Mirror, mirror on the wall. Which fairy tale character next deserves a spin in Hollywood’s reboot machine, after all?
We ask because audiences are about to buckle in for Snow White and the Huntsman, the second retelling of the classic tale this year (after March’s Mirror Mirror) and one of a few fairy tale remakes to reach the release schedule. As you know, Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as our maiden, though director Rupert Sanders has re-imagined her as more of a warrior princess, and now a house-cleaning, dwarf-babysitting damsel in distress.
And Snow isn’t alone in the “facelift” department.
You probably remember Disney’s animated Tangled, which breathed fresh life into the stale Rapunzel tale. The studio’s also hard at work on a live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, this time seen through the eyes of the evil queen Maleficent (played by Angelina Jolie). Pixar’s Brave will introduce audiences to a new princess – the Scottish warrior Merida – when that animated effort reaches theaters on June 22. And in 2013, Hansel and Gretel will actually become Witch Hunters. I kid you not.
That’s just feature films. Television studios are taking chances on storybook legends in shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm. A planned Beauty and the Beast show will reach our airwaves soon. Move over superheroes. Fairy tale characters are the new “It” item.
Who should be next? There are countless fairy tale protagonists who could use a good reboot, from Princess Jasmine or Ariel (of The Little Mermaid) to someone as off-the-radar as Wonder Woman.
If you had a choice, whom would you like to see headlining a new movie, and which direction would you like to see a studio go? Modern adaptation? Comedy? Horror-thriller? The storybook sky is the limit, so let your imagination run wild, and share your pitches below.