A live-action prequel to both Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan is in the works, and the project already has a director.
Animator, writer, and director Brenda Chapman will helm the crossover feature, which will be titled Come Away. Wondering how Alice and Peter will cross paths? The premise is an intriguing one: this version of events posits the two as siblings wrestling with the aftermath of their eldest brother’s death in a tragic accident. While attempting rescue their parents from a devastating descent into grief, Alice and Peter must decide between living in the real world or an imagined one—Wonderland and Neverland, respectively.
Chapman has had a successful career in animation. Besides co-directing and co-writing 2012′s Brave (for which she won an Oscar), Chapman has done animation work on Chicken Run and Who Framed Roger Rabbit; story work on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King; and directed The Prince of Egypt. Given the beloved classics included in that list, we should have nothing to worry about regarding Chapman handling the iconic characters of Alice and Peter.
Come Away, Chapman’s first live-action film, will be written by Marissa Kate Goodhill and produced by Michelle Lanning, Leesa Kahn, and Andrea Keir.