Anyway, the announcement got me thinking: since the "fairy-tale reinvention" genre is obviously here to stay for the foreseeable future, what other filmmakers would make inspiring choices to helm one of these films? Check out my suggestions, after the jump.
Park Chan-wook's Hansel and Gretel
At it's heart, "Hansel and Gretel" is a very disturbing tale of children being preyed upon, an idea that is terrifying to children and adults alike. Though he's never really made a film quite as fantastical as this, I would be curious to see what Park - who's responsible for Oldboy, Thirst, and Stoker - would do with it. This sort of predatory theme - particularly the victim(s) fighting back - is something he's explored in most of his films, and it would definitely have his trademark visual beauty in the framing. There's a violent undercurrent to this story that I think he could really sink his teeth into. My heart tells me to go with relatively younger actors for the lead roles, and someone unexpected as the witch in the candy house. Maybe Kim Hye-ja if he does it in Korean, Michelle Pfeiffer if it's in English?
Lars Von Trier's The Princess and the Pea
Jane Campion's Sleeping Beauty
*BONUS* Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Which tales would you like to see paired with which filmmaker?
**I am also very aware that not all of these are fairy tales. But anything based on a public-domain work gets lumped into "fairy-tale reinvention" by everyone else, so I assume everything is fair game here.