Third 'Snow White' Project 'Order of the Seven' is Still in Development
Between the two different takes on the classic fairytale, Tarsem Singh's tentatively titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White and Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, that might be too much Snow White to handle. However, since 2002, Disney has been developing their own Snow White film with an East-meets-West revisionist take on the story. Francis Lawrence was attached to helm the feature back in 2007 when the project was called Snow and the Seven, but now the film is going by the title The Order of the Seven with visual effects wizard and commercial director Michael Gracey directing. More below!
This version of the tale sounds infinitely more interesting than the other two adaptations as Heat Vision says the film sees the seven dwarves as a 19th century-set disparate band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way. But when they meet an Englishwoman being chased by an ancient evil is the catalyst, they see a chance to redeem themselves. The story is set in China but each of the warriors will be from different areas including the US and Russia, their own trademark fighting styles. Really this sounds like more of an original film with vague fairytale elements along the lines of Hanna.
As for the director, he used to be an animator at Animal Logic, the company behind Happy Feet. But he teamed up with another effects artist and ended up directing commercials like this one for T-Mobile and this Lipton Tea commercial with Hugh Jackman. Gracey is finalizing a deal and will begin storyboarding the movie while the characters and designed and fights choreographed in order to start production next year. Considering the film seems a far departure from the original Snow White tale, I don't think the studio has to worry about audiences being jaded after next year's double dose of Snow White, but we'll just have to see.