It’s been announced that Reese Witherspoon’s Tinkerbell is coming as a live-action take on the classic Peter Pan character. The actress will produce the film with Bruna Papandrea, her partner at the duo’s production banner, Pacific Standard, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
Witherspoon, who has the comedy Hot Pursuit in theaters, just set up the drama Pale Blue Dot, to which she is attached as star and producer, at Fox Searchlight. Reese will star in the movie is called Think, although there’s no director named at this time.
Victoria Strouse, who wrote the script for Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, is penning the script for the project, which does not have a director on board and is still in development.
Details on the project’s angle with Witherspoon are being kept secret, but insiders say it will play with the idea and the timeline of the well-known Peter Pan narrative. Reese will star in a project developed vein of Maleficent, Disney’s 2014 hit that starred Angelina Jolie as the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty.
Like Maleficent, this Tinker Bell tale is conceived as “the story you don’t know,” and will offer a new perspective on the character. Unlike Maleficent or some other recent Disney movies, however, Tink is being developed to be made in a more modest, midrange budget.
Reese Witherspoon’s Tinkerbell was initially a minor and nonspeaking character in J.M. Barrie’s Pan story, with first appearance in Disney’s 1953 classic animated feature. It soon became one of the symbols of Disney and is at the center of the lucrative Disney Fairies franchise.
Tinkerbell has typically been portrayed as a temperamental character who can become dangerously jealous due to her unrequited love for the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The last time Witherspoon’s character appeared on the big screen was in 1991 when Robin Williams starred as Peter Pan with Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell in Hook.
But Witherspoon stars in the second “Peter Pan”-related film in recent memory and continues Disney’s trend of turning beloved cartoons into live-action films. Similar to Reese, “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is due out March 2017, and the studio recently announced plans to remake “Pinocchio” and “Mulan,” among other franchises.
Before Witherspoon joined the project, Elizabeth Banks was attached to the role, and said the film was about what happens when the fairy gets thrown out of Never Never Land. It seems to be filled with action and suspense.
“It’s about where she goes and who she meets and the adventures she has …” Banks said at the time.
There is also the new Star Wars by Disney on the horizon. So far, it sounds like Reese Witherspoon’s Tinkerbell will be entertaining for the audience and lucrative for the company.