Another day, another weird story from Hollywood. Hardman hottie Channing Tatum is reportedly working on a new version of Peter Pan.
It is thought that he has teamed up with the screenwriter Billy Ray and the producer Joe Roth to make Peter Pan Begins. We’re guessing the Step Up star will not be playing Peter unless it’s Peter on steroids, but who else will he be? Hook? Doesn’t seem likely. Maybe he’ll just be working as a producer on the project.
Roth had success last year with Alice in Wonderland, and he is working on the Sam Rami film Oz, The Great and Powerful which is rumoured to be starring James Franco. He’s also working on one of the many Snow White remakes Snow White and the Huntsman, which will see Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart as the leads. There seems to be a reoccurring theme running through all his projects, they are all reworks of classic fairy tales. Is someone suffering from Peter Pan syndrome?
We’re not so sure about the title Peter Pan Begins, it’s too similar to Batman Begins so all we can imagine at this point for the prequel is Peter Pan looking buffer with more violence, which doesn’t seem right at all.
Tatum plays Marcus Aquila who travels to Scotland from Rome to solve the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth legion and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the elite Roman regiment. The film is based on The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, a children’s book originally published in 1954.
Sounds good, particularly if Tatum will be wearing those cute Roman outfits. On a serious note though it looks like this could be the making of him as a serious actor. Speaking about the role he said:
“The Eagle was definitely the most dangerous film I’ve ever done.We were on horseback on unsteady ground on cliffs, places where horses should never have been. I came back broken — physically, mentally and spiritually. I knew it was going to be hard and gruelling, but I didn’t realize how cold it was going to be.”
The Eagle will be released in UK cinemas on March 25 and watch this space for more news of Tatum in leggings (hopefully) for Peter Pan.