Disney says production is now underway in New Zealand on the live action/CGI hybrid Pete’s Dragon directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints). The cast includes Oakes Fegley as Pete, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford.
The new film is a “reimagining” of the 1977 animated movie about a dragon and his best friend, Pete.
“This is a story about how magic can enter one’s life and change the way they see the world. And I think David Lowery is the perfect director to bring this project to life,” said producer Jim Whitaker.
“New Zealand has long been a wonderful partner for film production. Wellington’s state-of-the-art facilities and filmmaker-friendly community, in particular, make it an ideal location to shoot and be based out of,” added executive producer Barrie Osborne.
Lowery and Toby Halbrooks wrote the screenplay. WETA Digital will be handling the task of bringing Elliott the dragon to life on the screen.
Pete’s Dragon will arrive in theaters in August 2016.
-By Rebecca Murray
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