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Disney plans new 'Peter Pan' prequel

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Peter and the Starcatchers will be Disney's next animated release, the studio has revealed.

The Peter Pan prequel is based on the 2004 children's book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry, which charts the origins of Peter Pan. It will be scripted by Jay Wolpert, writer of Pirates of the Caribbean.

The story centres on Peter's experiences when he becomes a stowaway on a merchant ship. He finds a trunk full of a magical substance that allows people to fly, and has to save the day when the shipment is hijacked.

The Peter Pan theme has been popular with film-makers in recent years. Successful films include Peter Pan in 2003, last year's JM Barrie biopic Finding Neverland and the classic 1991 fantasy Hook, which starred Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams.

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