Last week, Relativity Media put out a press release revealing that they’re working on a live-action adaptation of “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,” with a script from Melisa Wallack. The release also named Brett Ratner as one of the producers, which is fortunate because MTV’s Eric Ditzian ran into him backstage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night. It’s still very early of course, but Ratner is definitely excited about what’s planned.
“’Snow White’… I’m producing, I’m not directing,” he said. “But I’m excited about it. It’s an edgier kind of reinvention, but the script is excellent and I’m looking forward to it, I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
All Ratner could really confirm was the 3-D format. “We’re gonna shoot it for 3-D, it’s better like that,” he explained. “The conversion [process] is still kind of iffy.”
He then went on to comment on how daunting it is to adapt a project like this. “It’s a classic story. You know, Walt Disney made the best movie ever made, so it’s not easy,” he said. “But it’s a fantastic script– we go back to the original folklore. The original source material is much edgier.”
He’s right about that. Multiple versions of the story exist, depending on the part of the world you’re in and the translation you’re reading. Here’s an example though: at the end of the story, as punishment for her wicked ways, the evil queen is forced to wear fire-heated iron shoes and dance until she is dead. That’s a far cry from the tone set by Disney’s “Hi-ho, hi-ho” song.
I can’t wait.