Bangarang! Swashbuckling Facts About Hook

Hook is a 1991 fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and more. The film follows a selfish and workaholic father named Peter Banning, who has forgotten about his youth as Peter Pan living in Neverland. However, after the infamous pirate Captain Hook kidnaps his children, Peter must return to Neverland to remember his past and save his children. Today, the film has a devoted following although it had mixed reviews upon release. See what the film was like behind the scenes and learn some lesser-known facts.

It Was Almost A Musical

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The previous most famous adaptations of the Peter Pan novel, the Broadway show and the Disney cartoon, were both musicals. Director Steven Spielberg considered this when making the film.

The legendary composer John Williams wrote several songs for the film until the idea was eventually discarded, although they were later incorporated into the musical score. Nevertheless, two songs with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse made it onto the film, titled “We Don’t Wanna Grow Up,” and “When You’re Alone.”