PETE’S DRAGON Begins Production In New Zealand
Pete’s Dragon fans rejoice! Our beloved dragon, Elliot is coming back into our lives for a modern take on the 70s classic movie!
“Principal photography on “Pete’s Dragon” commenced today in New Zealand. A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, “Pete’s Dragon” will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Pete, and his best friend, Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.”
For those of us who have seen the movie knows that the original was a mix of live action and classic animation which for its time was pretty mind blowing for us. It’ll be pretty fantastic to see how the move will be made with modern technology.
The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a park ranger who discovers the existence of Elliott; 10-year-old Oakes Fegley as Pete; Wes Bentley as Jack, a local mill owner; New Zealand native Karl Urban as Jack’s brother, Gavin; Oona Laurence as Natalie, the young girl who befriends Pete; and Oscar® winner Robert Redford as Grace’s father.
The film will be directed by David Lowery and produced by Jim Whitaker, with Barrie Osbourne as executive producer. The best part about all of this is that WETA Digital which was founded by Peter Jackson (and the geniuses behind all the special effects in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises) will be responsible for bringing Elliot to life. How amazing does that sound? With just that alone we’re guaranteed a fantastic looking Elliot and I can’t wait!
Pete’s Dragon is scheduled to be released in the U.S. in August, 2016!