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And So It Begins

Ann Peacock to Rewrite Cinderella for Universal Studios


Despite Disney’s great big heavy steps away from the genre for fear of losing the little boy market, Hollywood remains convinced that the fairy tale market, even fairy tales with pretty princess protagonists, is still a ripe one. What with two competing Snow White adaptations, March’s Red Riding Hood, Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and even some Peter Pan films going around.

And now Universal is giving it’s Cinderella script another pass through a new writer, in order to see if they can get the shoe to fit.

Ann Peacock, who’s getting a stab at it, is the writer behind the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (that is, the movie), and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (again, the movie) so she’s definitely no stranger to adaptation or writing multiple female characters into a movie.

I could argue for a while (with myself, even!) about whether I consider there to be strong female characters in the Narnia books, but I digress. Are we at all interested in another princess movie? Or another subverted princess movie?

(via Coventry Telegraph.)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGRK4BKTKC5RGO56RXTUEVFJSM ainok

    Noooooo.

    The sad fact is, though, that this stuff does sell. There are women who’ll pay for this stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    I dunno…. If it’s the selling an image to little girls thing, you should know, I grew up on princess movies and still turned out a raving tomboy.  I think that if the princesses are portrayed more like Disney’s adaptation of Rapunzel, it could be a good thing =)  

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I love princesses and princess films. An original Disney interest as a child led to some interesting college research on the origins of fairy tales. Subvert them any way you like, it’s a guarantee my curiosity will be piqued.

    And, like an above commenter, I’m kind of a tomboy. When we played Peter Pan as children, I was always Peter, never Wendy. Today I’m kind of a butchy lesbian. YMMV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000500177841 Rachel Banzhaf

    I like re-examined fairy tales. Mercedes Lackey’s done a few great ones recently and I’ve dug up other author’s retellings in the young adult section. Some are crap but some are very interesting. These movies will no doubt range from awesome to emotional candy and I’m okay with both. Everybody needs candy now and then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208921 Nikki Lincoln

    There are ways to do this right. I think Ever After did a good job of converting… Cinderella. Ok… well maybe my point is that you can convert a fairy tale, but yea, there are about 300 versions of it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickie.mousseau Mickie Mousseau

    The one I’d like to see made it Misty Lackey’s “Phoenix & Ashes”

  • Kim Tink

    I love re-imagined fairy tales. There are some really nice gems to be found in those.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    Frankly, I’m kind of done with subverted fairy tales. Why not just, say, make a new one?

  • http://twitter.com/HeadacheSlayer The Crafty Angel

    I’m curious why they used a photo from an ad campaign–that’s Scarlett Johanssen. I forget what the ads were for–Disney probably–but they featured a bunch of actresses as Disney characters.

    As for another Cinderella–loved Ever After. But there are *so* many incredible fairy tales out there that deserve to be made for the first time, instead of redoing a classic. I love reimagined fairy tales–I have several large volumes of originals as well. I guess they think they need to get a whole new generation hooked on Disney Princesses : /