Filming has begun in New Zealand on “Pete’s Dragon,” a reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic about an orphaned boy (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend who just happens to be a dragon.
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard as a park ranger who discovers the existence of the dragon, Wes Bentley as a local mill owner, Karl Urban as the mill owner’s brother, Oona Laurence as a young girl who befriends Pete, and Robert Redford as the girl’s father.
David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) will helm the live action film which will use CG animation from WETA Digital to render the dragon. Lowery and Toby Halbrooks penned the script.
Shooting will begin around Wellington before moving north to Rotorua and later to the south in Tapanui and Invercargill. “Pete’s Dragon” is currently slated for an August 2016 release.