Disney is developing a new, live-action movie musical of “Snow White,” which will expand upon the story and music from the animated classic.
The studio is in negotiations with Erin Cressida Wilson (“The Girl on the Train”) to write the script. Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (“La La Land”) are attached to pen new songs.
Prolific producer Marc Platt, who is working with Disney and Ice Cube on a live-action Oliver Twist movie, will produce. No director or actors are attached yet.
The original “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937 as the first Disney animated feature film. It was a critical and commercial success and was re-released theatrically many times, until its home video release. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Disney is also working on a spinoff of sorts to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” following Snow White’s sister. “Rose Red” will also be a live-action film, joining Disney’s slew of live-action reboots on the horizon.
Disney has been in talks with Guy Ritchie to direct its live-action “Aladdin” movie. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie’s two “Sherlock Holmes” movies for Warner Bros., is also producing “Aladdin” through his Lin Pictures company. Jonathan Eirich is exec producing.
Disney has seen strong performances with its live-action adaptations of animated classics, including “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book.” It’s releasing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, next year, and is developing live-action versions of “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Platt is also teaming with Disney and Ice Cube to develop an “Oliver Twist” reimagining.
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