working in video games. And not those stupid video games that show you how realistic they can make a guy look getting shot five billion times, but those video games that actually look cool when you slice a guy five billion times with a sword five times the size of the player. You know, the games Roger Ebert refuses to call art.
Anyway, good choice for a gritty remake of Peter Pan. But this begs the question – why are we making Peter Pan all gritty and making Captain Hook a sympathetic character? I guess we really have run out of ways to tell the story again and making villains sympathetic is a popular choice these days. But it still seems really weird. So we’re turning Peter Pan into a childlike kidnapper now. Aren’t there better stories out there waiting to be told? I’m sure with Hibon behind this film it won’t turn out terrible, yet I question the very need for the story. Basically what I’m saying is I have a script that asks what if the Three Blind Mice were actually DEAF and the lady chasing them was actually a manifestation of their unconscious desires?? Cha-ching baby.