Disney has been all about recreating the success of it’s old animated features in live action. Well recently we learned that they would be remaking a live action movie remake in Pete’s Dragon. The original mixed live action and animation, with the dragon being the animated portion. The first trailer for the remake elected to hide the dragon, giving us just some veiled glimpses at the lauded beast. Well Entertainment Weekly recently dropped a spread for the upcoming film, and we now have a much closer look at the Dragon in Pete’s Dragon, and it is very different than the original.
Check out the image here!
This definitely has a different tone than the carefree and fun loving version we got in the 70’s, but the franchise facelift is not such a bad thing. It’ll be interesting to see how this film portrays the relationship between Pete and his magical dragon, but the trailer gives off sort of a Jungle Book flair, which could be detrimental if not played out correctly. The image is interesting, and certainly different. The remake features a cast that includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford. The story, written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks Based on Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field’s work, centers on Pete, a boy found in the woods who claims to have lived in the wild with a dragon named Elliott. Grace (Howard), a forest ranger and the daughter of a folktale-spouting wood carver (Redford), sets out to find out where Pete came from and whether his tall tale holds any water.
Pete’s Dragon hits theaters on August 12. Here’s the official synopsis:
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
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