After a string of successful live-action fairy tale adaptations such as Maleficent and last year's Cinderella, Disney is exploring yet another iconic character, with a revisionist twist. The Hollywood Reporter reveals the studio has picked up a project entitled Rose Red, which follows the story of Snow White's sister. While fairy tale fans may recognize the Rose Red name, the project will present an entirely new story.
Rose Red is a character who did appear in the original Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, but she was featured in a different adventure separate from the story which the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was inspired by. This new project started as an original script by Justin Merz (The Boxcar Children), which was envisioned as a stand alone movie. Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) came up with a different take described as a "companion piece" that sticks closer to the original animated movie.
This new take 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. This causes Rose Red to set 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 doesn't have a director attached at this time.
Tripp Vinson is set to produce, making this the third fairy tale project he's set up over the past eight months. He is also attached to produce Disney's Prince Charming and Genies, the latter of which is as prequel to the animated classic Aladdin. Tara Ferney is set to executive produce, with Justin Merz and Adam Rodin serving as co-producers.
Justin Merz wrote the 2014 animated movie The Boxcar Children. Evan Daugherty has written the 2012 blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman and its upcoming sequel The Huntsman: Winter's War, in theaters April 22. His other writing credits include Killing Season, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and upcoming movies such as The Foundation and the Tomb Raider reboot.