Disney Hires ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Director for Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Movie

David Lowery’s new movie joins the long list of live-action adaptations planned at the studio, such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cruella de Vil”

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“Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery will helm a live-action “Peter Pan” movie for Disney, TheWrap has learned.

Lowery will reteam with “Pete’s Dragon” co-writer Toby Halbrooks.

“Peter Pan” is joining a long list of live-action properties planned at Disney: “Beauty and the Beast” is set for a 2017 release, and Emma Stone is attached to star in “Cruella De Vil.”

Tim Burton‘s upcoming “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is hitting theaters on May 27. Disney is developing a live-action film based on the story of Snow White’s sister, Rose Red. 

However, this is not the first time the boy who never grows up is hitting the big screen. Robin Williams starred as Peter in Steven Spielberg‘s “Hook,” which made to $119 million domestically in 1991.

Universal released P.J. Hogan’s “Peter Pan,” which grossed $48.4 million in 2003.

Last fall, Warner Bros. released “Pan,” starring Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund, which flopped with $35 million.

This weekend, Disney’s live-action take on “The Jungle Book” is opening in theaters, and is projected to gross $80 million its opening weekend. It stars the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o.

“Pete’s Dragon” opens on August 12. Lowery is represented by WME.

Deadline first reported the news.