Fairy tale fantasies are Hollywood's latest obsession and as we've been reporting, Snow White is getting the star treatment. The untitled Lily Collins vehicle hits theaters next March, with Snow White and the Huntsman (starring Kristen Stewart) following closely behind on June 1. Disney thinks there's still room for one more princess and the poison apple picture, however, and they've finally nabbed their director.
THR reports that commerical director/FX artist Michael Gracey will be lending his talents to Disney's live-action project, The Order of the Seven. He'll be making his directorial debut with Michael Arndt's (of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine fame) script. Previously, Water for Elephant's Francis Lawrence was attached to the project, which takes place during China in the 1800s – swapping the seven dwarfs for a "band of international warriors belonging to a centuries-old order who have lost their way. Their meeting with an Englishwoman being chased by an ancient evil is the catalyst for their redemption." Gracey will be creating more of an action film instead of relying on the fairy tale's basic framework. Production is expected to begin next year, with character design and unique choreographed fighting being a big emphasis.
Is Disney's retelling of Snow White headed in the right direction, or would you prefer a more traditional storyline?
[via The Hollywood Reporter]