A Study of Film Adaptations of James Barrie's Story Peter Pan (Hardback)Casie Hermansson (author)
Hardback 156 Pages / Published: 01/08/2016
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Contemporary adaptations of Peter Pan are increasingly uncanny and they explore the darker side of the story and its namesake character. But this tendency was already prefigured in J.M. Barrie's own adaptations. Barrie's works constitute a self-adaptation case study: the author recast Peter Pan in multiple different media over three decades. Perhaps the least known of Barrie's Peter Pan works is his film scenario for it, written in 1920. Paramount's silent film Peter Pan (1924) did not use Barrie's scenario, using another screenwriter instead. However, Barrie's extensive notes within the scenario provide a rare and valuable insight into the author's transmedial vision for the story. It shows how Barrie thought of film and what it could do for Peter Pan that other media could not. At the same time, it reveals the same paradoxes as all other of Barrie's adaptations: the impossibility of fixing the story in any one iteration or genre and the uncanny results of attempting it. Screen adaptations since the 1924 film, such as Disney's animated Peter Pan (1953), Hank (1991), Peter Pan (2003), Finding Neverland (2004), Neverland (TV, 2011), East of Kensington (2012), season 3 of Once Upon a Time (TV, 2013), and Pan (2015) illustrate the destabilizing role of the uncanny in Peter Pan adaptations.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press
Number of pages: 156
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