Childhood classic Pete's Dragon making a comeback
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:03
With keeping busy with Star Wars and the next installments in the Marvel Universe, one might speculate that the Disney company will not have enough man power to produce anything else really exciting for a while. But thanks to a recent release from Deadline.com it has been said that the production company will be rebooting a classic family favorite soon.
Pete's Dragon, the 1977 live action-animated combo film, was nominated for six awards in 1978 and has since become a distant memory for the masses. However, director David Lowery along with writer Toby Halbrooks, stated after the Sundance Film Festival that "they will reinvent the core story of a venerable Disney family film. It will not be a musical and at this point Lowery is just engaged as writer," according to Deadline.com writer Mark Fleming Jr.
But the main question I have for the duo is why this film? Why not classics such as Mary Poppins or Bed Knobs and Broomsticks to revamp? My only guess is that Pete's Dragon is much lesser known; therefore it will give the production team more artistic liberty with it. But with that liberty comes a large risk.
Regardless of the success of the previous film, this new direction can make or break the audience's perception of the original. Take the case of the 2009 Warner Brother's film, Where the Wild Things Are. The movie was dark, not really family friendly and violent at times, which was really not similar to the original book. While yes it's true that movies are rarely as good as their book counterparts, they can at least follow the same tone as the original.
So what can we expect for this new film? It's all up in the air right now but the classic remake will definitely be something to watch from the Disney group for the next few years. If this film is to be a success, I'm sure that they'll continue revamping their old classics