Walt Disney Feature Animation has hired game show producer and writer Jay Wolpert write the screenplay for the Peter Pan prequel, Peter and the Starcatchers, based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Wolper wrote the screenplays for Disney’s The Count of Monte Cristo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and he was one of the creators of The Price Is Right game show
Under the supervision of Disney Feature Animation VP of development Jonathan Treisman, the movie will center on Pan’s years as a young orphan and his adventures aboard a merchant ship and his discovery of a magical trunk day. The Hyperion novel was on The New York Times best-seller list for 47 weeks last year.
The Mouse House is hoping to repeat the success of Chicken Little with other CG ‘animated titles such as the upcoming American Dog, Rapunzel, Meet the Robinson and Gnomeo and Juliet.