Thursday, August 15, 2013
Fairy Tale Fridays - Upcoming Movies
Disney is currently at work on four new movies including live-action adaptations of "Into The Woods," "Cinderella," and a Sleeping Beauty spin-off, "Maleficent," as well as introducing a new animated princess.
Rob Marshall's production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods" is well on its way to being fully cast and is already in rehearsals. Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blount and Meryl Streep are signed on to star. Fans of the movie adaptation "Les Miserables" will be happy to see that Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroche) is slated to play Jack (of the beanstalk fame).
"Frozen" will introduce Disney's latest princess, Anna, the Ice Princess. It's scheduled to be release November 2013 and is the epic journey of Anna as she searches for her sister who has unintentionally trapped a kingdom in ice. The story is Nordic inspired but I'm unable to find a basis for the tale in traditional fairy tales.
“Maleficent” is the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well."
Clearly, the powers that be have decided the American public is no where near finished with fairy tales and my hope is that they've finally figured out the right way to bring the stories to the big screen.