More than 40 years after the original, animated movie of the same name, Walt Disney Pictures reimagines the movie Pete’s Dragon.
In this live action/CGI film, a young orphan seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon and a couple who live in a lighthouse.
The original Disney movie Pete’s Dragon arrived in theaters in 1977. Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons and Shelly Winters starred in supporting roles. That film was set in New England in the early 20th century, and Pete is a nine-year-old orphan escaping from his brutal adoptive parents, the Gogans, with his only friend, a cartoon dragon named Elliott. They successfully escape to Passamaquoddy, Maine, and live with Nora, a lighthouse keeper, and her father, Lampie.
Things get complicated when the dragon, Elliott, is sought for medicinal purposes by the corrupt Dr. Terminus.
During its original theatrical release in 1977 the film took in an astounding $36 million.
During its 1984 theatrical rerelease the film took in an additional $4 million.
Stay tuned to find out if the remake is a bomb or a box office smash when it arrives in theaters in August.