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Peter Rabbit Is Heading to the Big Screen With a Little Help From Daisy Ridley

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published in 1902, which means almost every person with access to books has read it ot had it read to them. Seems like a solid audience to aim at for a big, Hollywood family movie, which may have something to do with the reason why Sony Pictures has announced it’s making a live-action and animated hybrid film based the Beatrix Potter novels.

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James Corden will voice Peter, Rose Byrne is Beatrix while Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will also lend voices. The film is scheduled to start shooting early next year and be released in April 2018. Will Gluck (Easy A) is directing from a script by Rob Lieber (The Goldbergs).

Frankly, I’m kind of stunned Peter Rabbit hasn’t been made into a movie of this scale before. Even if you don’t remember the exact story, the names are instantly recognizable to generations. In a world where every major franchise is getting its own movie, Sony has found a strong one.

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[Variety]

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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It’s clear Sony is simply trying to make a grab for another shared universe with all the Peterverse characters to mine. Expect a Squirrel Nutkin and Benjamin Bunny film in 2019 with Jemima Puddle-Duck getting her own solo feature in 2020 right before they team up that summer to take on The Fox in Peter Rabbit: The Bramble Wars. Phase 2 will start with Fierce Peter Rabbit and introduce Timmy Tiptoes to fill in for Benjamin Bunny after his on-screen death in PB:BW.