‘Brave’ Director Boards ‘Alice in Wonderland’-‘Peter Pan’ Prequel

Brenda Chapman, who directed the Academy Award-winning animated film “Brave,” will make her live-action directing debut in “Come Away,” a prequel to “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan.”

Marissa Kate Goodhill has written the script, based on the premise that the Alice and Peter characters were a brother and sister who had to deal with their older brother perishing in an accident and their parents’ despair over the tragedy — leading them ultimately to journey to Wonderland for Alice and Neverland for Peter.

Both properties are in the public domain. Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was published in 1865 while J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan first appeared in the 1902 novel “The White Bird.”

Former Paramount production president Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir are producing. “Brenda is a true visionary and her previous experience in perfectly creating imaginary worlds with such precise detail is exactly what is needed to bring to life Marissa’s enchanting script, which explores the universal theme of the importance of family,” the producers said.

Chapman directed “Brave” with Mark Andrews and became the first female to win the animation Oscar in 2012. She also helmed DreamWorks Animation’s “The Prince of Egypt” and has story credits on “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She was also story supervisor on “The Lion King.”

Manning’s producing credits include “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Jenny’s Wedding.” She served as production president at Paramount under Sherry Lansing for more than a decade.

Kahn’s producing credits include “Sanctum.” Keir was previously head of Rhonda Byrne’s TV production company.

Chapman is repped by WME and Candace Carlo at Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo. Goodhill is repped by Thruline Entertainment.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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