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The popular children's story of Peter Pan, written by Scottish playwright J. M. Barrie, has been retold in various adaptations in media, film being the most popular. Some have been straight up adaptations of the story, others reimagined origin stories and prequels.

Live-action[]

  • Peter Pan by Paramount Pictures (1924), an authorised silent movie adaptation. It starred Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy Darling, and Virginia Brown Faire as Tinker Bell. Barrie was involved in this production and wrote a screenplay for it, but Paramount instead used the original stage script, taking dialogue from it for the intertitles.
  • Never Never Land, a film starring Petula Clark, about a woman whose niece, captivated by the Peter Pan story, runs away and takes refuge with a group of "lost boys" squatting in a deserted London townhouse.
  • Peter Pan, an unauthorised live-action musical adaptation by Belarusfilm for Soviet television. Featuring easily one of the youngest cast of any filmed adaptation of the story with a different set of Lost Boys besides the twins to J.M. Barrie's original such as Braggart/Curly, Little Boy/Tootles, Bully and Joker.
  • Hook by Steven Spielberg (1991), an authorised live-action sequel. A family action/adventure film starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. The film has a grown-up "Peter Banning" who has forgotten his childhood, lured back to Neverland by Captain Hook, who has kidnapped Peter's two young children in an attempt to once again find meaning in his life. Despite mixed reviews by critics, the film was popular with audiences and grossed nearly $120 million in the U.S., making it the 4th highest-grossing movie of 1991.
  • I Would Be Peter Pandirected by Gheorghe Naghi (1991), a Romanian film about a boy who has Peter Pan's adventures.
  • Peter Pan directed by P. J. Hogan (2003), an authorised live-action movie adaptation. This version is notable for its directness in addressing the romantic elements between Peter (Jeremy Sumpter) and Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood). Captain Hook was portrayed by Jason Isaacs (who also plays the role of Mr Darling), and Tinker Bell was played by Ludivine Sagnier. The $100 million film boasted state-of-the-art special effects by ILM and took nearly a year to produce in Australia, but was not a financial success for Universal Studios (USA/France/English countries) and Columbia Pictures.
  • Neverland by writer/director Damion Dietz (2003), an unauthorized film reinterpretation. Set in early 21st-century Los Angeles and heavily "updated" for this setting, Dietz's independently produced film—featuring Wil Wheaton as John Darling—maintains much of the characterization, plot and themes of Barrie's original story.
  • Pan, a 2015 alternative origin story directed by Joe Wright set in WWII. The cast includes Levi Miller as Pan, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Adeel Akhtar as Smee, Nonso Anozie as Bishop, Lewis MacDougall as Nibs and Amanda Seyfried as Mary.
  • Wendy, a live-action re-imagining directed by Benh Zeitlin. About an alternative Peter Pan from Wendy's perspective set in contemporary times. The cast includes Devin France as Wendy, Yashua Mack as Peter, Kevin Pugh as Hook, Krzysztof Meyn as Thomas and Gage & Gavin Naquin as the Darling Twins.
  • Come Away (2020), an alternative origin film directed by Brenda Chapman. Set in period London that portrays Peter Pan as the brother of Alice from Lewis Carroll's story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The cast includes Jordan Nash as Peter, as well as Angelina Jolie as Rose Littleton, David Oyelowo as Jack Littleton, David Gyasi as Captain James, Clarke Peters as Hatter Littleton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Alice Darling.
  • The Lost Girls (2022) is a drama fantasy film based upon the Peter Pan inspired 2003 novel of the same name by Laurie Fox. The cast includes Livia De Paolis (who also wrote and directed the film) as Wendy, Ella-Rae Smith as Wendy's daughter Berry, Louis Partridge as Peter Pan, and Iain Glen as Hook. The film was released in June 2022.[1]
  • Peter Pan & Wendy (2022), an upcoming live action adaptation of the 1953 Disney movie will be directed by David Lowery and written by him and Toby Halbrooks, and starring Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson as Peter Pan and Wendy Darling, Jude Law as Captain Hook, Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell and Alyssa Alook as Tiger Lily.

Animated[]

  • Peter Pan (released on 5 February 1953), an authorised animated adaptation by Walt Disney. Disney licensed the film rights to the story in 1939 from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. It featured music by Sammy Cahn, Frank Churchill, Sammy Fain, and Ted Sears. 15-year-old film actor Bobby Driscoll supplied the voice of Peter, while Wendy was portrayed by Kathryn Beaumont, who previously portrayed Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Hook was portrayed by Hans Conried (who also played Mr. Darling), and Margaret Kerry did live-action references for Tinker Bell. This version contained little of the original dialogue from the play or its novelization.
  • Peter Pan, an unauthorized Australian direct-to-video animated adaptation.
  • The High Flying Adventures of Peter Pan (1990), an unauthorized direct-to-video animated adaptation by Saban Productions.
  • Return to Never Land from Disney (February 2002), an authorized animated sequel to the 1953 Disney film. Wendy's daughter Jane becomes involved with Peter Pan. The movie takes place during World War II, set amidst the Blitz (1940), and deals with the issue of children being forced to grow up too fast.
  • Peter Pan: The Quest for the Never Book (2018), a CGI animated film by DQ Entertainment which is set in the same universe as the animated TV series The New Adventures of Peter Pan. When the magical Never Book falls into Captain Hook's hands, putting all of Neverland into danger, Peter Pan must fulfill the prophecy of the Neverbook and with the help of his friends save London and Neverland.
  • Peter Pan - Saving Tinkerbell (2019), a CGI animated film by Italian production company Red Raion, in which Peter Pan has to save Tinkerbell after she has been kidnapped by Captain Hook.[2]

Short films[]

  • Never by writer/director Devon Ford (2009), a 25-minute short film that references the Peter Pan story heavily.
  • Peter by director Nicolas Duval (2012), an adaptation of the French BD Peter Pan set in Dickensian Europe by Régis Loisel depicting an alternative origin story of a lowly street kid tied to Neverland.
  • Never Land (2010)
  • East of Kensington (2012)
  • Bangarang (2017)
  • The Lost Girl (2018)
  • Darling, Darling, Wendy (2019), a dark adaptation acting as a sequel to the Peter Pan story, which was written and produced by Katherine Sainte Marie. The film follows a grown up Wendy Darling who is married and with a daughter Jane, but is discontent and depressed with her life and heavily regrets leaving Neverland.
  • Peter Pan (2021)

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