Brett Ratner & Relativity Are Producing an 'Edgy' Snow White
What in the hell is this? Nikki Finke's Deadline is reporting that Hollywood is going fairy tale crazy after Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland passed $1 billion, snapping up spec scripts and fairy tale re-imaginings left and right. Another spec that got picked up is Melisa Wallack's (of only Meet Bill) "edgy re-imagining" of the original Snow White (not the Disney version - it was based on a German folk tale). Apparently it was such a hot property (thanks to Alice) that she'll make over $1 million for her script when/if the project ever gets made. "The original [Snow White], made for its time, was soft compared to what we're going to do."
Relativity Media, run by Ryan Kavanaugh, is producing along with Brett Ratner, who seems to have become more of a producer than a director nowadays (which is fine by me). This version still has the young woman poisoned by the witch's apple, but there are differences: "This is not your grandfather's Snow White," Ratner says. "Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy."
Well, I'm not really sure what to make of this. It all depends on who they get to direct. If I have to reference Alice in Wonderland again, I think that was more of fluke success because it was a unique Tim Burton visual creation (and because it had Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway), not that it was an edgier, different take on a familiar fairy tale. I don't know if I can trust Relativity yet, especially with Ratner, but I'm sure we'll hear more about this project sooner than later. Is anyone interested in even seeing something like this?