Portman and Jeunet expressing interest in Ratner’s “edgy SNOW WHITE”?
It seems that with the gradual fall of the superhero flick (face it, fanboys, it's coming), fairy tale remakes have begun to take their place. Starting with Tim Burton's wildly popular ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the trend is continuing with a project that has, until now, done a pretty fair job of staying under the radar. But with the names it's drawing lately, it was doomed to hit the blogoshphere eventually.Originally only credited with a writer and producer, the project is now drawing interest for its leading lady and a possible director. The plot thickens!
In June, we heard our first whispers of an "edgy Snow White remake" via writer Melisa Wallack (MEET BILL). Soon-thereafter, we heard that Brett Ratner and Relativity jumped on to produce. And now we hear that the project has begun to draw interest from some sizable names in the entertainment biz - Natalie Portman and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, reportedly. In what's being described in "not your grandfather's SNOW WHITE" the pair could prove to be an interesting team.
When asked about the differences between the popular Disney version and the Wallack version, Ratner had this to say:
"Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Disney's film His dwarfs were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy."
I'll be honest, this sounds like a loser to me. I've never really understood the appeal of "edgy fairy tale remakes" but even so, it's not really hooking me. I love Natalie Portman, and what little bit I've seen of Jeunet I've quite enjoyed, but I don't really care for Ratner and the concept sounds weak. While I'm obviously aware that I'm making this judgement on the little information available, the two don't sound different enough for me to care.
As now, the project is still mostly rumor status, but if it does end up happening, I hope to be proven wrong.