It’s no small secret that Disney is mining through their animated vault to adapt classic titles into live-action films. The process has been a relative hit or miss, but Aladdin‘s recent box office success only gives way for the studio to release more of these, whether that is theatrically or on their upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
Now the studio appears to have found a director to helm another one of their animated classics — their first one, in fact. According to new reports, (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb has been tapped to helm the live-action version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. More on the report below.
Variety says Webb is currently in talks with the Mouse House upcoming live-action adaptation of Snow White. Though the deal isn’t finalized, Webb is Disney’s top choice to oversee the production of the film. If he signs on, he would be using a script written by The Girl on the Train scribe Erin Cressida Wilson.
Some of Disney’s recent live-action remakes have taken out memorable musical numbers. However, that won’t happen with the live-action of Snow White. The film will stay true to the spirit of the animated original and expand upon the story and music, with new songs from La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
Marc Platt is on board to produce.
Based on the 1938 film of the same name, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was one of the first animated features to get a wide theatrical release. Using new and innovative technology, it would help pave the way for other features and other studios to look into this colorful method of storytelling.
This would be Webb’s third time directing a big budget feature for a major studio. The director made a name for himself right out of the gate with the Sundance Film Festival darling (500) Days of Summer. After that film was met with critical and commercial acclaim, he was quickly signed on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unfortunately, both films did not meet anyone’s expectations and the franchise was quickly rebooted.
Eventually, Webb would return to smaller-budget features. He would go on to direct Gifted, starring Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. The film was a fairly sweet but predictable film about a child prodigy who gets caught in between a custody battle between his carefree uncle who was once a professor, and a high-strung grandmother.