Gary Ross didn’t re-up for the sequel to this year’s big hit “The Hunger Games” so he has some free time. And what will he do with it? Possibly direct the adaptation of the book and play “Peter and the Starcatchers.”
The 2004 novel was written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The theatrical version debuted off-Broadway last year and arrived on Broadway this year. It won five Tony Awards.
Amazon describes the book this way:
Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. Afast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.
The play is supposed to be a lot of fun. I’m not sure how it would fare in the hands of Ross, who has done his best with middling personal dramas.