With live-action versions of “Pete’s Dragon,” “Winnie the Pooh” and “Beauty and the Beast” all on the way, Disney is ramping up its live-action blitz. Co-writer/director David Lowery’s reimagining of the 1977 animated/live-action hybrid about a boy and his fire-breathing friend is first, which should come as welcome news to anyone who saw his 2013 Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” The first full trailer is now available.
It begins with Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley’s characters discovering Pete himself, a little boy who’s been living alone in the forest for six years — well, alone except for his dragon Elliott, who can turn invisible at will and looks considerably more easygoing than Drogon. Robert Redford, Karl Urban and Oakes Fegley all co-star.
In addition to “Saints,” which starred Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Lowery is also for editing Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” and Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine;” his next Disney collaboration will be a new “Peter Pan.” “Pete’s Dragon” hits theaters on August 12.