Gary Ross To Helm “The Starcatchers”

Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) is developing Disney’s proposed “Peter and the Starcatchers” movie as a directing vehicle says The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

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.