Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3” scribe Michael Arndt is in negotiations to work on the script for “Snow and the Seven” at Disney Pictures reports Reuters.
The story centres on a 19th century Englishwoman who returns to her Hong Kong home for her father’s funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She then escapes to mainland China, finding solace among a rogue band of seven international warriors.
Production designer John Myhre (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Chicago”) has also come onboard the project which Disney has been developing since 2002. At last report, Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Constantine”) is still on board to direct.
Natalie Portman’s involvement however is now in question as her pregnancy could hinder her ability to undertake what will be a very physically intense movie.
The film is one of three rival Snow White projects in the works, the others being Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” with Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen, and Relativity Media’s take which Tarsem Singh (“The Cell,” “Immortals”) is onboard to direct.