Snow White's sister is getting her own movie

Posted April 11, 2016

Snow White is surprised by the diamond miners that have taken her in, in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that Disney is working on a movie about Snow White's sister, Red Rose. (Deseret Photo)

Disney may have scrapped its earlier plans for a kung fu version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” starring Saoirse Ronan, but that doesn’t mean it’s given up on revisiting its first-ever princess movie in some fashion or another.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on March 31 that the House of Mouse is developing a Snow White “sidequel” centered around her more colorfully named sister, Rose Red.

In this revisionist take on Walt Disney’s 1937 animated film, the heretofore unknown sibling (“So … you have a sister!” said in a Darth Vader voice) will be retconned into the events of the story as she “undertakes a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarves to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project is based on a script by Justin Merz that was originally unrelated to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Rose Red does derive from the Grimm brothers — specifically from a story about two sisters titled “Snow White and Rose Red” — but, somewhat confusingly, the titular Snow White in that story is not the same one that ran afoul of a vain witch, lived with dwarves, ate a poisoned apple, etc.

Merz’s script, however, will be reworked by Evan Daugherty to bring it in line with the 1937 Disney original, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Daugherty has more than a little experience working with Snow White, having himself written Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which is getting a sequel later this month.

“Rose Red” joins a long list of recent and upcoming live-action remakes and reimaginings by Disney of its classic animated features that also includes this year’s “The Jungle Book,” as well as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Dumbo,” an “Aladdin” prequel (titled “Genies”) and many, many more.

With 55 animated features and counting, though, Disney shouldn’t run out of material to revisit for at least a few more years.

Jeff Peterson is a native of Utah Valley and studied humanities and history at Brigham Young University. Along with the Deseret News, he also contributes to the film discussion website


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