Disney at Work On "Peter and the Starcatchers" Film

News   Disney at Work On "Peter and the Starcatchers" Film
While the Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher recently snagged a treasure-trove of nine Tony Award nominations, Disney is at work adapting the novel "Peter and the Starcatchers" for the big screen, according to Deadline.com.

Cover art for the novel
Cover art for the novel

Jesse Wigutow ("It Runs in the Family") has been tapped to pen the film adaptation based on the 2004 children's adventure novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A timeline has not been announced for the film's production.

The film is a separate entity from the critically praised Broadway production, which dropped the "s" from its title and goes by Peter and the Starcatcher.

The imaginative, fast-paced stage production was adapted by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family) and directed by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family, Nicholas Nickleby).

Peter and the Starcatcher uses 12 actors to take audiences on an adventure to discover the origins of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the enchanted island of Neverland.

The Broadway production earned nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor, Best Featured Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Sound Design.

Peter and the Starcatcher opened to rave reviews April 15 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre following a 2011 extended Off-Broadway run at the New York Theatre Workshop. A U.S. national tour will launch in August 2013.

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