As those of us in San Diego saw on Saturday, Pan, the upcoming Peter Pan/Captain Hook origin story that tells of how the boy who flies came to Neverland, is an interesting and surprising thing. Public domain properties are ripe for turning into franchises, ill-thought-out or otherwise (go ask Disney’s Alice In Wonderland), and at first glance this seemed to be one of the former. But then the footage of Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard was shown — hammy, overwrought, theatrical and campy, it did more to sell me on this film than a thousand sizzle reels. It also made the sizzle stuff a lot more fun. Maybe you’ll agree, and here’s your chance to see a bit more of the movie.
From Warner Bros., Pan is directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. In addition to Jackman, it stars Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried. It hits theaters October 9, 2015.