May 30, 2017

Disney prepping its own Snow White feature set in China

By Sean O’Connell And then there were three.

As Universal and Relativity race to the finish line with dueling Snow White productions — starring the likes of Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts — Walt Disney has revealed that it’s negotiating with director Michael Gracey to helm a live-action Snow White feature tentatively titled “Order of the Seven.” The Wrap reports that Gracey served as an animator on “Happy Feet” but also directed a wildly popular “Roller Babies” commercial for Evian, which won the Guinness World Record for the most-watched online ad.

Gracey would replace “Water for Elephants” director Francis Lawrence, who once was attached but has since moved on.

And while two Snow White films already are heading to theaters in 2012, we wouldn’t see Disney’s production until 2013. The Wrap confirms that the plot, set in China, replaces dwarves with “members of an order of warriors who meet up with an Englishwoman and protect her from an ancient evil.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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