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Essential to commence sales on Pan starring Eckhart, Robb

Aaron Eckhart and AnnaSophia Robb will star in the dark spin on Peter Pan that was originally set up at New Line as a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro.

Ben Hibon will direct the story from a screenplay by Ben Magid in which Eckhart plays Hook, the Captain Hook character reimagined as a tormented former detective on the trail of a childlike kidnapper. Robb, riding high following the solid recent launch of Soul Surfer, will portray Wendy, the lone survivor who leaves an asylum to help in the hunt.

Sean Bean has been cast as Smee, the chief detective and Hook’s only ally on the force. Essential Entertainment expects to kick off pre-sales in Cannes this week ahead of an October start in Eastern Europe.

Sentient’s Renee Tab and Social Capital’s Christopher Tuffin and Martin Shore are producing alongside Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver. Molinare’s Andrew Boswell will serve as a co-producer and Molinarie and Social Capital are jointly financing and producing.

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