Brenda Chapman (‘Brave,’ ‘The Prince of Egypt’) is set to make her live-action directorial debut with ‘Come Away,’ a fantasy drama that is being imagined as a prequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Peter Pan.’
The project is based on a script by Marissa Kate Goodhill and reimagines the literary characters of Alice and Peter as 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.”
“I had never really considered directing live-action – animation has always been my genre,” Chapman said in a statement. “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.'”
“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 producers Michelle Manning, Leesa Kahn and Andrea Keir.