Female-led adventure tales are becoming increasingly common on the big screen, with women finally getting some of the spotlight in superhero and action movies. This year will see the first female-fronted superhero film in over a decade when Wonder Woman hits screens this summer, and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) will soon be followed by Captain Marvel and a female-led Gotham City Sirens movie. Meanwhile Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues to lead the latest chapter of the Star Wars universe, and does it with style.
Another major trend in movies and television at the moment is the re-boot of classic fairy tales. Once Upon A Time, Grimm, Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent, and many more series and projects take the stories that everyone knows and loves, and gives them a modern twist (or simply a gorgeous live-action re-telling). Now, it looks like an upcoming project is going to combine these two trends: Princesses. Last month, it was revealed that a spec script was doing the rounds in Hollywood, teaming up several fairy-tale princesses for an action-adventure story described as similar to The Avengers. Now it looks like that project may be about to land with a studio and get rolling on production.
Amy Pascal is the producer eyeing up the project for Sony, according to a report by The Tracking Board. Pascal has previously produced Ghostbusters, and is currently producing Spider-Man: Homecoming, among many other projects. According to TB, Pascal is "nearing" a deal to acquire the script, and would be producing it at Sony under her Pascal Pictures banner.
It's clear that Pascal is particularly interested in working on projects with strong female heroines. As well as Ghostbusters, the producer has multiple female-fronted movies in the works, including Barbie, The Girl In The Spider's Web, Black Cat and Silver Sable, and Molly's Game. If this deal goes through, Pascal will be producing alongside Lawrence Grey, with the script written by Joachim Rønning.
It would be fantastic to see a big studio take on the Princesses project, and it's interesting to see that the film might not land at Disney, as many people believed that it would. Pascal is certainly a great choice for a female-fronted film, and Rønning could bring the same kind of huge adventure style to the flick that he is currently bringing to the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. Finding a studio would also allow the project to move forward, which is fantastic news for everyone excited about the idea of an Avengers-style princess movie.
Of course, this is not yet a done deal, and while it's close enough to completion to be reported on, it is still possible that it will fall through. However, with the buzz around the Princesses script, if Sony does not decide to pick it up, there's little doubt that another studio will nab it before long.
Princesses does not yet have a release date.
Source: Tracking Board