Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Another 'Little Red Riding Hood' Movie?

Here's the link to a new article: Dark 'Little Red Riding Hood' in the Pipeline.

With David Leslie Johnson aboard as screenwriter, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way is developing a Gothic re-imagining of the famous fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'.

While the feature film project has been developed internally at Appian Way, it isn't being positioned as a possible acting vehicle for the three-time Academy Award-nominated DiCaprio.

There's actually several articles today about this. Such as Call Tim Burton, We Need a Gothic 'Red Riding Hood' Over Here which references Perrault's version of the tale and Orphan Scribe is Writing a Gothic Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood at least quotes Wikipedia's description of the tale.

Of course, so many movies in development never make it onto film (and Appian Way appears to be notorious for this), but if this one does, it should be an interesting addition to the film genre. Dark retellings of fairy tales in film are nothing new, but mainstream ones are rare enough to be intriguing. The abundance tend to be student or indie films. Of course, Little Red Riding Hood is an obvious choice, too. The tale has become synonymous with gothic in some circles.

Oh, and the art work for the first article was perhaps the most amusing part of the entire thing. I'm not sure they could have found a more twee or cutesy Little Red Riding Hood image to imply that this will be a new and dark twist on a completely innocent tale. Smirk. As for me, I'd go with the classic Dore I used above instead. Although the one I'm borrowing from the last article and placing below is pretty good.

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