After over a decade and millions of dollars spent in development, Disney Pictures has put its “Order of the Seven” project on hold indefinitely says Heat Vision.
‘Order’ began as an Asian-set revisionist take on “Snow White” albeit with martial arts. It then evolved into the story of a young woman in 19th century Hong Kong who escapes her wicked stepmother and takes refuge with seven men belonging to an ancient order dedicated to fighting demons and dragons.
Though not officially greenlit, Saoirse Ronan was attached to star and Michael Gracey to direct with filming to potentially begin as early as later this year in the UK. Just last week “Iron Man” scribes Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby came onboard to polish the script and casting was underway to find the band of warriors.
But everything on the project has been halted as every big-budget project Disney has in development comes under scrutiny in the wake of its write down of “John Carter” and the departure of studio head Rich Ross (with no replacement as yet named).
‘Seven’ in particular has several reasons to make the studio pause including its considerable cost, its first-time director, and the rival “Snow White” projects that hit this year (and in the case of “Mirror Mirror” underwhelmed).
The question now is if the project will quietly disappear into the night or if those involved will stick with it and retool it to the point that Disney is happy enough to green light it such as what happened last year with “The Lone Ranger”.