With Tim Burton’s new take on “Alice in Wonderland” proving such a hit this year, fairy tale films are coming back in style and now “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner is setting up a new adaptation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” over at Relativity Media reports Deadline.
This new take, entitled simply “Snow White”, is being penned by Melisa Wallack (“Meet Bill”) and sounds like it will be closer in tone to the original Grimm Brothers stories than Disney’s toddler-friendly 1938 animated adaptation.
Ratner says “Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney’s film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we’re going to do.”
Aside from Disney, at least half a dozen adaptations of “Snow White” have been made over the years. Ratner’s idea sounds like it’ll be halfway between the Disney film and the Michael Cohn-directed 1997 feature “Snow White: A Tale of Terror”, a gothic horror interpretation which scored Sigourney Weaver both an Emmy and a SAG nomination for her performance.