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4th-Aug-2011 12:13 am

It's bad enough that we will be getting two Snow White movies next year - one from Universal Studios and one from Relativity Media - but it could have been so much worse. At the same time that those two films were in development, Disney began working on a live-action Snow White of their own. Fortunately the Mouse House fell a bit behind, ensuring that there wouldn't be three versions of the fairy tale playing next year, but I have some bad news: they're still going forward with it.

THR has learned that Disney has hired Michael Gracey to helm their version of Snow White called The Order of the Seven. The movie will be the filmmakers feature debut, as most of his previous work has been in visual effects and commercials. The project was initially going to be helmed by Francis Lawrence, who had been attached since 2007, but the trade says that he has moved on. Prior to Gracey's hiring the most recent update on the project came in February when it was announced that Oscar winner Michael Arndt had been hired to rewrite the film's script.

While the Brothers Grimm Snow White story is the basis for the project, the plot description bares very little resemblance. In the film the dwarves are replaced by a group of seven international warriors living in mainland China. Though the group has lost their way, they see an opportunity for redemption when an Englishwoman "being chased by an ancient evil" takes shelter with them. According to the story, the movie is more of an original action film than it is a fairy tale adaptation. Production will begin in 2012.

So it looks like we'll be getting three Snow White movies in the span of three years. Hooray.


I'm worried that "international" (might be code for POC). Therefore potentially we might get a group of POC dwarves protecting a distressed (probably) white English woman. Though I'm sure they might include one white guy in the warrior/dwarf group to stave off unfortunate implications....(and then he can fall in love with the white heroine lol). To top it all off, an "ancient evil" when added to the backdrop of China (= automatic exoticism) smells of potential fail. But we'll see. I'm interested in seeing how this unfolds.

But really, do we need ANOTHER snow white movie? WHY?
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13th-Aug-2011 12:05 am (UTC)
What I suspect Disney may be thinking is that white audiences won't be able to relate to a live-action wuxia epic without a white proxy character there to hold their hand (see also Forbidden Kingdom and The Last Samurai.)
4th-Aug-2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Ughhh. Just thinking how that could turn out makes me grimace.

I hope it won't be as bad as it sounds like it could be (but why did the woman have to be white and surrounded by intl. 'dwarves'...?).
4th-Aug-2011 04:57 am (UTC)
This kind of reminds me of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires:

[Hey, that trailer had boobies in it.]

One of the more interesting Hammer Dracula film, and the last in that series. Only downside is that it had Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and [what?] no Christopher Lee as Dracula. If this "Snow White" movie was produced like 7 Golden Vampires (alongside Shaw Brothers Studio) with no Western ideologies about how the Far East is/was then that would be kind of cool.
4th-Aug-2011 07:29 am (UTC)
4th-Aug-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Why do we need three? Why? Hollywood, please compare notes, okay?

That does sound kind of icky though.
4th-Aug-2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I remember reading about this a few months ago and really side-eyeing the description. As others have already pointed out if they're re-thinking the story why does Snow White have to be an Englishwoman? Unless it will be an English WOC, which I somehow doubt.

I'm hoping that maybe it will turn out better than what it sounds like from the description - but it's still Disney. While Disney has attempted to diversify their casting as far as teen shows/movies there is still so much they get wrong a lot of the time.
4th-Aug-2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
If they do go for an English WOC, I hope they pick Freema Agyeman.
4th-Aug-2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
4th-Aug-2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Funnily enough, there is a Chinese fairytale that lines up pretty much exactly like Cinderella, except for it's a magic fish (and then later, the fish's bones) that do the magic to help the girl escape her abusive step-mother and sister and marry a prince. Cinderella is one of those stories that seems to have a counterpart in a large number of cultures, but I think versions of Snow White is only really found in European cultures. So it's odd that Disney would choose China as a backdrop for this. I guess retelling the story in a European context isn't "fresh" enough?

I don't know, this is screaming The Brothers Grimm at me more than anything else, and nobody needs another one of those. Fairytale adaptations in live action only seem to work when there's a credible sense of realism to it, or if it's meta-type story, like Princess Bride.
7th-Aug-2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
My biggest issue with live action fantasy is they try to be all angstfull and serious with a dingy pallet. That's another thing that was disappointing about the last airbender, even with all the pretty white kids it was so ugly looking. Compare that to Tarsem's The Fall which had gorgeous colorful visuals without CGI and despite being dark (most of it is a man telling a story to a little girl so she'll unknowingly assist him in suicide) it wasn't painfully serious.
13th-Aug-2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Was I the only one who found it absolutely hysterical when the young Eastern European heroine pictured the "Indian, grieving for his squaw" as turbaned, bewhiskered, and scimitar-wielding?

(Bonus points for the story-within-the-story's use of the most justified Mary Sue ever.)
2nd-Sep-2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
SAME-SAME-SAME. I was totally confused at first, but then I died laughing. well played, Tarsem.
5th-Aug-2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Seems like Disney trying to appeal to their new market. (Hence Disney Shanghai, and films set in China with "international" appeal.)
6th-Aug-2011 09:12 am (UTC)
Or their taking advantage of the massive assistance they can get from the Chinese Government for shooting there. If I recall correctly one of the big reasons why the 'Karate Kid' remake was so inexpensive was because of the tax credits they got. Pretty much so long as you aren't saying anything negative about the government there in your movie you can shoot.

As to the core of the film itself, I read 'international' as possibly being a group of warriors from all over the world and it just happens to be set in China and I honestly don't have an issue with it just because it's an Englishwoman in the lead. I would have to see what the actual context of the film is before writing it off as 'lone white woman being loomed over by foreign men.'

That being said, they might as well not bother with it being a 'Snow White' movie. It's just going to come off sounding weird.
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