It’s been announced that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, will be directing a big screen adaptation of the story of Medusa. At this news, let us rejoice. From The Wrap,
“Antz” writer Todd Alcott and producer Holly Golden sold the studio on a comedy pitch about a beautiful, young girl who transforms into Medusa, a gorgon whose gaze turns people to stone.
This sounds like what I’d hoped Maleficent would be. Not that anyone expected that to be a comedy, but at least playful, or self-aware. And Faust is a fantastic f*cking choice for this kind of project. Though I’ve only seen a handful of My Little Pony episodes, I’d put it near the top of my list of favorite kids’ shows. She has created a whole stable (PUNS!) of great female characters with complex relationships between them. The show is capable of being funny as hell, with big end-of-episode Lessons with a capital L that still manage to avoid being patronizing or boring for adults watching.
Faust points out why this type of movie (along with shows like MLP) is important.
In recent years, with movies like Tangled and Frozen, and not to toot my own horn, the polarity of My Little Pony, people are more open to [female protagonists]. Just because something is about a girl, that doesn’t mean it’s not for them.
I want to give her deserved lack of modesty a million high fives.