I just caught word that Disney is attempting to make a live-action version of their beloved classic Snow White but this time, it’s going to be set in 19th century China. The plot goes like this: A 19th century Englishwoman who returns to her Hong Kong home for her father’s funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She escapes to mainland China, finding solace among a rogue band of seven international warriors.
On board with this really bizarre/really cool idea is Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt, who is writing the script and Francis Lawrence (I am Legend, Constantine) attached to direct. Apparently, Natalie Portman is rumored to play the starring role but due to her pregnancy, this may be difficult as the role of Snow White apparently is capable of several different fighting styles.
Is this like Snow White meets Seven Samurai but where it’s like a hapless white girl who learns the mystic ancient Chinese ways of kung-fu and defeats the evil stepmother? Why are the warriors “international” as opposed to just being Asian if it’s set in 19th century China? Is Hollywood running out of ideas again, for the 56th time? Where did my brain go?
And more importantly: What are your thoughts in all of this?