“Pete’s Dragon” Remake

12 Feb

Production has begun in New Zealand of a remake of Pete’s Dragon, Disney’s classic 1977 animation/live-action combo.

Photography for the film started this weekend to retell the story of an orphaned boy, Pete (played by newcomer Oakes Fegley) and his best friend, Elliott the dragon. It’s scheduled to hit theaters in August 2016.

Other notable cast members include Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who stumbles upon Elliott; Wes Bentley as Jack, a mill owner; Karl Urban as Jack’s brother Gavin; and Robert Redford as Grace’s father.

Courtesy Disney, 1977

Pete’s Dragon will be directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), who’ll also be assisting Toby Halbrooks with the screenplay.

WETA Digital, founded by Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson, is the visual effects company tasked with digitizing Elliott.

The biggest question left unanswered: Who will cover “Candle on the Water,” the movie’s tear-jerking ballad?

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