Cinema does has always had its seasons for gravitating towards a cultural fad or fashion. the sword and sandals films have remained for some time now since Gladiator hit our screens back in 2000. And it seems that cinema’s romance with fairy tales is not going to be over anytime soon.
We have already had Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman and Mirror Mirror with Juliet Roberts. But it seems we will have number releases leading all the way up to January 2013, with TV providing its own contributions too.
Snow White & the Huntsman
Thor’s Chris Hemsworth drops the the hammer Mjolner and picks up an axe instead in the upcoming spin on one of the most famous fairy tales of all time. Hired by an evil queen, played by Charlize Theron, to kill Snow White. This adaptation perhaps serves a metaphor for real life, in highlighting that beauty contains power. And since Snow is the queen’s rival in beauty, she must go! Of course the huntsman ends up deviating from his mission and ends up creating a Snow White I don’t think animation or film has seen…er…hmm Joan of Arc?
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
After their first encounter as children, with the witch who had a serious perversion in her diet programme. The siblings Hansel and Gretel realised that they had stumbled into what seemed like a good career path and continued to off witches building an international reputation for killing them. Jeremy Renner the newest franchise prince stars alongside and Gemma ‘the Allure’ Arterton, in which will be the first fairy tale film in 2013, as its 2012 release date has been pushed back to Jan.
The Monkey King
Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok in one film…do I really need to write any more? Well okay then. I cannot remember how many times Wu Cheng’en’s A Journey West has been adapted for TV, theatre and the silver screen. In fact I should probably mention that veteran director Tsui Hark is also making another version on the heels of Cheang Pou-Soi’s. Both of which will be in 3D. I hope that as well as bringing some great action from the talented cast that the endearing, funny, lesson packed rites of passage is the focus point.
A Chinese Fairy Tale A remake of A Chinese Ghost Story came out last year in the Asian territories and Once Upon a Time and Grimm have graced US screens and are both currently being shown in the UK, all are worth a look at.
Jack the Giant Killer