Disney Spends Lots of Money for a Live-Action Cinderella Pitch

May 17, 2010
Source: Deadline


Disney, the new king of Hollywood, is looking for more big projects to follow Enchanted, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Sorcerer's Apprentice, so how about a live-action Cinderella? Deadline reports that Disney has paid upwards of a million for a pitch for Cinderella (the not-so-original title for this), a live-action re-imagining of that classic fairy tale that we're all very familiar with (at least I hope everyone is). The script is being written by Aline Brosh McKenna, of Laws of Attraction, The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, and the upcoming Morning Glory. Beyond that, there's not much more we know about this yet.

Despite all of this news, Deadline doesn't seem to know if it will be in 3D or not (come on, it's 99% certain it will be in 3D) and whether "there'll be deviations from the original Cinderella story," but again I'm guessing there probably will. I'd love to see them turn this into another Enchanted kind of modern twist on the story, but who knows if that's what Brosh McKenna is going for (her stories are usually very female-focused, which seems a bit problematic to me). Besides Prada, I haven't really liked any of her other scripts (especially 27 Dresses), but I hope she can craft a good story for Disney. We'll let you know once we hear anything else!

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1) it kinda seems that disney is just wasting money now because they hav so much to waste...they're making another lovable cartoon fairy tale into a live-action movie...disney please leave them the way they were and move on to something fresh...yes disney will probably find a way to pull off any cartoon turned live-action but we keep seeing remakes of the same stories 2) how can someone pitch this and disney buy it? i mean shouldn't they already OWN the title Cinderella and really, lets think about it. what's going to change their is still going to be an evil step-mother and evil step-sisters and falling in love with prince charming and fairy godmother...nothings going to change 3) Disney has to be considered a little greedy now...they have Marvel under their control and with the Avengers in progress they are sure to make millions maybe even billions off of anything Avengers and Marvel over the next 5-7 years or so with all the sequels and what not and they kno little girls are always going to want to see their disney princes, now in live-action...they've become like the team to beat in sports but for movies now 4) if they are going to make a live-action Disney princess movie why not Aladdin? im sure plenty of little girls would want to see that and they might even (more like WILL) attract guys with the right casting of Jasmine!

cooper on May 17, 2010


I love how Disney doesn't make original movies. Oh I don't.

Al on May 17, 2010


The apocalypse is coming, Cinderella is for pantomimes. There's a million other fables they could rip off, they are sort of eating themselves alive. I haven't liked Disney for years, the fact they have cheesy 1950's style housing complex's wher you can live a happy 'gated Disney life' scares the shit out of me. I don't want to watch a film made by folk like that.

Crapola on May 17, 2010


Cooper: I agree with you, and to get the bitter Disney taste out of your mouth I think you should watch Grave of the Fireflies. It's from Studio Ghibli, which I think has a lot of similarities to classic Disney. However Ghibli still makes animation their audience can respect.

Prestron on May 17, 2010


I'm sick of all the cinderella thing getting run into the ground with the 15 "modern twists" on one of the reasons we first fell in love with disney and making another cinderella story will just add to the HUGE stack of cinderella stories that have been made and it will probobally go like this "girl meets guy, girl has evil stepsisters and stepmother, prom is coming up (or some other type of dance) she wants to go stepmother wanys her to work, goes to prom anyways, meets guy, her slipper (or whatever form of thing she forgets at the dance) is forgotten at the dance, guy finds her, they live happily ever after." seen it a million times don't want to see it anymore

max s. on May 17, 2010


very very bad idea :(, y cant they just be creative and just create something else

DaftPUNKFAN on May 17, 2010


To Cooper no Disney does not own Cinderella . They didnt invent her or her original story . They just bought the rightes to make a movie based of her character like they have done with all there Princess's . Anyone can actually make a Cinderella movie if they wanted to just gotta pay is all.

Superchyle on May 17, 2010


Wasn't there already a modern take on this called "Ever After" with Drew Barrymore some years back? Same old story, the only thing that will make this even interesting is the production value.

The One on May 18, 2010


Is that Scarlette Johansson as Cindy??? Psyched!!!

monleo on May 18, 2010


Disney have a reputation for making multiple versions of well known stories so this news is actually expected. Case in point: A Christmas Carol Disney released 2 versions, 1 featuring The Muppets, the other using the Robert Zemeckis MoCap techniques.

Jeeze on May 18, 2010


@11 dont forget micky mouse. But sounds cool

Daniel Felts on May 18, 2010


Looks like I am all by myself here but I think a live version of Cinderella is great. Sounds like a lot of people are tired of the whole princess thing going on but if they don't want to take their kids to see it then maybe they get someone else to take them. I know I will be taking my Grandkids to see it.

Sharon on May 19, 2010


At least Disney won't be able to "Back to the Futurize" Cinderella, as it did with those direct to dvd sequels.

Jeeze on May 19, 2010


They should make a remake of Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin too!!

Marie on Sep 13, 2010


I thought that Disney's aquisition of Marvel Studios meant that Disney was trying to appeal to boys. In other words This retelling of Cinderella is basically the opposite of Disney's plans of attracting boys via The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Jez on Jan 22, 2011


Excited who would play Lady Tremaine in this live-action remake.

Kachingmia on Apr 10, 2011

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