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Ben Hibon Takes Over ‘Pan’ Project Previously Attached To Guillermo Del Toro

Ben Hibon Takes Over 'Pan' Project Previously Attached To Guillermo Del Toro

Considering Guilermo Del Toro signs on to a new project every other day, it’s not a surprise that some might end up falling to the wayside. One such project is “Pan.”

First acquired by New Line way back in 2006 as a project for Del Toro, “Pan” is an intriguing re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s tale that spins “Captain Hook as a haunted former police detective in pursuit of a childlike kidnapper.” We’re guessing this one won’t be the for the kiddies.

Ben Hibon — who after this weekend is best known for the animated sequence in “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1” — has been tasked with the project now, and casting is underway for a shoot next fall in Europe. His background is in animation, having produced some shorts and worked on the video games “Heavenly Sword” and “Killer 7.” The film has a script from Benjamin Magid, a writer still making his way up the ranks but who has a number of projects in development including an adaptation of “Hack/Slash.”

We like the concept, but we’re wary of the talent. This could be a cool gothic little thriller, but a with director making his first feature film entry with a background in video games we’ll keep our optimism in check for now. To get a taste of Hibon’s work and aesthetic check out his short “Codehunters” below, which has made its way to over fifty film festivals around the world.

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