While the current slate of blockbuster movies seem to be all superheroes and sci-fi, Warner Bros. is looking to reboot one of the bastions of swords-and-sorcery stories. The studio is looking to develop a feature film franchise based on the long-running fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. “But wait,” you say, “didn’t someone already try that with the horrendous 2000 movie by the same name?” Why yes they did! Thirteen years is apparently enough of a cooling-off period to warrant another try. It looks like the picture is already fairly far along the road to development thanks to a reworking of an existing script. Hit the jump for more.
After writing the horror thriller Orphan for Appian Way, screenwriter David Johnson and that production company had been looking for another project they could do together. Then, he was approached by them with the idea of adapting the story of Red Riding Hood, which he turned into a mystery thriller and coming of age romance, with the fairy tale woven throughout. After finishing that project, he collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Dan Mazeau to develop the story and write the script for Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the Greek mythology epic Clash of the Titans.
While at the press day for Red Riding Hood, helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried in the title role, David Leslie Johnson did this exclusive interview with Collider and talked about developing the well-known fairy tale into a full-length feature film, writing a mystery that creates doubt and paranoia for the audience, collaborating very intensely with Catherine Hardwicke on the script, and getting the chance to see what the sets looked like once the world was brought to life. He also talked about the unusual process of breaking the story for Wrath of the Titans, since they were under such a time crunch with it, using action to illuminate the characters, and getting to work with a blank slate, since there was no sequel to the myth of Perseus. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Catherine Hardwicke’s (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”) latest project has now been announced . She will now be directing an adaptation of “The Girl With the Red Riding Hood.” The film will be written by David Johnson (“Orphan”) and will be a gothic retelling of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story, with a teenage love triangle at its center. This is only the latest film to be added to Hardwicke’s growing list of projects. To find out more about what else Hardwicke has coming up, which includes a big screen adaptation of a hit Richard Greico 80s TV series, hit the jump.