Get ready for another Disney redo – this time with a less popular property unburdened by astronomical audience expectations. After a quiet production, Disney is finally giving us a look at Pete’s Dragon. The original is one I remember on decent rotation in my childhood, but I can recall little more than some type of beer barrel saloon dance, a lighthouse, and “Candle on the Water”.
While there are slight vibes of How to Train Your Dragon, the tone here feels more drawn from the family-friendly days of Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The film has perhaps smartly kept under a tight seal until now by Disney with the directorial talents of Aint Them Bodies Saints‘s David Lowery promising a unique soulful eye for this kind of crowdpleaser. The response so far seems to be muted (it is a pretty brief glimpse), but I wonder if this might be a late summer surprise. The cast includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Karl Urban, and Wes Bentley.
Pete’s Dragon opens August 12!