Relativity Media issued a press release earlier today revealing their acquisition of Melisa Wallack's script for "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," a Brett Ratner-produced 3-D take on the classic "Snow White" fairy tale — but as Ratner and his fellow producers Ryan Kavanaugh and Bernie Goldmann will tell you, "this is certainly not your mother's Snow White."
Described as putting "a new, edgy and modernized spin on the original classic fairy tale," it's a sure bet that this "Snow White" will take some significant leaps from the Walt Disney story that so many are used to. But exactly how it's going to be different is a tricky thing to puzzle out, as "a new, edgy and modernized spin" could refer to a whole slew of different styles.
Does one define "modern" and "edgy" as akin to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," for example? Although hanging onto the trippy fantasy visuals the "Alice" story is best known for, Burton's take on "Wonderland" was certainly contemporary in terms of style. Given its blockbuster success at the box office, "Alice" certainly wouldn't be a bad template for Relativity to follow in terms of raking in a profit.
Another possible definition puts "modern" and "edgy" more in line with "Return to Oz," the dark 1980s movie that brought Dorothy (with Fairuza Balk in place of Judy Garland) and viewers back to the magical realm of Oz, only to find a war-ravaged, desolate wasteland in its place. Other developing projects seem to be following that path, like the Amanda Seyfried-starring "The Girl with the Red Riding Hood," a darker adaptation of the classic fairy tale — which, admittedly, is already a very grim story.
While it's hard to define "modern" and "edgy" in relation to "Snow White," here's what we do know: Ratner told Deadline that the film dives back into the fairy tale's 500 year old history to reintroduce the seven dwarves as robbers. There's also going to be a dragon. Thieving dwarves and ferocious dragons sound scary enough, but Ratner also states that "there is more comedy" in this film than the Disney classic.
So, dark and edgy but with plenty of laughs. Sounds more along the lines of Burton's "Alice" than the bone-chilling tone of "Return to Oz" to me, but I could be wrong. The question is, what do you think? How would you define "a new, edgy and modernized spin" on the "Snow White" tale in the hands of Brett Ratner and his colleagues? Share your thoughts in the comments section and on Twitter — we'd love to get your take.