Yep, here we go again.
I didn’t just say that because I’ve written so many of these type of news articles that I risk sounding like a broken record (although that’s true). It’s because, once again, we are witness to Disney’s non-stop devotion to plumbing the depths of its animated IP to fuel its live-action movie slate. Did you think it would stop at The Lion King? Think again.
As reported by multiple news outlets, the studio is developing a live-action adaptation of its 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, simply titled Snow White.
Erin Cressida Wilson, who scripted The Girl on the Train for Universal Pictures, is currently in negotiations to write the screenplay. Much like the classic film, the live-action feature is being drafted as a musical, with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Lionsgate’s La La Land) attached to pen new songs. Marc Platt, who produced La La Land and is producing Mary Poppins Returns, will be producing this film as well.
Not much else is known about the film apart from the fact that it will supposedly ‘expand’ the story and music of the animated film.
As far as animated films that are considered sacred ground by many in the animation community, you can’t get more sacred than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was Disney’s first feature-length animated film, and its first critical and commercial success (a rarity in today’s competitive environment). In 1989, the film was deemed by the United States Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and was subsequently selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
The live-action film is a rare case for Disney in that it is one of two alternative takes on the Snow White tale being worked on by the studio. Disney is also developing Rose Red, a revisionist take on the story that recasts the titular character – a main character of a different Grimm fairy tale – as Snow’s estranged sister. That film originates from a screenplay by Justin Merz and Evan Daugherty and is being conceived as a companion piece to the story of Snow White rather than a remake.
Outside Disney’s canon of princess characters, the character Snow White has been portrayed numerous times on film and television. On TV, Ginnifer Goodwin currently portrays the character on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. In film, Avril Lavigne will voice the character in 3QU Media’s animated musical Charming.
As always, the film joins a growing list of remakes that, as I said at the top, are now the main driving force of Disney’s live-action unit. On this expansive list, only three have release dates, while the rest are in various stages of development. Two of them are sequels to previous films.
The list goes as follows: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins Returns, The Jungle Book 2, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio, Tink, Night on Bald Mountain, Maleficent 2, Prince Charming, Cruella, Genies, The Sword in the Stone, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Rose Red, The Lion King, and Snow White.
If I am missing any, please let me know in the comments!
What do you think? Honest question: how burned out are you by the constant barrage of news surrounding Disney’s live-action remakes?
Edited by: Hannah Wilkes and Morgan Stradling