'Pete's Dragon' Writer David Lowery Now in Talks to Direct

This live-action remake of the 1977 animated feature follows a young boy and his pet dragon.

Just over one year after he signed on to co-write the script for the Pete's Dragon remake, David Lowery is now in negotiations to direct the live-action feature.

The original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, was a live-action/animated hybrid that followed a young boy and his pet dragon, as they run away to escape his abusive adoptive parents. This new version, written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, will reinvent the core of the original, removing all of the musical elements.

David Lowery made his feature debut with 2009's St. Nick, about a group of runaway children who learn to fend for themselves in the wild. Last year, his indie Ain't Them Bodies Saints debuted at Sundance before it was picked up by IFC Films and released in August. The filmmaker also produced Listen Up Philip, which debuted at Sundance this year and stars Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Elisabeth Moss.

The filmmaker is also attached to direct an adaptation of Kevin Powers' novel The Yellow Birds, although insiders believe that project will take a back seat to Pete's Dragon.

Pete's Dragon was released November 3rd, 1977 and stars Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Sean Marshall, Jane Kean, Jim Backus. The film is directed by Don Chaffey.

Sources: The Wrap

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  1. gumperman

    I don't like this! I love the classic Pete's Dragon from the 70's and don't think it ever needed to be remade. Just watch that one, it still holds up.

    10 months agoby @gumpermanFlag