|Rachel Weisz as Snow White by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Dream Parks promotions|
We knew it was coming. It was inevitable. But now it's official: Disney's first animated film of 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is being remade into a live action fairy tale film. And it's a musical. And it will have additional songs...
|Behind the Snow White-Leibovitz shoot 1|
We admit, the Once Upon A Blog newsroom has widely differing opinions about this news. Our lead fairy tale newshound cites this tale as the one that started it all for her - a calling that only got stronger, after she saw the film in the theater, a few years into her self-propelled fairy tale studies as a girl - so feelings ran high at this announcement. We have to wonder how this adaptation will reflect on the first Disney feature film... (pun intended). It's tempting to speculate. (Ok, we'll stop. For now.)
There are other factors to take into account, however, not the least of which is, that the screenplay is likely to be handled by the woman who penned the current hit movie adaptation The Girl On The Train, Erin Cressida (currently in talks - yet to be official).
|An iconic Snow White scene, with Erin Cressida at bottom right|
Deadline first announced the news less than 24 hours ago, citing "a live-action musical feature film" and also announced that the songwriters from La La Land, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, will be writing the additional musical additions. (If there must be additions, we are glad these two are being given the task. La La Land was far better than expected on the musical front!)
There are no actors or a directors attached just yet.
|Behind the Snow White-Leibovitz shoot 2|
If we were being extremely optimistic, we could hope they would feel the need to create another seven mini-Oscars, but that feels a little like a fairytale* at this point.
|Behind the Snow White-Leibovitz shoot 3|
Note: You can see more behind-the-scenes of the Disney Dream Parks photo shoots with Annie Leibovitz HERE.
*Fairytale - one word.
Definition: unrealistic expectations.
As opposed to fairy tale -two words.
Definition: a Wonder story.