For their next live-action remake, Disney is digging way down deep into their vaults, all the way to their very first animated feature. That’s right, a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie is now in development. Erin Cressida Wilson (The Girl on the Train) is in talks to write the script and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) are attached to write new music.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the live-action Snow White remake. The new version of the story will be a musical featuring original songs. Wilson’s script will “expand upon the story and music” from the original film. Marc Platt (Mary Poppins Returns) is attached to produce.
Disney’s animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a massive hit upon its release in 1937. It was nominated for Best Score at that year’s Academy Awards and won an honorary Oscar for Walt Disney. Adjusted for inflation, it is the tenth-highest grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office. Snow White is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, but it’s fair to say that for many people who grew up with the movie, the Disney version is the definitive one.
You may recall that a few years ago, Disney was working on a revisionist Snow White adaptation called The Order of the Seven that would have starred Saoirse Ronan. That project has since fallen apart, though, and the just-announced live-action remake seems to be an entirely different beast. Disney also recently got the ball rolling on a Rose Red, envisioned as a spinoff about Snow White’s sequel, but it’s unclear if the Snow White remake will tie into that.
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