Gary Ross will direct <strong><em>Peter and the Starcatchers</em></strong> for Disney
Director Gary Ross may have found his follow-up to the spring blockbuster The Hunger Games with Disney's Peter and the Starcatchers.

The story is set up as a prequel to the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan. The plot follows Peter, who meets a young girl named Molly on a Neverland ship. Molly tells Peter about a trunk of magical "starstuff" that must never be retrieved by "Black Stache," the name Captain Hook went by before losing his hand. Peter and Molly set off on an adventure to keep this mystical substance out of the nefarious pirate's hands.

The project was first set up at Disney way back in 2005, when Jay Wolpert was hired to adapt the best-selling book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. After years of languishing in development, we reported in May that Jesse Wigutow was hired to write the adapted screenplay.

The book was adapted into a Broadway play, which took home five Tony Awards earlier this year.