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.