5 Fairy Tales Coming to the Big Screen

Posted 02/07/2012


5 Fairy Tales Coming to the Big Screen
For cinema goers, this year has been rather magical. For starters, we’ve already seen two Snow White films (‘Mirror Mirror’ with Lily Collins and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ with Kristen Stewart). Then there’s Pixar’s ‘Brave,’ a new add to the fairy-tale canon. And after our first eager glimpse of Angelina Jolie in the title role of ‘Maleficent,’ it became crystal-ball clear that audiences can’t get enough ‘once upon a time’ tales. Our friends at NextMovie have rounded up some upcoming movies that will soon be casting a spell on cinemas.

‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’
Mash up action, comedy, and horror in a movie produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, and you get Jeremy Renner as Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel. This memorable title is slated for release early next year in 3-D, after Paramount pushed back its March 2012 release date. It is set 15 years after the siblings' traumatic gingerbread-house incident, when they are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

We pretty much guarantee Sean Bean won't be beheaded in this dark re-imagining of author J.M. Barrie's tale of Peter Pan. Bean plays Smee, a cop who aids former detective Hook (Aaron Eckhart) in his pursuit of a childlike kidnapper. AnnaSophia Robb (‘Soul Surfer’) joins them as Wendy, the only kid who's ever escaped the villain's clutches.

‘Sleeping Beauty’
Hailee Steinfeld of ‘True Grit’ fame will star in this contemporary interpretation of the fairy tale, taking the iconic princess on a journey to explore her dream world while she simultaneously tries to escape it. It's still in development, with no other cast members officially announced.

‘Enchanted 2’
Amy Adams will reportedly reprise her role as Giselle in this Disney sequel to the blockbuster 2007 film, which brought the fairy tale princess to real-life New York City in her quest for love. James Marsden, Julie Andrews and Patrick Dempsey are also rumoured to be part of the cast again for this 2014 release.

With Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan's Labyrinth,’ ‘Hellboy’) at the helm, this is certain to be a darker version of the classic children's fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy. Daniel Radcliffe is rumoured to star, with a shoot planned to start next summer.

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