If it’s good enough for Angelina Jolie, why not Cate Blanchett, right? That seems to be the thinking of Disney as Blanchett is in talks with the studio to star as the evil stepmother in the live action version of ‘Cinderella.’ If Blanchett takes the role, she will be the first cast member to join the project. This would be a huge plus for the film as casting becomes much easier when there is a big name attached to it. Blanchett would play Lady Tremaine, the woman who marries Cinderella’s father and is not really happy to have a step daughter come with the package. Currently, Blanchett is on a press tour for the film ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ where she plays Galadrial, one of the members of the White Council.
Disney paid a whopping 7 figures back in 2010 on the project that was pitched by Aline Brosh McKenna. She’s the scribe who wrote ‘We Bought a Zoo,’ ’27 Dresses,’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada. Chris Weitz (‘The Golden Compass,’ ‘About a Boy’) wrote the current script that Mark Romanek (‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Locke and Key’) will be directing from. Simon Kinberg (who has just signed on to work on Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ films) will be producing.
While ‘Cinderella’ is most certainly a classic tale, this won’t be the first time it has been reimaged. Of the most recent works, Drew Barrymore took on the tale in the 1998 film ‘Ever After: A Cinderella Story’ and in 2004, Hilary Duff started what looked to be a franchise with ‘A Cinderella Story’ in 2004 followed by the sequel starring Selina Gomez in ‘Another Cinderella Story’ in 2008.
After the world wide success of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ studios have been clamoring over finding the next classic fairy tale to turn into a feature. With the past release of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and ‘Oz, the Great and Powerful’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ to be in theaters next year, along with ‘Maleficent,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in various stages of development or production, is it any surprise that Disney has also decided to also take on ‘Cinderella?’
It will be interesting to see if another re-imaging of ‘Cinderella’ can bring in box office success. What do you think?