Disney’s been on a bit of a streak with their animated-to-live-action films. Maleficent made bank at the box office, Cinderella killed it, and The Jungle Book pretty much elevated it to a whole new level. With next year’s Beauty and the Beast on the horizon, it seems like the House of Mouse can do no wrong (and don’t even get started on their Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Animation projects, which are all also KILLING it).
Well, it looks like they’ve decided to add another film to their docket. Despite the fact that it’s only been about four years since the release of the ill-fated Mirror Mirror — an adaptation of the Snow White tale — Disney is now developing yet another version of this classic story. That’s right, they’re making another one.
According to THR, Disney has hired The Girl on the Train screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson to pen the script for this retelling. Also noteworthy is the fact that this movie will feature brand new original songs from songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently wrote lyrics for the TIFF favorite film La La Land. There’s no word yet on whether or not we can expect any of the classics from the 1937 classic. Beauty and the Beast is notable in that it’ll be utilizing some of the classic songs from the original film, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to all of them, so we’ll have to wait and see on that front.
Admittedly, this is news that comes as a bit of a shock. As mentioned above, Disney already had a recent take on the story with the recent Mirror Mirror movie, which also came out around the same time as Snow White and the Huntsman. Given that Disney is already riding high on all these remakes of animated classics, it seems incredibly redundant to revisit this one -- especially since they have so many other stories they can pull from. It’s even more surprising that it’d get a script from the person who wrote The Girl on the Train, which was roundly disappointing for many fans and critics.
Does this spell another remake that audiences don’t want to see? It’s very possible. As someone who’s usually in favor of these retellings, even I think this movie is one that doesn’t need to happen. But what do you think? Would you be on board for another live-action Snow White? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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