Brett Ratner will produce a live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale Snow White through his Relativity Media offices. This is not a joke, so stop laughing.

According to the first report from Deadline, this new version of that girl who lives in the woods with a bunch of short, socially awkward dudes will be an “edgy” and “comedic” look at the original Brothers Grimm story. They are working from a script by Melisa Wallack, who previously wrote the very underrated 2007 dark comedy Meet Bill, which starred Aaron Eckhart.

“This is not your grandfather’s Snow White,” Ratner said. “Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney’s film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we’re going to do.”

Here’s a thought: will this film exist in a contemporary setting or a classic one? Contemporary seems like a waste. If you ask me, seeing a live-action, classically set story of Snow White with dragons and whatnot might actually be cool. The key will be whether or not they can get a director with an eye for creature work. I hear Guillermo Del Toro isn’t doing much these days.


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