To make the live-action remake of Peter and Elliott , Disney had the good idea to recruit the gifted David Lowery , author of the ethereal runaway film The Lovers of Texas starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck , and since then of the ghost film worn by the same duo, A Ghost Story . Rather than a very faithful remake of the 1977 original (little known anyway) in The Jungle Book or Cinderella style , its Peter and Elliott the dragonfrom 2016 was thought of as a reinvention that connects to the Amblin style and kept only the basic idea: a little boy is friends with a big dragon. Here is his trailer, which illustrates the issues and the atmosphere.
The pitch? We are between the late 1970s and early 1980s, somewhere in the northwest of the United States. Peter (young Oakes Fegley ) is an abandoned child who lived six years in the woods with Elliott the Kind Dragon (a large, furry green critter that looks a bit like the Falkor from The Neverending Story ), before being rescued by Grace ( Bryce Dallas Howard ), sheriff of the small town next to the forest where the dragon hides. Obviously, there is a crooked entrepreneur ( Karl Urban ) who wants to capture Elliott, and there you have it. And there’s Robert Redford , who plays Grace’s father, an old storyteller cabinetmaker. Amblin plus the magic of Disney storytelling:Première strongly advises you to discover this lovely film with your family, this evening on M6. It will be followed by another unseen free-to-air production from the studio: A Shortcut in Time, by Ava DuVernay .