Disney just released a teaser for a modern retelling of their classic 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. While people are usually quick to judge remakes, Disney has been on a hot streak lately bringing their animated features to live action retellings.
Even though the 1977 film was only partly animated I think this would qualify in the category of a live action remake and i’m willing to be that it will be decently successful. A full version trailer will give us a better idea, but this is a really interesting first look.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.