'Hunger Games' Director May Helm 'Peter Pan' Prequel 'Peter and the Starcatchers'

'Hunger Games' Director May Helm 'Peter Pan' Prequel 'Peter and the Starcatchers'

Jul 18, 2012

Peter and the Starcatchers coverWhile Gary Ross won’t be returning to direct the The Hunger Games sequel, don’t feel too bad for the filmmaker – he’s in talks to take on another big project that should keep him busy.

THR reports that Ross is currently having discussions with Disney about helming an adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s novel Peter and the Starcatchers, which is a prequel of sorts to the much-loved Peter Pan.

The novel has already been adapted for stage – it began an off-Broadway run, then moved on to the big stage before collecting five Tony Awards this year. A jump to the big screen seems like the next logical step.

The story focuses on a young Peter, who forms a friendship with a girl named Molly he meets on the Neverland ship bound for the island of Rundoon. When Molly tells Peter that a chest aboard the ship is filled with magical starstuff, it becomes their duty to protect it from the evil pirate Black Stache.

Ross has yet to officially take on the job – or pick his next project. He’s currently attached to Summit’s Houdini as well.

Which would you prefer to see Ross tackle as his Hunger Games follow-up? A tale about the early days of Peter Pan or a film about the life of escape artist Harry Houdini?  

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