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Snow White's Sister Movie Rose Red Being Developed by Disney

Did you know there are actually two different Grimm's Fairytales characters named Snow White? It's true: Two characters bearing the names Schneeweißchen and Schneewittchen - both of which translate roughly to "Snow White" in English - each appear as leading players in two separate, completely unrelated stories in the Grimms' famous compendium of ancient Teutonic folk legends; Snow White (the one immortalized by Walt Disney) and Snow White & Rose Red, a lesser known story about two young sisters living with their mother in a mountain cabin who encounter an enchanted bear and a mysterious dwarf.

The quirk of translation has proved mildly confusing for generations of fairytale lovers, but it's about to get even more so. Why? Well, because Disney has picked up a live-action fantasy pitch that aims to merge both stories into a single new live-action adventure, titled Rose Red.

Written by Justin Merz from a pitch by Evan Daugherty (who also scripted Snow White and the Huntsman for Universal), Rose Red is described by THR as being a revisionist take on the original Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs that adds Rose Red to the story as Snow's previously-unmentioned sister. In this version, after Snow White falls into her poison apple-induced "Sleeping Death," Rose (estranged from her sister for unknown reasons) seeks out and teams up with the Seven Dwarfs in order to undertake a dangerous quest that could hold the key to breaking the curse and reviving Snow White.

It's not difficult to see why Merz's pitch appealed to Disney studio heads' current sensibilities; it's a story featuring a pair of sisters with a complicated relationship (a'la Frozen) that takes on the form of a revisionist live-action take on one of Disney's animated classics (Alice in Wonderland) reimagined to center on female agency (Maleficent) - in this case, by focusing less on Prince Charming and more on a sisterly-bonding angle (Frozen again) with a dash of The Hobbit for good measure. Originally conceived as standalone feature, Daugherty will reportedly rework the overall premise to be more explicitly a companion-piece to Disney's Snow White animated movie.

Red Rose makes sense from a studio standpoint, as audiences have proven to have a strong appetite for live-action fairytales in recent years - especially those that carry the Disney brand or association with tales best known for their Disney versions. Maleficent was a commercial hit for the Mouse House; this year's Alice Through the Looking Glass is widely expected to follow its predecessor to box-office gold; Once Upon a Time is now in its fifth season on ABC; and a tidy box office is predicted for Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War. Tripp Vinson of Vinson Films is producing Red Rose, which is one of three live-action fairy tale films he's cooking for Disney; the other two being Prince Charming, a comedy told from the perspective of the titular prince's less famous brother, and Genies, a proposed prequel to Aladdin expanding on the mythology behind the Genie character.

For the record: The original Snow White & Rose Red involves two sisters who agree to shelter a talking bear in their mountain cabin during a particularly bitter snowstorm. Later, they aid the same bear in defeating a troublemaking magical dwarf who'd bedeviled them both during the intervening months, ultimately discovering the bear to be a prince transformed by the dwarf's curse. It is unclear how much of that story (beyond the names) will be incorporated into the Disney film.

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We'll bring you more information on Rose Red as it becomes available.

Source: THR

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