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Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan Origin Story Going For a Young, Sexy Hook


Garrett Hedlund‘s quite the looker, but no one’s taking the “sexiest Hook” mantle from Jason Isaacs. Mrrrow.

Scan down the (long, long) list of live-action Disney movie reboots currently in development, and somewhere on it you’ll find Warner Bros.’ Pan, a Peter Pan origin story story directed by Pride and Prejudice and Atonement‘s Joe Wright. In it the major baddie will reportedly be not Hook but Blackbeard, a role for which Hugh Jackman and Javier Bardem have been rumored. But Hook will still be there, and Deadline reports that TRON: Legacy‘s Garrett Hedlund (the non-Charlie Hunnam Charlie Hunnam) beat out Ezra Miller and Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston for the role.

So what will origin story-era Hook be up to? If what we’ve heard about the script so far is correct (and it may not be), he’ll be a crewmember of Blackbeard’s who’s actually friends with Pan, only at some point they’ll have an Anakin-Obi-Wan moment and diverge onto separate paths. (No word on whether Tusken Raiders will be involved.) And then there’s the glorious (note the sarcasm, please) tidbit that Peter will gain clout on Neverland by becoming the “the savior of the natives.”

Pan. Please don’t.

Because I’m actually looking forward to this. I view most of the other fairy tale reboots (and Peter Pan isn’t a fairy tale, I know, but it’s part of the Disney wheelhouse, you know what I mean) through a lens of cynicism. Maleficent looks awful. The Alice in Wonderland sequel—officially titled Through the Looking Glass now, and potentially starring Sacha Baron Cohen in whatever the hell Through the Looking Glass role you would put Sacha Baron Cohen in—just needs to go away. Disney’s Cinderella went and replaced the director who wanted to make a more dark movie with Kenneth Branagh, and I’m never gonna talk smack about Gilderoy Lockhart, but I’d have liked to see a grim (harr harr) fairy tale movie instead of a shiny confectionary treat with pretty clothes for once. Even cynics can be pleasantly surprised—see: Frozen—but I have been done with this damn fairy tale movie trend for years.

But the gooey center at the middle of this bitter, calcified human-shaped Gobstopper is that I have a real weakness for Peter Pan stories. The Mary Martin-starring musical fills me with more of a bitter glow of nostalgia than any Disney movie does. Hook is a damn cinematic masterpiece, and I will start a food fight with anyone who claims otherwise. I only saw the 2003 version with Jason Isaacs fairly recently, but it wormed its hooks into my heart within the first five minutes. I’m considering giving Once Upon a Time, like, a fifth shot and finally watching season three because of Neverland. It’s intense. I’m totally biased. Sleeping Beauty/Cinderella/Beauty and the Beast? Nahhh. Peter Pan origin story? Bring it.

(Deadline via Nerdist)

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  • tsee

    As a fervent Once fan, I highly encourage everyone to watch. Colin O’Donoghue may actually get you to reconsider your Jason Isaacs stance. However, you should probably be warned that Once’s take on Peter Pan is a lot more in line with the dark undercurrents of the original stories (in which Pan is kind of a dick and a hyperbolic representation of the worst incarnation of “boys will be boys”) than with the fluffy, charming, and free-spirited Peter Pan made popular by Disney et al.

    I personally like a dark and sinister twist on tales, and if you were itching for something a bit more grim, it might be up your alley; however, I know a lot of people who are really in love with the mischievous-but-ultimately-kind-hearted Disney version who were once Once fans but no longer, purely based on how the show embodied Peter and, to some degree, Hook. So I wanted to give you that warning.

    But seriously. Give Once another shot. It makes me so sad that TMS doesn’t seem to have the same love and affection for the show that I and my friends do, especially considering the female-led cast which is made up almost exclusively of ladies with oodles of agency, who take their own lives and destinies into their own hands (prophecies be damned), and kick just as much ass as the boys.

  • Laura Truxillo

    ‘Peter will gain clout on Neverland by becoming the “the savior of the natives.”’

    Oh. Oh Disney. Honey. No. NO. Sweetie, it’s 2014. We’ve talked about this. So so much. Put it down. Down.

  • Anonymous

    I am pretty sure the only reason I watch OUAT nowadays is for Colin O’Donoghue.

  • tsee

    His face is just so pretty. O_O

  • tsee

    His face is just so pretty. O_O

  • tsee

    His face is just so pretty. O_O

  • tsee

    His face is just so pretty. O_O

  • tsee

    His face is just so pretty. O_O

  • Erin Macdonald

    I’m pretty sure that if Hook was that sexy, he wouldn’t have developed the complexes he did. Oh Hollywood, why must you sex-ify all of your brooding Byronic male characters?!?!

  • locuas

    Wait, i know this one. Hook fell to the dark say because of someone he loved broke his heart!

  • locuas

    Because Twilight is far from being dead…

  • locuas

    Because Twilight is far from being dead…

  • locuas

    Because Twilight is far from being dead…

  • locuas

    Because Twilight is far from being dead…

  • locuas

    Because Twilight is far from being dead…

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The idea of Peter as a bad guy appeals to me so much. Even in the Disney movie he was quite the little jerk, and the chance of pace really appealed to me.

    I like Once’s Hook. It was Snow, Henry, and Charming that did me in for Once, honestly. They have *such* a good cast of supporting characters—many of them, as you rightfully point out, female characters with agency—and they just kept focusing on the same handful and their same oft-repeated problems. It got to the point where I was literally flicking my computer screen every time Henry showed up.

    One of these days I’ll go back to it. One of these days.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The idea of Peter as a bad guy appeals to me so much. Even in the Disney movie he was quite the little jerk, and the chance of pace really appealed to me.

    I like Once’s Hook. It was Snow, Henry, and Charming that did me in for Once, honestly. They have *such* a good cast of supporting characters—many of them, as you rightfully point out, female characters with agency—and they just kept focusing on the same handful and their same oft-repeated problems. It got to the point where I was literally flicking my computer screen every time Henry showed up.

    One of these days I’ll go back to it. One of these days.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The idea of Peter as a bad guy appeals to me so much. Even in the Disney movie he was quite the little jerk, and the chance of pace really appealed to me.

    I like Once’s Hook. It was Snow, Henry, and Charming that did me in for Once, honestly. They have *such* a good cast of supporting characters—many of them, as you rightfully point out, female characters with agency—and they just kept focusing on the same handful and their same oft-repeated problems. It got to the point where I was literally flicking my computer screen every time Henry showed up.

    One of these days I’ll go back to it. One of these days.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The idea of Peter as a bad guy appeals to me so much. Even in the Disney movie he was quite the little jerk, and the chance of pace really appealed to me.

    I like Once’s Hook. It was Snow, Henry, and Charming that did me in for Once, honestly. They have *such* a good cast of supporting characters—many of them, as you rightfully point out, female characters with agency—and they just kept focusing on the same handful and their same oft-repeated problems. It got to the point where I was literally flicking my computer screen every time Henry showed up.

    One of these days I’ll go back to it. One of these days.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    The idea of Peter as a bad guy appeals to me so much. Even in the Disney movie he was quite the little jerk, and the chance of pace really appealed to me.

    I like Once’s Hook. It was Snow, Henry, and Charming that did me in for Once, honestly. They have *such* a good cast of supporting characters—many of them, as you rightfully point out, female characters with agency—and they just kept focusing on the same handful and their same oft-repeated problems. It got to the point where I was literally flicking my computer screen every time Henry showed up.

    One of these days I’ll go back to it. One of these days.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, Tink, you can’t toy with people’s emotions like that.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, Tink, you can’t toy with people’s emotions like that.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, Tink, you can’t toy with people’s emotions like that.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, Tink, you can’t toy with people’s emotions like that.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Dammit, Tink, you can’t toy with people’s emotions like that.

  • Erin Macdonald

    True :( I’d pretty much blocked that from my brain (no offence to the Twilight fans!)… I much prefer my Snapes, Rochesters, and (Jason Isaacs-style) Hooks!

  • tsee

    I am choosing to believe that they mean, “the natives” as, like…the people of Neverland, the people who were there before Pan arrived, as opposed to the “native peoples”? I can’t tell if that is really all that much better, but it makes me throw up in my mouth a little less…

  • tsee

    Fair point. Their cloying subplots are probably my least favourite parts of Once, even though I find them adorable–they’re just not as interesting as the rest! Season 3, though, it’s kind of nice to see them move more into their role as Emma’s parents, and there are some great scenes. Henry also gets somewhat less obnoxious, though still annoyingly naive at times…

    But Hook. And Pan. And Rumbelle and all the ships and some of the (bar-none) greatest redemption/character development arcs I have ever been priveleged to watch on TV…they do a pretty good job of cancelling the low points out, IMO.

  • Amanda Pina

    I just start to read the original Peter Pan book. Yes, he sounds like a vilian, but I don’t know how good (or how bad) this series can be.

  • Isaac Nolan

    I’m really not enjoying this new trend “Alice in Wonderland” started, of remaking all these fairy tales and classic stories into more “adult” movies, especially when the original stories themselves are more often than not more gruesome than any popular adaption. Personally I didn’t really like this trend right when it first started with “Alice”, but that’s probably just my own bias since it’s my favourite book and the original Disney “Alice” still ranks highly on my own personal Disney chart.

    The less said about the upcoming “Maleficent” movie the better, but I will say that I prefer my villains to STAY as villains.

  • Ashe

    Oh, this should be funny. Wait. Funny? I meant lame. And boring.

    And I *like* Garrett Hedlund. He’s a pretty solid actor.

  • Isaac Nolan

    Lame and boring? What makes you say that (sarcasm in it’s fullest). This is a bad premise if I ever did hear one, but as Tina Fey put it, in the Golden Globes opening, “This is Hollywood and if something kinda works they’ll just keep doing it until everybody hates it”. *sigh*

  • Ashe

    Hear, hear.

    They’ll continuously snub the Wonder Woman film that everyone is asking for and instead give us the Peter Pan film with a sexy Hook that nobody asked for.

  • Lia Hansen

    Honestly, I think I like this reboot idea least of all the fairy tale ones. I stopped watching Once Upon a Time fairly immediately after realizing that they had no idea which Disney stories were actually fairy tales or not and just started throwing everything they could remember from childhood into weird England/America fairy tale world. And they do Peter Pan worst of all.

    There have actually been a lot of Peter Pan adaptations I’ve really liked. Hook was great, the Peter and the Starcatchers books were amazing, and Disney’s been able to make some really successful kids shows out of it that my little cousins have told me good things about, which is all pretty surprising considering the fairly racist source material. But this show just sounds like an excuse to put more brooding antihero teenage boys on TV. I get the strange feeling that both Peter and Hook will have immaculately styled hair throughout the entire duration of the show, no matter what they’re doing.

  • Isaac Nolan

    Mm, here’s hoping Gal Gadot’s role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman VS Batman or whatever it’s being called leads into her own standalone movie. Too bad that from the sounds of things her origin is being completely changed. I’m alright with a little tweaking for the sake of making sense in a cinematic universe, but holy smokes Batman are they changing the character into something she’s not.

    More importantly though, here’s hoping Gal Gadot can actually do the character justice or else every man and his dog will completely give up on the character, which is obviously unfair since as I stated above, it doesn’t look like Gal’s getting a version anybody could do justice to, thanks for changing things we didn’t want changed Hollywood (which conveniently leads right back into the topic of the “Pan” adaptation and how nobody wants it or it’s changed characters).

  • Skol Troll

    I’m still watching the show, but if they bring in another Darth-Vaderesque reveal, I’m out.

    Seriously… this “worst Thanksgiving ever” thing needs to stop.

  • Ashe

    They’re changing her origin story to STILL revolve around a man’s backstory and identity (ugh). They got a rather thin actress to play a character normally portrayed as muscular and tall (but Gal Gadot also has military training? That’s cool).

    I’m so mixed. I want to give her a chance, but all of these little things are sticking in my craw.

  • Isaac Nolan

    Yep, she’s literally the prime example of a strong (both physically and writing wise) super heroine, yet she’s still not good enough for a standalone film, let alone her original backstory?! Not to mention this rumoured, altered backstory looks terrible to me, if it’s true it’s obvious the character is already being thrown into the ring without a fighting chance, how is DC supposed to establish her as a hero in this universe, when she’s being written to revolve around Superman! So much “Ugh” right now.

    I’m not incredibly thrilled by the casting, but it isn’t terrible either in my own opinion. I’m definitely hoping Gal will bulk up for it, but unfortunately she has the rest of her career to keep in mind (since I’m certain this DC thing won’t go too well for her). If she bulks up she’ll have difficulty finding more work, because apparently while it’s alright for a man to be a walking hulk, a woman shouldn’t have even the slightest bit of visible muscle. Shaking my head at you Hollywood.

  • Ashe

    Very good point.

    This is where I’m sympathetic to Gadot-she has a LOT of pressure living up to Wonder Woman’s expectations, society’s expectations, and trying to find a middle ground that is very likely going to please nobody.

    (if we had more than one live-action Wonder Woman flick this could easily be avoided but nope we need another Batman movie HNNNGGHHHH)

  • Isaac Nolan

    It’s just so unfair that because of society’s notions of what is “normal” for a certain gender in terms of appearance, we don’t get to see an actress truly embody Wonder Woman. Then again, who knows, maybe she will bulk up and look like the sort of build we’d expect WW to have, and just deal with the backlash from the public. It’s unlikely but possible, and luckily for her she’s conventionally pretty which could definitely lessen the blow if she does decide to go all out.

    I think the problem here can also be accustomed to the constant competition that’s going on between DC and Marvel, in the sense that Marvel’s casting of characters has definitely held it’s fair share of surprises with relatively unknown actors and actresses. DC seems to have tried to recreate this with Gadot’s casting, being an almost completely unknown actress, but so far it doesn’t look as if it’s worked in their favour, which is nothing against her merit as an actress or her skills, she’s just not quite the right fit for the character.

    (I’ve never been a fan of Batman, to me his villains are always the interesting part of his comics, so I’m sick of the attention going to him. Basically out of the “holy trinity” of DC superheroes, Wonder Woman is the only one I’ve ever really liked. Batman and Superman just don’t interest me that much. Like seriously DC you have the most well-known female super-heroine EVER at your disposal, DO SOMETHING WITH HER).

  • Ashe

    DC just doesn’t know how to do their job, haha. I expect them to fumble Wonder Woman spectacularly, if their past treatment of female characters (Batwoman, Harley Quinn…) is any indication.

    I wish unknowns weren’t considered such wild cards. There are so many brilliant actors that aren’t given a chance because their names don’t draw (bored, caustic)gazes like Tom Cruise. This is why I love the indie circuit.

    And I’m on the same boat, as are many of my friends. Batman isn’t much of a draw on his own (seriously depends on the writer), but the villains and the world of Gotham is endlessly compelling.

  • Nicoclaws

    And chest hair. And so much slash with Charming.

  • Antigone Black

    Does no one realize that Peter Pan HAS an origin story? Like, J.M. Barrie wrote one. It’s already a thing. And while Hook is important in the Darling-centered Pan story, he is quickly forgotten about after he died, and there is no reason to believe that he would feature at all in Peter’s origins.

  • Antigone Black

    Also, big huge thing no one has brought up- Captain Hook is a foil for Mr. Darling. They’re literally the same man within the original play. He’s meant to be a symbolic villain for Wendy specifically, and for Peter in that he(Peter) is a stand in for children everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Um… not trying to detract from your point (sexy Hook…grumpy sigh), but sort of the point of a Byronic character is that they are sexy… not in a ‘conventionally attractive hollywood actor with chiseled jaw and pout’ kind of way but a Heathcliff/Lord Byron himself ‘I know you’re an arse and this is going to end badly but I still want to bang you’ kind of way…. I wouldn’t call Hook (or Snape, as mentioned below) Byronic.

  • Anonymous

    Who…. who sexified Frankenstein?/

  • Anonymous

    Hey Kenneth Branagh can do dark pretty well, ever seen Wallander?

  • Erin Macdonald

    I appreciate that I’m not always as eloquent on commenting as I should be, and you make a fair point, however, the Byronic archetype goes beyond Heathcliff and yes, Lord Byron himself. Granted, Snape is pushing it a bit, but Hook definitely fits the bill, and maybe some better examples are Rochester (as I mentioned), The Phantom, Beast, V (in V for Vendetta)… it’s much more complex than being an arse and still wanting to bang them. That they have a troubled past, are cynical towards the world but are capable of affection, deep down. It’s obviously a spectrum, Heathcliff is on the “crazy, dangerous and nearly incapable of true affection” whereas characters that usually end up in a happy relationship (or have found themselves capable of falling in love) at the end of the story (Rochester, V, the usual anti-hero love interest) would be on the other side.

    We obviously don’t know all about Hook, but the original story/play hints towards a much deeper past and a desire for real love. Jason Isaacs was able to convey this through his acting, which I really appreciated and I would hope that future stories would continue to portray him as complex.

    Sorry for not making my point more clear, and I still understand if you disagree, but in my interpretation of the Byronic archetype it makes sense.

  • Anonymous

    Oh don’t apologise! Thank you for a very eloquent and well reasoned reply. I still wouldn’t personally class Hook as Byronic but I do see your point now (especially with Jason Isaacs Hook). yay for reasonable internet discourse.

  • Rosemary

    Google “I, Frankenstein.” Then feel free to tear your hair and weep for the death of creativity.

  • Anonymous

    WHYYYYYYY!?