Commercials director and VFX guru Michael Gracey has been selected to direct “The Order of the Seven”, Disney’s China-set live-action revisionist take on “Snow White” says Heat Vision.
In this incarnation, the dwarves are replaced by a 19th century-set disparate band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way. Their meeting with an Englishwoman being chased by an ancient evil is the catalyst for their redemption.
Disney has been developing the project, previously titled “Snow and the Seven”, for nearly a decade. Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”) was attached to the project for several years but has now moved on.
Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3”) finished a new draft of the script earlier this year, re-writing work that the likes of Michael Chabon and Jayson Rothwell have had a go at. Andrew Gunn is producing.