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Toy Story 3 writer to front Snow White project

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The battle for fairy tale supremacy remains constant, despite Disney's best efforts to step ahead...

Michael Ardnt

Following on from his successful involvement with Toy Story 3, latest reports are suggesting that Michael Ardnt has been brought onboard Disney's latest Brothers Grimm remake, Snow White. Ardnt, one of the head writers for 2010's Toy Story threequel and thus a recent Oscar nominee, has apparently been asked to head the project - which has been in and out of production since 2002 - alongside director Francis Lawrence and producer Andrew Gunn, both of whom have been involved with it since the start. Furthermore, production designer John Myhre - whose previous work includes an Oscar-winning display in each of Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago - has been brought on board so as to begin creating the 21st century vision of the Snow White world, a world that is to be set in... China?

Snow and the Seven will apparently centre on a 19th Century Englishwoman, who returns to Hong Kong for her father's funeral only to find that her 'evil' stepmother is plotting against her. After discovering her stepmother's intentions, Miss White seeks refuge in China before finding companionship with seven rogue, international warriors who are currently travelling across the land.

Very little is known other than this basic plot synopsis, but rumours continue to arise regarding both the lead role and the featured talent within. Until recently, Natalie Portman was being touted as the actress chosen to play Snow White but, with the star recently announcing her forthcoming pregnancy, questions are being raised as to whether Portman will be physically able to deal with the demanding pressures of the role. While the concept is based around the original Brothers Grimm tale, the story has been adapted significantly and Portman's character would be expected to learn and implement a number of different fighting styles - a task not commonly expected during a pregnancy.

Nevertheless, one would assume that Disney will be keen to address this issue sooner rather than later, especially when considering that both Universal and Relativity studios are believed to be working on their own adaptation of the fairytale. Kirsten Stewart - of Twilight fame - is believed to be favourite for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsmen; whilst Relativity are believed to be favouring an unknown for their lead, instead turning their attention towards Julie Roberts who they hope will play the Evil Queen.

See also:

Toy Story 4 currently in production?

A Darker Generation: Toy Story 3 And Beyond

Toy Story 3 IMAX 3D review

Cars Trouble: Pixar's latest may be studio's first flop

Disney Pixar's Brave trailer hits the web


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