Apparently, fairy tales are going to be the next vampires, in terms of themes for Hollywood to mine for ideas. We’ve already got Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as well as The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,”in development, and now we’re moving on to another version of Snow White which focuses on the huntsman who spares her life in the original tale.
Well, there’s some interesting potential casting for the film — Tom Hardy, who is rapidly approaching superstardom (deservedly so) is apparently close to signing on to play the Huntsman in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. In the conventional tale, the huntsman is sent to take Snow White into the woods and kill her (a clear violation of the rules of the Evil Overlord. Just kill the bitch, right there and then) by the wicked Queen, but can’t bring himself to do it and instead brings the queen the heart of a deer. In this new version, he’ll serve as a protector and mentor to her after his change of heart, teaching her survival fighting skills. Like a kung fu Bear Grylls, no doubt.
I’m not opposed to the idea, to be honest. I think it could be pretty fun, and I’m guessing if they’re seeking out talent like Hardy, it’s not going to be some PG snoozefest. Not to mention the fact that rumor has it that they’re also seeking out Angelina Jolie to play Ravenna, the Queen. Say what you will about Jolie, but she would kick that role’s ass.
The spec script was written by Evan Daugherty , who also wrote what is alleged to be an outstanding script for Grayskull — supposedly a grittier re-imagining of the goofy assed-cartoon. No director has been attached yet, but with the right one, it could be a pretty damn cool project.
(source: The Playlist)