All of This Has Happened Before, and It Will All Happen Again.
“I have always felt like Peter Pan. I still feel like Peter Pan. It has been very hard for me to grow up, I’m a victim of the Peter Pan syndrome.” — Steven Spielberg, 1985.
Spielberg’s connection to J.M. Barrie’s 1911 play Peter Pan and the mythos that now surrounds it goes much deeper than most people might know. Starting in his childhood when his mother used to read him Peter and Wendy as a bedtime story, or when he later directed a school production of it, Spielberg has always loved the tale of the boy who can’t grow up.
His dream to create a new Peter Pan movie came to fruition with Hook, which turns 25 this December. Though not a major success for TriStar, Hook has become a fan favorite with a dedicated cult following.
Do you love the movie Hook? Then keep reading to learn some fantastic facts you probably didn’t know before!
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Director Steven Spielberg felt especially connected to the movie because of the dysfunctional father-son relationships it explores, both between Peter and his children and between Hook and Jack. Spielberg reports that he had a troubled relationship with his own dad, and that when works gets busy, he struggles to give his own children enough time.
Other Spielberg movies that explore problematic father-son relationships are E.T. and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Peter Pan in the Mirror
Spielberg began developing the concept for a Peter Pan movie in the early ’80s, but he originally envisioned it as a musical starring none other than Michael Jackson. The singer was interested in the role, but didn’t like the concept of a grown-up Peter who had forgotten about his past.
Many of the songs intended for the musical version, written by John Williams and Leslie Bricusse, still made it into the final film in one way or another, though only “When You’re Alone” is performed in full.