Gary Ross Set To Direct “Starcatchers”

“The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross has finally locked down his next directing vehicle – “Peter And The Starcatchers” for Disney Pictures says Deadline.

The project is adaptation of the 2004 fantasy novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, which itself was recently turned into a multi-Tony winning musical. Jesse Wigutow is adapting the script with the studio currently waiting on a new draft to be delivered in October.

A prequel of a kind to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”, the story follows a young Peter who befriends Molly, a shipmate he meets on the Never Land ship headed toward King Zarboff.

Molly tells Peter of a mysterious trunk filled with magical starstuff that must remain out of the hands of the pirate Black Stache (who will lose his hand and become Captain Hook). Peter and Molly lead an effort to recover the trunk.

Though not yet budgeted, Ross hopes to get into production on it as early as next year. Now set as his next choice, Ross has almost certainly passed on directing Summit’s “The Secret Life Of Houdini” which never got to a deal stage anyway.