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Film and Media Studies | Radio | Television
Leaving Neverland is an adaptation of Peter Pan meant to take the classic story in an entirely new direction. The story is set in modern day and takes place ten years after the end of the original Peter Pan. Wendy is twenty years old and, when she returns to Neverland, Peter falls in love with her. He gives up his immortality for a chance at a love.
The story deals with the ensuing relational change between Peter and Wendy, between Peter and the Lost Boys, between Peter and Hook, and even between Peter and the Neverland universe.
As Peter grows up, so too do the themes of the movie. Leaving Neverland is meant for more adult audiences than previous iterations of Peter Pan. The movie deals with death and an intensified relationship between Peter and Wendy, and also tugs the characters away from their original black and white, good guy-bad guy roles, throwing them all into a much grayer area.
At the same time, Leaving Neverland does not lose sight of the fun and excitement of battles between Peter Pan and pirates, sword fights and adventures. And it also presents the love story between Peter and Wendy that could never have been told when the two of them were just children.
Krieger, Jonathan, "Leaving Neverland" (2007). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 592.
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