Pete’s Dragon is a 2016 American family film directed by David Lowery, written by Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, and produced by James Whitaker. The film is a remake of the 1977 musical film of the same name written by Malcolm Marmorstein. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. The special effects for Elliot the Dragon were done by Weta Digital. The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on August 8, 2016 and was theatrically released by Walt Disney Pictures in the United States in 2D, Disney Digital 3-D and RealD 3D on August 12, 2016. The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed $122 million worldwide against a $65 million production budget.