Oscar Winner Michael Arndt Writing 'Snow & the Seven' for Disney
Screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine and just got a nomination for Toy Story 3, is very highly regard in the industry, not only for his talent, but his passion towards projects. Fresh off that Oscar nom, Heat Vision reports that Disney is re-hiring Arndt to polish the script for their upcoming Snow White movie Snow and the Seven. The story centers on a 19th century Englishwoman who returns to her Hong Kong home for her father's funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She escapes to mainland China, finding some solace among a rogue band of seven international warriors.
In addition to getting Arndt to polish the script, which has gone through various writers including Michael Chabon, Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, and Jayson Rothwell since 2002, Disney has already named a production designer. John Myhre, an Oscar winner for his work on Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago who's working on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has been brought on board to begin creating the worlds of the fairy tale, which is set in 19th century China. To make things better, Natalie Portman has been circling the project (originally described as "edgy"), but of course her path is about to change not only with an Oscar, but also a baby, on the way. So it's an "edgy" fantasy-land China-set Snow White story? This could be cool.
A few other studios have their own Snow White projects in the works, including Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman and Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Disney has been developing this for years and is hoping that maybe Arndt, who seems to be getting Oscar noms every time he writes, can turn this into the project that they've been waiting to greenlight. As long as Tim Burton doesn't direct, I'm looking forward to this, but I am very curious to see who they do get to helm. Anyone think this might turn out great?