Inside Move: ‘Pan’ pandemic

Studios drawn back to Neverland

The story about a boy who never grows old itself never seems to grow old.

Last week, Miramax sprinkled pixie dust over the third recent project based on perpetual boy-man Peter Pan.

Johnny Depp will star in “Neverland,” which follows J. M. Barrie’s struggles to stage “Peter Pan” in 1904.

Since then, of course, things have panned out nicely for his yarn. The tale has undergone endless permutations, including the 1953 Disney animated classic, a Broadway musical, 1991’s live-action “Hook,” even a pop-psych book.

And already this year, Disney released a modest animated sequel, “Return to Neverland,” that grossed a nifty $45 million in 31 days.

Meanwhile Disney, Revolution, Sony and Red Wagon are splitting responsibilities for a live-action remake with a budget likely to sail past $100 million. So far, only helmer P. J. Hogan and Jason Isaacs (as Hook) have climbed aboard.

Despite the fleet of Pan projects, execs say they aren’t competing with one another. They point to the successful variations Disney played on “101 Dalmatians,” with an animated original, live-action remake and sequel.

“I think it’s a classic story that’s been told so many times, and here we have three takes that show how many ways it can be done,” says a Revolution exec.

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