The fairy tales wars are heating up. In addition to multiple Red Riding Hood films in the works, there's now a second Snow White picture on the table, which could go head-to-head against Brett Ratner's recently-announced project, as well as Disney's latest spin titled 'Snow and the Seven'. The insane box office generated by the 3-D 'Alice in Wonderland ' means that studios are looking to replicate that success and feed off certain public domain fairy tales, so alongside Disney's own 'Cinderella' and 'Sleeping Beauty' projects, other potential fairy tale movies are now making the rounds as well.
The Hollywood Reporter shares that a project called 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is hitting executive offices at the studios, looking for a home. Written by Evan Daugherty with Rupert Sanders, director of the upcoming 'The Low Dweller', it's reportedly hit up every studio except Disney, who already have their own Snow White movie in the pipe.
If you recall the original fairy tale, the Huntsman is the fellow who's ordered by the Queen to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. Instead, he takes pity on her and lets her live. This new re-imagining of the tale reportedly has him acting as a mentor, teaching Snow White how to survive -- which could be very interesting, especially if it involves bear traps and martial arts.
It reads like it will be a very gritty retake, considering the pedigree of the writer and the director. Daugherty's first script, titled "Shrapnel," has been picked up by John McTiernan to direct, and Sanders' background is in dark, atmospheric commercials (you can check out his work at his website)
So what do you think? Are you ready for the onslaught of fairy tale re-tellings? And how about an action-packed, kung fu Snow White?