There’s quite the motley collection of Sleeping Beauty projects in the pipeline. That includes Disney’s Wicked-style reinterpretation of the story, Maleficent, and a retelling of the fairy tale which dives into the consciousness of the princess as she lingers in eternal slumber (True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld is loosely attached).
Powerhouse producer Neal H. Moritz (Fast and the Furious series, Total Recall) has jump-started development on another unusual variation of Sleeping Beauty. The twist this time is that the Prince character is actually just a regular guy in the real world, who inadvertently awakens Beauty – and isn’t all that pleased with the consequences.
Heat Vision reports that, in Moritz’ Sleeping Beauty, the story involves said male protagonist “accidently awakening Sleeping Beauty and finding that he can’t get rid of the lovestruck heroine.” The project is being developed “internally” by Moritz, along with Amanda Lewis (Fast Five) and Assassin’s Creed video game series alum Corey May and M. Dooma Wendschuh. Meanwhile, the Sleeping Beauty script is being penned by Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller. That duo’s collective resume includes the direct-to-video spinoff American Pie Presents Beta House.
Make what you will of that particular combination of creative personnel.
Maleficent is not only meant to replicate the success of Wicked – as a sympathetic portrayal of an iconic evil sorceress – but also the Mouse House’s live-action Alice in Wonderland, and next year’s Oz the Great and Powerful (if all goes according to plan). All three films utilize the same formula: a March release date, reinvention of famous fantasy literature, and input from multiple Oscar-winning visual artist Robert Stromberg (who’s directing Maleficent).
Moritz’ Sleeping Beauty reads more like a fairy tale satire, similar to Disney’s Enchanted. The former could be more adult-oriented in its subversion of the Grimm story, given the background of the writers involved. That might not, per se, sound like a winning approach, but it worked out surprisingly well for Moritz’ 21 Jump Street (we’ll see who signs on to direct, though).
Screen Rant will keep you updated on Sleeping Beauty as the story develops.