Writing a prequel cannot be an easy task as you are basing your story on information the original author did not feel merited being included at all, so coming up with subject matter that is not only interesting but also doesn’t shit all over the original has got to be a little tricky. Today prequels have become just another way for a Hollywood, bereft of original ideas, to continue to crank out more “identifiable” products after they’ve run out of plots for sequels. Peter Pan itself has been subjected to several prequels. In 2011 the SyFy Network made a dreadful mini-series called Neverland, but back in 2004 Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson co-wrote an excellent book series “Peter Pan and the Starcatchers” that Disney is apparently going to adapt someday, but it’s Joe Wright’s Pan that we will be looking at today.
Right off the bat we are saddled with some completely unnecessary voice over as a ghostly narrator informs us, “I’m going to tell you a story about a boy who would never grow up. About the pirate who wished to kill him. About the island where fairies roamed, but this isn’t the story you have heard before because sometimes friends begin as enemies and enemies begin as friends. Sometimes to truly understand how things end we must first know how they begin.” Now in this movie we do learn where Peter came from, and that at one time he and James Hook were friends, but we never get even an inkling as to what could have happened that would someday lead Peter to chop of his friends hand and feed it to a crocodile. Did Joe Wright think he was going to get to make another film after this one? A sequel-prequel if you will. The fact that this movie was a box office bomb has ensured that this will most definitely not be happening, but what actually went wrong with this film?