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'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross may helm 'Peter Pan' prequel
Gary Ross struck box office gold when he directed "The Hunger Games," but was unable to reach a deal with Lionsgate to stay on for the upcoming sequel, "Catching Fire."
Ross will now direct a new take of the oft-filmed fairy tale "Peter Pan" for Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Peter and the Starcatchers" is an adaptation of the 2004 novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that was the basis for the Tony-winning play.
The story centers on a young Peter and his friend Molly, who face a sinister pirate named Black Stache (a young Captain Hook) over a magical trunk filled with a pixie dust-like material.
Ross is also circling directing duties on one of two Harry Houdini biopics in the works.
"Catching Fire," meanwhile, will be directed by Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend"), although the studio may be looking for another director to tackle the series' two-part conclusion, "Mockingjay."
"The Hunger Games" earned over $400 million at the domestic box office.