Have you been paying attention to all the fairy tale movies coming our way over the next couple of years?
Which ones are you dying to see?
La Belle et la Bête
This one came out in France earlier this year. I'm fervently hoping that when it comes out on DVD, there will be an option for English subtitles. Especially since I heard it played in the UK. *fingers crossed* I don't remember enough of my French to understand everything!
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite tales, so when I heard it was coming out in France, I was immediately intrigued. This version stars Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux.
You are living under a ROCK if you don't know by now that Disney is making Maleficent, a live-action movie revolving around the villain from Sleeping Beauty. It stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning (Yep, Dakota Fanning's little sister!), and is scheduled to drop May 30, 2014. (Everyone going to BEA moan and groan that we all have to wait. Ready, GO!)
I really like the creepy new version of "Once Upon a Dream" song where Lana Del Rey turned it upside down; making it all villainous and creepy is AWESOME.
Here's a BONUS VIDEO that's nothing but the song!
Did you even know this one was based on a fairy tale? It's okay if you didn't. Most people don't. It's a hidden fact atm. Can you guess what fairy tale this sci-fi fantasy starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum may be based on? I'll give you a hint. There's an evil queen. And a princess on the run. And a hunter after her...
Um, and this dress. THIS DRESS!!!! NomNomNom!!!!
This one comes out the week before my birthday on July 18, 2014. Guess I know what my birthday movie is this year!
Peter Pan: The Musical
The musical will debut on TV on December 4th, 2014.
Into the Woods
I am so eager for news on this movie. It comes out Christmas Day (December 25, 2014), and I WILL BE THERE. Into the Woods is one of my top three all-time favorite musicals (One of my other Top 3 titles, The Last 5 Years, will be a movie later this year, and the third, Sweeney Todd, is already a movie. I must have great taste!).
My thought is we're likely to get a trailer/poster/etc. later this month alongside the debut of Maleficent. *fingers crossed*
Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical will feature an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and more.
Beauty and the Beast Mini-Series
According to IMDB, there will be a Beauty and the Beast mini-series airing in Italy later this year (In...English, it seems?). It will star Blanca Suárez and Alessandro Preziosi.
NBC announced that this fall, there will be a Wizard of Oz-focused mini-series that's darker and grittier...and a little bit bloody. (IMDB Page)
It reminds me of Danielle Paige's recently-released novel DOROTHY MUST DIE...which CW has optioned for a TV series. IDK if they still can once this one comes out. We'll see what happens!
Casting announcements recently began going out for the 2015 release of Joe Wright's Pan.
Newcomer Levi Miller will play Peter Pan. Garrett Hedlund will have the coveted role of Captain Hook, Rooney Mara is set to be Tiger Lily, Amanda Seyfried will be Mary, and my favorite reveal of all? Hugh Jackman is tapped to play a pirate named Blackbeard! Popular roles such as Tinkerbell have yet to be announced. There's already a huge fervor around the casting of Mara, so it will be interesting to see if it sticks, since the studio has hemmed and hawed about how "official" her casting is!
"The film will be a new take on the classic story. It is set during WWII and follows an orphan who is kidnapped by pirates and brought to Neverland, where he discovers he’s destined to save the land from the pirate Blackbeard."
This is tentatively set to come out July 15, 2015.
A new version of Cinderella is on the way in 2015! Right now, it's scheduled for March 13, 2015. Y
Emma Watson was originally offered the title role, but declined in order to do Beauty and the Beast, so the coveted role went to Lily James. Helena Bonham Carter and Cate Blanchett are two of the most well-known actresses in the movie.
I'm jealous of everyone who got a sneak peek at Cinema Con this past March. I can't wait for tidbits to start making their way online!
Beauty and the Beast
Yup, another one! This one will be directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) and star Emma Watson. There's little news yet, but Watson was discussing the movie as recently as January. She turned down Cinderella (see above) to do this!
Guillermo Del Toro is on a fairy tale kick! In addition to Beauty and the Beast (See above), IMDB states that he's also working on bringing Pinocchio to the big screen!
He's working with the Jim Henson Company, but there's no casting news yet.
The Little Mermaid
Sofia Coppola recently negotiated a deal to develop The Little Mermaid for the big screen. The movie supposedly will move fast. I can't wait for this one. The Little Mermaid is another favorite of mine. I've heard this version may be more like the original, and therefore sadder, than the Disney version. And I'm okay with that!
Rumored Up-And-Coming Disney Movies
This website lists 15 up-and-coming Disney movies through 2018. Some of these are fairy tales, such as The Name Game (featuring Rumpelstiltskin), Giants (Based on Jack and the Beanstalk), The King of the Elves (Based on Philip K. Dick's 1953 tale and featuring elves and trolls) and Moana (An original tale that feels like a fairy tale and features the next Disney Princess, Moana Waialiki, who is Polynesian!)
Which retellings are you eager to see on the big screen?
Any that I missed and should really know about?
Any that I missed and should really know about?