Of the many live-action Snow White projects that have been in the works, Disney’s was the most unique. It also was having a difficult time finding its identity. The movie began as Snow and the Seven, telling the story of an Englishwoman who runs off to mainland China in the 19th century and settles in with a band of international warriors after discovering her stepmother is evil. After that, Disney tried to minimize the Snow White elements by changing the name to Order of the Seven and planning to focus more on the warriors than the Englishwoman.
Now, for the time being, none of it really matters as Disney has decided to shut down development on the movie indefinitely. The company has had an up and down year, with John Carter losing them $200 million and The Avengers becoming one of the highest grossing movies of all time. But it’s the former that likely led to the decision to shut down the movie; it’s said that Disney is being very cautious with anything that could have a large budget.
Sure, Universal and Relativity may have their own Snow White pictures in production, but The House Of Mouse is looking to take the lead with their own long-awaited return to the story.
Originally conceived as some sort of kung-fu-infused take on Snow White known as Snow And The Seven, Variety is reporting that the film is not only now titled The Order Of Seven, but also actress Saoirse Ronan will be taking the lead.
As you’re all aware by now, there’s a hell of a lot of Snow White–based movies on the way. Universal Pictures has a very Lord of the Rings–lookingSnow White and the Huntsman on the way with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and a brilliant cast of dwarfs, while Relativity Media has an more traditional version of their own with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts on the way.
Walt Disney, who made the classic animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937, also had their own new live–action take on the way, titled Snow and the Seven. Their version, however, was going to mix things up and take place in the 19th century where an Englishwoman, after returning home for her father’s funeral, runs off to mainland China after discovering her stepmother is up to evil deeds and settles in with a group of seven international warriors.
We’ve been hearing a little about Snow White and the Huntsman, the upcoming Universal Pictures live-action adaptation of the classic tale currently looking at Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Kristen Stewart for roles. And much like the many Wizard of Oz projects on the way, there are also multiple Snow White movies on the way as well.
Relativity Media has their own take on the story set to be directed by Tarsem Singh, and now Disney, who of course made the 1937 animated classic, has found a writer to craft their own new version. It’s being reported that Michael Ardnt has entered into negotiations with the studio to pen what they’re calling Snow and the Seven…which is quite different than Disney’s animated film.