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i think some of the posters poignantly described it best....overload. i love that story myself but it's all a bit too much at once,no?

personally,i feel like they should have got sigourney weaver to reprise her role as evil queen as she did so brilliantly in a tale of terror. i've never seen julia roberts even do evil in anything so i just can't imagine her playing the evil queen at all. another great candidate would have been winona ryder who i think portrayed rage so beautifully in black swan.

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The thing is, so many scripts go into development, and so many just end up being shelved. I'm amazed that the ones that are actually in production, should they even stay that way, it takes one person to drop out and the whole thing goes to hell, have all got as far as they have. There was a point a few years ago when there were a number of Alexander the Great scripts in development and as we know, only the Oliver Stone one made it.

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^ Thanks for the info on the script

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I think next year is going to be the year of the fairy tale film, because not only are there three Snow White films in development, but there's also going to be a live action Little Mermaid (which Joe Wright is working on), a live action Sleeping Beauty (which Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star in), a live action 3D Hansel & Gretel (with Michael Bay producing), a Jack and the Beanstalk inspired film (starring Nicholas Hoult), a new Peter Pan (starring Channing Tatum), Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful (directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis), and another Sleeping Beauty film called Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie and directed by David O'Russell).

Maybe I should have just named this thread the Fairy Tale Film Thread. I don't get this new trend.

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The blessing being that some of those will no doubt fall by the way side, preferably anything with Michael Bay's name attached! The Little Mermaid won't be happening any time soon either, Joe's going to have to get Anna Karenina out the way first and they don't start with that until September.

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I have no problem with the fairytale overload, it's a nice way to counteract all the maledominated superhero films that populate our screens.

This influx is thanks to the success of Alice in Wonderland right?

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^Probably, but I dont think that the huntsman is going to be very kid friendly. It's supposed to be pretty dark which is why K-Stew is in it...

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I'm loving the fairly tale adaptation trend that's happening. I'm a huge fairy tale buff and I love the retellings for adults that tap into the underlying darkness in the stories as well. Provided they're done well (always a big "if"!) I think there's plenty of room for more than one adaptation of a particular story.

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-I don't see Kristen Stewart as a Snow White type. Maybe she'll surprise me but as of now I can think of several actresses who I think are more appropriate.

-I also think the visual world that the film creates is very important to it being sucessful. While I wasn't a fan of the recent Red Riding Hood, I did like the "look":

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-I'd love for something to take inspirtation from a classic fairy tale and go really dark a la Hard Candy , or The Company of Wolves!

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^I would like that as well. A lot of fairy tales are quite dark in origin, it's Disney that's made them all light and happy.

I'm really interested in the Snow White that Tarsem is directing, because his previous films include The Cell and The Fall, both of which were visually stunning and also quite dark.

So it will be interesting to see if he keeps in some dark undertones or if it will be all comedy.

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I think next year is going to be the year of the fairy tale film, because not only are there three Snow White films in development, but there's also going to be a live action Little Mermaid (which Joe Wright is working on), a live action Sleeping Beauty (which Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star in), a live action 3D Hansel & Gretel (with Michael Bay producing), a Jack and the Beanstalk inspired film (starring Nicholas Hoult), a new Peter Pan (starring Channing Tatum), Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful (directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis), and another Sleeping Beauty film called Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie and directed by David O'Russell).

Maybe I should have just named this thread the Fairy Tale Film Thread. I don't get this new trend.
My goodness... that's a lot of fairytales! Some of them sound like they have potential but it also makes me question Hollywood. Do they not know how to create something completely and utterly original? Something which hasn't been done before. I do love fairytales but I'd prefer if they wowed me with something that hasn't been done. Like create their own fairytale like film but one that isn't already existing in some form. Sorry if this sounds like a bit of a rant but... creativity is a bit lacking these days.

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My goodness... that's a lot of fairytales! Some of them sound like they have potential but it also makes me question Hollywood. Do they not know how to create something completely and utterly original? Something which hasn't been done before. I do love fairytales but I'd prefer if they wowed me with something that hasn't been done. Like create their own fairytale like film but one that isn't already existing in some form. Sorry if this sounds like a bit of a rant but... creativity is a bit lacking these days.
There have been some original fairy tale like films lately. I think that Hanna and Sucker Punch both had strong fairy tale elements without being strongly based on any one story. Visually they both use different techniques to convey an other worldly atmosphere.

But you can argue that there are no "new stories" just new ways of telling old stories. Is Black Swan unoriginal because it retells Swan Lake (a Hans Christian Anderson story)? It does it in a way that other versions haven't. Hard Candy retells Red Riding Hood but twists the story setting it on it's ear. Who's to say that finding something new to say about a classic story is any less creative than writing a completely new story?

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^Good point. I hadn't thought of that exactly. I think what bothers me really is that when they are retelling these old stories they aren't doing in an innovative way. So it just ends up being the same retelling of the story just with slightly different changes. Black Swan I'll agree is a good example of taking a fairytale and making it original but the recent Red Riding Hood isn't very original.

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Snow White & the Huntsman has a read the first draught of the script but I can't bear Kristen Stewart, like literally can't stand to watch her in anything.
Stewart is a huge turn off for me too. Along the fact that I really don't know how Stewart/Theron are going to mix, those 2 are like days and nights, I really doubt her ability of showing any "positive" emotion.

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My goodness... that's a lot of fairytales! Some of them sound like they have potential but it also makes me question Hollywood. Do they not know how to create something completely and utterly original? Something which hasn't been done before. I do love fairytales but I'd prefer if they wowed me with something that hasn't been done. Like create their own fairytale like film but one that isn't already existing in some form. Sorry if this sounds like a bit of a rant but... creativity is a bit lacking these days.
I completely agree. One of my favorite films is Pan's Labyrinth, which was a dark fairy tale that Guillermo Del Toro wrote.

I also agree with lostgirl, I don't mind it when films are inspired by fairy tales (most of them are), but it's nice to see a new, refreshing take on it instead of the same thing over and over again.


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Hollywood rarely takes risks with anyone or anything these days. You can sort of understand it, I mean it's hundreds of millions of dollars, but it's hugely frustrating. I think the only time recently they've done anything like that was with the first Pirates film. Theatre is much better for risk takers.

They're now saying Snow White and the Huntsman will be a trilogy which just fills me with dread too. Everything has to be a franchise these days, it's so boring

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