Brett Ratner & Relativity Are Producing an 'Edgy' Snow White
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2010
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?
CHRIS TUCKER FOR SNOW WHITE
movie mike on Jun 3, 2010
You lost me at Brett Ratner. The Great & Powerful Oz has spoken.
The Great & Powerful Oz on Jun 3, 2010
I hope they don't mean edgy by she's a juggalo and she's wearing trip pants and facepaint.
Sofa-king-we-tawd-ed on Jun 3, 2010
Dwarves which are robbers, give them machine guns and there could be some visual humour. But seriously this doesn't interest me.
Andy on Jun 3, 2010
Wait, Disney didn't invent Snow White? Noooooo, you mean they ripped off a folk tale? Noooo, they are always so original too. This sounds like a terrible B-movie porno.
Crapola on Jun 4, 2010
I have to say this. STOP WITH THE FUCKING RE-IMAGINED FAIRY TALES ALREADY!!!! DO THEY HAVE ANY IDEA HOW OLD THAT'S GOTTEN?!
BobTanaka on Jun 4, 2010
Ugh, anything involving Ratner is less pleasant than cancer.
SlashBeast on Jun 4, 2010
Could be really good.. or not. Too soon to tell.
Lincoln on Jun 4, 2010
I love how they think they are making these old stories "edgy" like its something "new" that noone's thought of before. Old folk tales and old fairy tales are all dark to begin with. Groundbreaking.
lahirry on Jun 5, 2010
As has been said already - this ISN'T a reimagining, if anything it's more faithful to its source material. Walt Disney's version was a reimagining of the original European dark fairy tale. You make me feel so old...
steveo on Sep 29, 2010
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