Disney developing a live action adaptation of Snow White.
Disney has been busy lately adapting their classic animated film library into live action films. They’ve found success with properties like Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Maleficent, and Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast is a surefire blockbuster next March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mouse House now has greenlit a live action adaptation of Snow White. Here’s the official details from that report:
“Erin Cressida Wilson, who penned the adaptation of The Girl on the Train, is in negotiations to write the script for the film, which will expand upon the story and music from the beloved animated classic.
The movie will include new songs, with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who most recently wrote the lyrics for La La Land, attached to pen the new music.
Marc Platt, who also is working with Disney on Mary Poppins Returns, is attached to produce.”
Back in March there was talk that Disney was developing a movie focusing on Snow White’s sister that would be called Rose Red. It made sense that Disney would be looking at alternative ways of telling the Snow White tale since there were two recent adaptations of the character with Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror (neither produced by Disney). However, it appears as though they had a change of heart and decided to go with a more straight forward re-telling of the classic (similar to how an Aladdin movie is in the works following the initial intent of developing a Genie prequel).
I like seeing that Disney is embracing musicals following their first couple of live action films that ignored the songs from the originals. Jungle Book dabbled a little with the classic soundtrack and Beauty and the Beast will be the first full blown live action musical in their recent run of adaptations. While many of the other movies on their schedule should perform very well due to name recognition and nostalgia (Mulan with a November 2018 release date, Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Prince Charming, Winnie the Pooh, Sword in the Stone, Pinocchio, Night on Bald Mountain, Cruella (101 Dalmatians) and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms), Snow White is more of a wild card since other variations have been released on the big screen more recently. I’m curious to see if Disney’s version can bring in the same box office dollars as their other recent releases.
Are you interested in seeing a live action adaptation of Disney’s Snow White. There’s no release date announced as of yet, but I will keep you posted as soon as I hear any new information about this project.