Disney is bringing a new heroine into the fold with an inter-textual take on the German fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red. The original Brothers Grimm version tells the tale of two sisters who help break a spell placed on a prince by an evil dwarf, which had turned the prince into a bear. Rose Red will now feature as the sister of Snow White from Little Snow White, which inspired Disney’s iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The new Rose Red story will be a live action film and is written by Justin Merz (The Boxcar Children) and Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).
The fairy tale will pick up after Snow White has eaten the poisoned apple and fallen into her sleeping death. Her estranged sister, Rose Red, will join forces with the seven dwarves and go on a dangerous quest to try and break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.
Seventy years on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs still attracts the ire of literary critics for its so-called sexist ideology. A new take on the old tale is going to be subject to some serious scrutiny, but the story has plenty of scope to create a thoroughly modern pair of heroines. Daugherty’s previous spin on Snow White, Snow White and the Huntsman, was not nearly as successful as Disney’s live-action Cinderella, despite that story being boldly and completely traditional. The pairing with Disney, who have been churning out one excellent live-action film after another and know a thing or two about fairy tales, could be just the thing Rose Red needs.