Amanda Seyfried Might Be the Girl with the Red Riding Hood
Last August we learned that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke had picked up a gig directing for a gothic, modern day twist on a Brothers Grimm classic with The Girl with the Red Riding Hood, a story focusing on a damsel in distress with a terrifying werewolf in pursuit. Warner Bros. is hoping to feed off of the script's "requisite dark/dangerous/romantic elements" in order to appeal pander to Twilight fans. No official casting is in place, but 24 Frames says Amanda Seyfried (Dear John, Jennifer's Body) is on a very short list of young actresses to lead this exploitation of teens' love of the montonous Twilight Saga.
All this talk of Twilight imitation is very disappointing though because 24 Frames also notes that the script has new life thanks to Orphan co-writer David Johnson who has gotten praise from "power players around town, who describe it as elevated genre material a la this weekend's Shutter Island." While I personally won't be seeing Shutter Island until this weekend, I'm pretty baffled by the script's comparison to a Martin Scorsese thriller if it's supposed to be marketed to Twilight fans? That's like taking a Coen Brothers-esque comedy and trying to sell it to people who loved Epic Movie. Something just doesn't make sense about that.
Of course, Twilight aside, it's good to see another female director making big strides in this male dominated industry, and hopefully Hardwicke can make a name for herself outside of just vampire melodrama with a project like this. In the meantime, we'll be waiting to hear any official word on casting hopefully soon, and we will keep you posted as this project moves towards production. Would Seyfried be your top choice?