Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Article About Fairy Tales at the Movies

A few excerpts from Live-action fairy tales are ripe for plucking by adult filmgoers by Susan Wloszczyna at USA TODAY:

Want to see a bedtime story, not just hear one?
The kind of yarn with a big, bad wolf, a jealous queen or a wicked witch?

Hollywood certainly hopes so. Apparently, grim times at the box office call for Grimm-inspired adventures. With movie attendance in a slump, studios are attempting to lure filmgoers back into the dark of the multiplex forest with, of all things, a fairy-tale revival.

In the pipeline are no fewer than three Snow Whites, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton (premise: the grown-up tormented siblings are out for revenge) and Jack the Giant Killer, a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Bryan Singer of X-Men fame.

Other variations on popular fables include a Tim Burton-directed Maleficent, a Wicked-style takeoff on Sleeping Beauty that focuses on the evil queen and is a role that Angelina Jolie has been circling; Oz: The Great and Powerful, a story about the origins of Dorothy's wizard with Sam Raimi behind the camera; and Tink, with Elizabeth Banks as Peter Pan's pixie pal.

"The good news is that these movies can be done without rights," says Roth, who is also behind Oz: The Great and Powerful. "The bad news is they can be done without rights. Anyone can do them." Besides his Universal release, Relativity's Snow White project directed by Tarsem and Disney's kung-fu Snow and the Seven are in various stages of development.

But as countless screen adaptations have proven since the dawn of cinema, fairy tales are nothing if not infinitely malleable. The former Disney chairman says this Snow White will be a swashbuckler, more in the style of Pirates of the Caribbean. The plot: The evil queen sends a huntsman out to bring her the heart of Snow White. Instead, he ends up joining forces with the princess against her stepmother. Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender of Inglourious Basterds have been in talks to star.

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