‘Snow White’: Disney Enlists ‘Girl on the Train’ Writer for a New Live-Action Film

     October 31, 2016

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Hopefully you’re not sick of Snow White because after Snow White and The Huntsman, Mirror, Mirror, the Snow White-less The Huntsman, and even the version on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, a new live-action adaptation of the fairy tale is in the works.

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According to THR, this one hails from Disney, a studio committed to combing through its entire catalogue of animated movies and offering them live-action counterparts. It seems this new Snow White will be more akin to what is going on with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, in that it’ll be a musical.

Erin Cressida Wilson, who wrote the screenplay for The Girl on the Train, is in talks to write the Snow White script, while Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (behind the film festival darling La La Land) are aboard to write new songs. However, the film will expand upon the story and music from the 1937 original, which was Disney’s very first animated feature film.

Given this one is coming from the Mouse House, we can pretty much rule out some of the more intense elements of the Brothers Grimm tale, like the killer bodice.

This is the latest film to make the jump from animation to live action over at Disney. Others include The Little Mermaid with music from Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Lion King from director Jon Favreau, the recently announced Mulan, Maleficent, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and Aladdin with Guy Ritchie.

That’s not even including what’s going on at other studios: Sony hired Game of Thrones director Alex Graves to helm their version of Mulan, and Universal was in talks last year with Rebecca Thomas to helm their version of The Little Mermaid. The better question is, Which fairy tales aren’t getting this treatment?

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