March 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
Hang tight to your memories of childhood fairytales, because most of them are about to get a make-over in the next couple of years. Thanks in no small part to the massive success of Tim Burton’s live-action 3-D fantasy “Alice in Wonderland”, nearly every fairytale, legend and folklore is being snatched up by studios to remake, re-invent and re-imagine for the big screen, sometimes more than once (yes, there really are three Snow Whites and two Peter Pans in active development). And each one has a new “twist” to make you believe you’re not paying $14 just to see a tale as old as time. From modern-day Beasts to self-sufficient Snow Whites and grown-up Hansels and Gretels, each new project promises to be “modern”, “edgy” and inevitably, “brand new”.
It all kicked off yesterday with the release of “Beastly”, a modern-day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. What better place to start?
Start Here: Beastly >>
March 1, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Because there just aren’t enough fairy tale film adaptations in development, Channing Tatum is the latest star set to bring a classic and iconic fairy tale character to life on the big screen, attaching himself to star in “Peter Pan Begins”, which will tell the origin of the boy who never grows up and lives in a child’s paradise called Neverland. No firm plot details are available, but surely, since some variation of “dark, modern and edgy” have been used to describe every upcoming fairy tale film from “Red Riding Hood” to “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”, the same adjectives will be thrown in here at some point as well.
THR reports that super fairy-tale-adaptation producer Joe Roth – the man behind “Alice in Wonderland”, and the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” – is pitching the package to studios, with screenwriter Billy Ray penning the script. Ray recently wrote the script for the highly anticipated adaptation of “The Hunger Games”. Tatum was last see in “The Eagle” and “The Dilemma”. He recently wrapped “Ten Year” and “The Vow” and will next film “21 Jump Street” opposite Jonah Hill.