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Fairy tales go dark in Hollywood

hollywood Updated: Aug 03, 2011 16:16 IST
Akshay Kapoor
Akshay Kapoor
Hindustan Times
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Classic fairy tales, suffused with feel good factors, have been a favourite with children for long. But now, Hollywood is changing the game, post Catherine Hardwicke’s version of Red Riding Hood, with a number of movies under pre-production that re-imagine fairy tales in a dark and sinister tone, more fit for teenagers and adult audiences than kids. We list down six such movies for you.

Beauty and the Beast
With this film, director Guillermo del Toro will present a darker spin on the classic fable of The Beauty & the Beast. In del Toro's hands, the movie does look potentially a morbid and different take on the original fairy tale. Actor Emma Watson (above left) may headline the film as its lead protagonist. If this happens, it would be Watson’s first starring role in a fantasy film, post Harry Potter.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
This film can be called a semi-sequel to the original fairy tale. Re-imagined as a 3D supernatural action-thriller, it stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton (above left) in the lead roles, who as adults, have become famous for hunting down and killing witches. The film which is being directed by Tommy Wirkola, will have elements of action, horror, and suspense and will be quite violent.

Snow White and the Huntsman
This film, which is being directed by Rupert Sanders, restructures the original story in the vein of the Lord of the Rings, thus setting the stage for future installments. Kristen Stewart (left), has been signed to star as Snow White, while Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are going to essay the parts of the huntsman and the evil stepmother respectively. Expect the movie to be a darker and more action-packed
re-fashioning of the classic princess tale.

Maleficent
Walt Disney Pictures upcoming movie is the re-worked version of Sleeping Beauty. Titled Maleficent, it is the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of the witch, Maleficent, who causes the princess to fall into deep slumber until she’s awakened by her Prince Charming. Actor Angelina Jolie (left) is in talks to play the titular role of the witch in the movie.

Jack the Giant Killer
Director Bryan Singer has taken the classic classic kids’ story — Jack and the beanstalk and is adapting it into a darker version for the big screen. It will now tell the story of a broken truce between giants and humans, as Jack travels into the giants’ kingdom to rescue a kidnapped princess. Singer’s currently circling actor Aaron Johnson (above left) for the titular role.

Legends
This film is not based on any fairy tales, but is inspired from a graphic novel called Legends: The Enchanted. Developed by Brian Grazer, the film will re-invent popular fairy tale characters such as Goldilocks, Red Riding Hood, Jack the giant killer, and Hansel & Gretel as superheroes who will investigate the murder of Pinocchio, the latest victim in a series of fairy tale creature murders.