Tuesday, November 23, 2010

'Deathly Hallows' Animator to Direct Radical Reimagining of 'Peter Pan'

For those of you who know who Ben Hibdon is, you will be excited to learn that he has been handed the reins of a dramatic re-imagining of Peter Pan...the guys over at Moviefone had this to say...

Were you blown away by the extended animated sequence in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (which I have not seen) explaining what exactly the Deathly Hallows are? Even in a film brimming with eye candy, it is such a striking and evocative sequence that it was one of the first things people could be heard gushing over as they were walking out of the theater. As it turns out, those four minutes of gorgeous animation were overseen not by director David Yates, but by Swiss director Ben Hibon.

So if you were as impressed by Hibon's contribution to the world of 'Harry Potter' as we were, you'll be glad to know that he will soon be making the transition from animated shorts to feature films with 'Pan,' a re-imagining of 'Peter Pan' that was originally optioned by New Line as a potential project for genre maestro Guillermo del Toro.

The project, based on an original script from Ben Magid, has since moved away from New Line and into the hands of Energy Entertainment and Social Capital Films. Variety explains that Magid's script isn't about the forever-young Peter Pan's adventures on the island Neverland, but rather it focuses on Hook as a a former police Captain in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper. So, yes, it's a paradigm-shifting version of J. M. Barrie's classic children's tale, but it certainly sounds intriguing all the same. Plus, since the more traditional story of 'Peter Pan' has been adapted countless times in countless mediums already, it could be quite refreshing to see such a radical new twist on the tale.

In addition to his 'Deathly Hallows' sequence, Hibon has previously made a name for himself within the animation industry for his work on the video games 'Heavenly Sword' and 'Killer7,' as well as the forthcoming animated zombie film 'A.D.'

Here is a link to Hibdons short "Codehunters" and the trailer for "A.D." also pictured above, for which I am anxiously awaiting, it looks awesome.

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