With Pan opening this weekend in theaters, I recently sat down with screenwriter Jason Fuchs for an exclusive interview. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about what it is about the story of Peter Pan that has fascinated generations, the genesis of the project, the changes from script to screen and how inclusive director Joe Wright was throughout the process, his continuing work with Warner Bros. (he’s most likely writing the Wonder Woman movie), and he gives his thoughts on the current state of the DC Comics Cinematic Universe. Fuchs also discusses acting in writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash follow-up La La Land, his next script for Scott Speer’s adaptation Break My Heart 1000 Times starring Hailee Steinfeld, and a lot more.
If you’re not familiar with Pan, which is a re-imagining of the classic J.M. Barrie story, the film takes an origin approach to Peter Pan, as we follow newcomer Levi Miller and other young wartime orphans being kidnapped by the men of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), thus beginning a series of adventures in Neverland that shape the boy into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan. The film also stars Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Cara Delevigne, Adeel Akhtar, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na,Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis Macdougall, and Leni Zieglmeier. Pan opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D onOctober 9th.
Here’s my interview with Jason Fuchs:
Jason Fuchs Time Index:
- 0:15 – Talks about how surreal it is to see his vision come to life.
- 0:50 – Comments on the intended demographic for Pan and compares it to J.M. Barrie’s book.
- 2:05 – Talks about the story of “Peter Pan” and why it’s so timeless.
- 3:10 – Reveals how he got involved with the film, his childhood fascination with Peter Pan, and how he finally landed a successful pitch.
- 6:30 – Talks about the changes from script to screen and how inclusive director Joe Wright was throughout the process.
- 8:50 – Hints at his continuing work with Warner Bros. and gives his thoughts on the current state of the DC Comics Cinematic Universe
- 10:30 – Comments on the film’s score.
- 12:00 – Reacts to his fist time seeing the final film at the premiere.
- 13:00 – Talks about his role in La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
- 14:25 – Responds to the success of Whiplash and working with writer/director Damien Chazelle.
- 15:30 – Briefly talks about his next script for Scott Speer’s Break My Heart 1000 Times starring Hailee Steinfeld. The adaptation starts shooting in Winnipeg this February.