Deadline is reporting that Brave director Brenda Chapman is set to make her live-action directing debut with Come Away, which is said to be envisioned as a prequel to the classic tales Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
The premise reads: “Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.”
Producers Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir said on the news: “Brenda is a true visionary and her previous experience in perfectly creating imaginary worlds with such precise detail is exactly what is needed to bring to life Marissa’s enchanting script, which explores the universal theme of the importance of family,” said Manning, Kahn and Keir.
Chapman added: “I had never really considered directing live-action – animation has always been my genre… But when I read Marissa’s fantastical script, I felt that little tingly feeling run up my spine. I thought, ‘Wow! I’ve changed my mind. I want to do this!’ Michelle, Leesa and Andrea impressed me immediately with their unique approach to filmmaking, and I’m thrilled to be joining a team of dynamic and creative women.”