Q: I heard that Disney was going to make a movie from the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series of books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Is there anything happening with that or was that all just a rumor?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You didn't mention a third option: It was not just a rumor, however there is nothing happening with that.

Disney was earnestly working on a film version of "Peter and the Starcatchers," which was a Peter Pan prequel series written by famed humorist Dave Barry and established suspense novelist Ridley Pearson. And it had every reason to be earnest about it, since it owned the property. The books were published by Hyperion, which is a Disney subsidiary.

However, the last news of this project came in 2013 and nothing seems to have been done since.

It's possible that Disney was just beaten to the punch. In 2013, movie blog JoBlo.com reported that there were two other new Peter Pan films being worked on at the same time. Of the three, the Warner Bros. production "Pan" was the first to be completed. It's due out on Oct. 9. The other one, which at one time had Channing Tatum (star of this year's "Magic Mike XXL" among other things) attached as a star, has also fizzled out.

So, as it stands, Disney's interest was not just a rumor, but it may as well have been.

If you're really devoted to seeing the books acted out, you can hope for a theatrical revival. The first book in the series was adapted into a stage play, which ran on Broadway (where it won five Tony awards), and went on a brief U.S. tour thereafter. However, its last staging happened months ago.


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