‘Snow and the Seven’ Gets Writer Michael Arndt

Disney takes the classic fairy tale to 19th Century China with a woman who flees her stepmother and joins up with seven warriors.
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Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt will write Snow and the Seven for DisneyToy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt is currently in talks to write Disney's updated version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is titled Snow and the Seven.

Disney has been developing the project since 2002, which takes a much different approach to the original story. The movie is set in 19th Century China and centers on an English woman who travels to Hong Kong for her father's funeral. When she discovers the nefarious plans of her stepmother, the woman escapes into mainland China where she is taken in by seven renowned warriors.

Francis Lawrence has long been attached to direct the project, with Natalie Portman circling the project for some time as well. It isn't clear if she will still star in this new adventure, since she recently became pregnant and might not be able to train for the movie, which features several different disciplines of martial arts.

No production schedule has been released for Snow and the Seven. Both Universal and Relativity Media are prepping their Snow White projects as well. Unviversal's Snow White and the Huntsman recently added actor Viggo Mortensen to star as the Huntsman. Relativity Media's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White will be directed by Tarsem Singh, although no cast members have committed to the project yet.

The Order of the Seven was released in 2013.

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