Disney Plans Snow White Live-Action Movie with La La Land Song Writers
Disney is continuing their growing tradition of turning some of their animated classics into live-action movies, by putting a new Snow White project into development. Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson is in talks to write the screenplay for, which is said to expand both the story and the music from the original Disney cartoon. No director is attached as of yet, but the project already has songwriters lined up for the new music.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been attached to write the new music. They most recently wrote the songs for director Damien Chazelle's upcoming musical La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. No details have been given as to how this production will update this story from the original animated fairy tale.
The original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released by Disney in 1937, based on the Grimm brothers fairy tale and still considered to be one of the greatest animated movies of all time. There have been a number of different adaptations of Snow White throughout the years, including two live-action adaptations that debuted in 2012, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror. Snow White and the Huntsman spawned the sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War, which hit theaters this spring and did not feature Kristen Stewart's Snow White character.
We also reported in March that Disney is developing another live-action project entitled Rose Red, which follow Snow White's sister. This story reveals that Rose Red is Snow White's estranged sister, with the story set after Snow takes a bite from the poisonous apple and falls into her "Sleeping Death" towards the end of the original story. Rose Red then sets off on a journey with the seven dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life. The project was originally written by Justin Merz, with Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) writing a new take on the script that is said to be more of a "companion piece" to the original movie.
Disney has found much success lately with its live-action fairy tale adaptations such as Maleficent, Cinderella and this year's The Jungle Book. The studio's next live-action fairy tale project is Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, which is set to open March 17. The studio is also developing a slew of other high-profile projects like Tim Burton's Dumbo, a new live-action version of Mulan. The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is also directing a live action version of The Lion King, with Guy Ritchie attached to direct a live-action Aladdin. Hopefully we'll find out more about this new Snow White soon.