It’s no secret that Disney’s live-action adaptation of their animated classics have helped them become a powerful box-office juggernaut. The studio has already released two this year alone, and have a third planned for release later this August, though you could say that it was an unexpected choice.
Pete’s Dragon is a new telling of the 1967 classic film from David Lowery. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Wes Bently, Karl Urban, and newcomers Oakes Fegeley and Oona Laurence the film is a bit of an unconventional but welcomed adaptation, as it uses the bare bones elements of a savage boy being raised by a dragon, who then finds a home with his fellow humans, who try to figure out how he could live for so long on his own. While certain members of the small town community know of Pete’s secret friend, others see it as a threat, and are bent on capturing the creature.
We were recently invited to sit down with a group of journalists at the El Capitan last week to listen to David Lowery talk about the differences between the original and upcoming film, his process of bringing it from script to screen, the tone, songs, and more.
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Following the release of the first poster for Disney’s reimagining of Pete’s Dragon comes the teaser trailer. Directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Body Saints), the film is a retelling of the 1977 cult classic about an orphan boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley), and his best friend, who just so happens to be a dragon named Elliot. The new film also stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bently, and Oona Laurence.
Say what you will about Disney reimagining their animated classics into live-action films, but the concept has been a box office smash for them. But Pete’s Dragon was one of those rare films to be hybrid of live-action and cel animation. It wasn’t as big of a hit with the masses, but it did gain a cult fan base, and soon it will be joining the live-animation reimaginings that came before it like Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella.
Disney debuted very brief glimpses of the film during the D23 Expo in August of last year, and we haven’t heard much since then. Now, the studio has revealed the first motion poster for Pete’s Dragon. Check it out here below.
Bryce Dallas Howard popped by the Disney D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, California, yesterday to talk about Pete’s Dragon and give fans a sneak peek. She describes her character, Grace, as a realistic and practical forest ranger.