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Studios Look for a Hook

21 Jan, 2002 By: Staff Reporter

Revolution Studios is in early negotiations to bring a live-action version of Peter Pan to the big screen in a co-production with the Walt Disney Co. and Sony's Columbia Pictures.
The deal would involve a three-way split among Revolution, Disney and Sony. Terms being discussed call for Disney to take domestic distribution rights and home video as well as the rights for the United Kingdom and Australia; Revolution would handle TV rights through its existing output deals with Fox TV and Encore; Sony would distribute the film internationally, except for Japan and Germany, where Revolution has its own distribution deals.
The project would mark the first time that Roth, the former Disney chairman-turned-Revolution founder, has teamed with his former colleagues in Burbank since leaving that studio two years ago. It would also be the first Revolution project not to be distributed through Sony domestically.
Columbia -- whose chairman Amy Pascal is a longtime supporter of the project -- has been developing the live-action version of the classic tale with studio-based Red Wagon Productions, headed by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher. Helmer P.J. Hogan came aboard the project in August.
Jan. 11 several actors tested for the lead role of Hook. Among them were Jason Isaacs (The Patriot) and Rupert Everett, who previously worked with Hogan on My Best Friend's Wedding. Michael Goldenberg wrote the most recent draft of the script.
If negotiations are successfully completed, the plan calls for filming the movie in late summer in Australia with an eye toward a Christmas 2003 release.
-- Zorianna Kit and Gregg Kilday

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