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Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Gets Director and New Title; Scribe On Relativity’s ‘Snow White’ Writing ‘Emily the Strange’

Written by on August 4, 2011 

“What? Which one is this? Who’s directing this one? Who’s starring in the other?” These are the questions I ask myself whenever I see some kind of development on either of the Snow White movies that are currently in production. Between Tarsem and Kristen Stewart, it’s possible that next year will serve as the year when the public became tired of this character, except the latter star may have to bring her to the screen two more times. What’s worse is that there’s a third separate movie coming our way, this one from Disney.

Set to be written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt, Francis Lawrence was originally set to direct the film — which is set in China — but he’s now left. THR has learned that the director’s job has gone to special effects artist Michael Gracey, and that the title has been changed from Snow White and the Seven to The Order of the Seven. This will center more heavily on the dwarfs, while the elements relating to Snow White herself will not be as prevalent.

Taking place in the 19th century, they’re a “disparate band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way.” They meet an Englishwoman who is running from an evil force, and they see her arrival as a chance for redemption. An earlier plot description, meanwhile, said that she was returning to her Hong Kong home for her father’s funeral, where she discovers her stepmother’s plans. They happen to be from all over the world, including places like the United States and Russia; hopefully there’s room for Hollywood’s beloved stereotypes.

Shooting will begin on it next year, but does anybody actually care? I’m tired enough of the two movies that are shooting right now, and this third one doesn’t make me any more interested in seeing the character’s story told again. The focus on the seven dwarfs just makes it sound like a Seven Samurai retread, and even that is getting remade. Enough with this character and her story, please.

In other news: One of the people who is behind Tarsem‘s version of this story, screenwriter Melisa Wallack, has been hired to write the comic book adaptation Emily the Strange for Universal, as THR also says. Based on the Dark Horse comic by Rob Reger, it’s set to star Chloe Moretz as the lead, titular character.

The story will tell of her origin, “how she comes to gain her abilities that fuse technology and imagination,” and “her relationship with four cats: troublemaker Sabbath, schemer Nee-Chee, imaginative Miles and leader Mystery.” The film was first announced in 2008, but it was only set up at Universal (who are making the rival Snow White movie) last year. Wallack has a somewhat minimal history in Hollywood, with her only other writing and directing credit being the Aaron Eckhart film Meet Bill. The character is one I have no history with, but Moretz is enough of a talent to keep me a little interested in the project.

Do you really want another Snow White? Are you excited about Emily the Strange?

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