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Disney Hires Writers For Pete’s Dragon Remake


Here’s your “no, no, please stop” news of the day: Disney is planning to remake the 1977 fan-favorite Pete’s Dragon. Yes, the one with Elliot, the animated dragon who made us all wish we had as cool imaginary friends as the orphan Pete. It turns out the studio has already ordered a screenplay for the new movie, although a director has not been chosen.

Deadline reports that Ain’t Them Bodies Saints writer/director David Lowry has been tapped to pen the script with his writing partner Toby Halbrooks. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints made waves at Sundance, and it’s an interesting choice to have an indie and short film writer like Lowry reinvent a family film. Although he made his feature debut with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, at this point Lowry is acting only as co-writer on Pete’s Dragon.

Unlike the 1977 film, this new version will not be a musical. It’s unclear if the new movie will be a meld of live-action and animation like the original or something else entirely. Jim Whitaker will act as a producer on the project. The first Pete’s Dragon starred Sean Marshall, Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters and Jim Dale.


  • Chris Weihert

    OK, “Pete’s Dragon” was my childhood when I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s. Elliott the dragon was even my imaginary friend for a few years. Hearing about a remake is making me nervous. With the way society is nowadays, I bet the remake’s going to be less fun and more serious. The fun and serious parts were balanced in the original, and knowing how lovable Elliott is… God, PLEASE let him shine like he used to. Also, I hope that they will rebuild the lighthouse from the original. That’s my dream home, and I’d love to see its beautiful façade again along the coast. All this coming from a man who will be 21 years old in two days and a fan of the film ever since he was a daydreaming autistic youngster who had Elliott as an imaginary friend within his lonely environment at school. God, PLEASE let the remake be good. :’-)

  • FredII

    Gritty reboots away!

  • PixieAngelo

    Awful, terrible idea. Freaky Friday? The Parent Trap? Escape From Witch Mountain? Disney does not do well with re-creating the original magic. Are they trying to justify the cost of the dragon that flew over Fantasyland for two minutes? Does a “gritty” Sundance Festival film give one the chops to make a magical, feel-good Disney film? No sir, can’t get behind this project.