Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Little Red Riding Hood Gets Gothic Twist

Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner is developing a Gothic reimagining of "Little Red Riding Hood" with screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.

The "Red Riding Hood" project's been developed internally at Appian Way but isn't being positioned as a possible acting vehicle for DiCaprio.

The best-known version of the story -- in which a wolf disguises himself to fool a girl delivering food to her sick grandmother in the forest -- was published in the 19th century by the Brothers Grimm. Earlier oral versions of the tale, which date back to the Middle Ages, are far darker and sometimes involve a werewolf rather than a wolf; the first published version, by Charles Perrault, concludes with Red Riding Hood eaten by the wolf, with no happy ending.

I'm very interested in this since I like the story of Little Red Riding Hood. I always wanted to see a darker version of it since what we always got was a kids friendly version. If they want this film to be a good hit at the box office than they would have to cast a well known actress as Little Red Riding Hood. I'm not sure who would fit the part right, but I wouldn't mind seeing Ellen Page take on the role.


Andrew The Dark said...

Now this is a story thats made for a darker version. Hopefully they cast good actors.

Farzan said...

I hope so Andrew

Jane Keel said...

It so nice that at any point of age, we can all relate to the story of little red riding hood, since it has deifferent versions that suit different age. i wish i could be reminded to share those with my kids in the future. lots of stories and fantasies. fun and exciting! cheers.