After finding success with Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book, Disney is continuing to adapt their animated library for new projects as they put a live-action SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS into development. The Girl on the Train writer Erin Cressida Wilson has been tapped to write the adaptation with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul creating new music for the project.
Disney’s original Snow White was the studio’s first animated feature film and was released in 1937. It was based on the classic fairytale, made popular by the Brothers Grimm. It created such a sensation that received an honorary Oscar at the 11th Academy Awards.
Prior to Disney’s recent live-action remakes, Snow White was developed into several versions including Mirror, Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, and Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Ginnifer Goodwin currently plays the classic character on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which has pulled characters from fairytales and legends both within and outside of Disney’s library of films.
The announcement joins a handful of other live-action Disney projects in the works, including Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, due out March 17, 2017, and Jungle Book director Jon Favreau has reunited with the studio for The Lion King. There is also Aladdin in development with Guy Ritchie attached to direct and Mulan, which is currently on the hunt for its heroine.
In addition to writing The Girl on the Train adaptation, Wilson penned Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, & Children and was a producer on the HBO series Vinyl.
Pasek and Paul are an award-winning songwriting team whose Dear Evan Hansen is preparing to open on Broadway. They previously wrote the lyrics for La La Land, which has become an early awards favorite this Oscar season. Next up, they have the Fox musical The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman.
Emily J | Staff Writer