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Because There's Murder by the Roadside in a Sore Afraid New World: Five Reasons This Film (Yes, You Have to Click Through) Will Kick A**

By Cindy Davis | Lists | November 3, 2011 |

By Cindy Davis | Lists | November 3, 2011 |

You know how sometimes you click on a link to a story you thought you were interested in, get past the jump, realize what the thing is actually about and without finishing, follow your little internet cookies back from whence you came? Don’t do that. Go all the way. I swear you’ll find something to like about this little news tidbit.

Perhaps you’ve been wondering just how many adaptations of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan you can stand, or maybe you think you never want to hear anything from that freaky little man-child again? Wait! Before you slam down that back button click, hold on just one more second. Because this time, Pan isn’t running around in a ridiculous green leotard, with his boys’ club and a bitchy fairy trailing behind. This time, he’s a modern day serial killer with a couple of the hottest cops this side of Gotham City and Winterfell chasing him down. And hallelujah, thank the Lordtopus, neither Tim Burton nor Johnny Depp has gotten within 300 yards of this thing. So read on and see why Ben Hibon’s Pan is going to kick ass.

5. Director Ben Hibon got the Pan gig after the great work he did on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1; he directed The Tale of the Three Brothers, as well as the acclaimed animated short, Codehunters and animations for A.D. and Tokyo Zombie.

4. The script, by Benjamin Magid, puts a dark twist on the classic tale: Set in modern day U.S.A., “troubled” former detective, Captain Hook obsesses over a Pan, a childlike kidnapper/killer who has a knack for luring in trusting victims.

3. Why, helloooooo there Captain Hook (Aaron Eckhart). Perhaps I can assist you in feeling less troubled?


2. What’s that Smee (Sean Bean)? You, too are a cop (Hook’s buddy) in need of assistance?


1. And lastly—but never, ever even close to least—this glorious man has just joined the Pan cast. Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe, Bafta and Cannes Best Actor winner, Terence Stamp (The Limey, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Superman [1978], Superman II, [1980], Billy Budd) has signed on for a secret role. Heck, it doesn’t matter what the part is, the film has automatically been taken to another level by his mere presence.


Come on now, admit it. Something up there caught your eye.

Pan will also star AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocoate Factory [2005]) as Wendy, a girl who escaped Pan and tries to help the police. The film is set for a 2012 release.

Cindy Davis will never grow up.

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