In its second week in theaters, Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ raked in a total of $127.4 million at the box office so far. While it’s still lagging behind other fairytale re-imaginings like ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ prequel is doing pretty well for the House of Mouse. But it looks like that they won’t be the only big dogs in the yard as Sony Pictures seems to be moving in on the bad guy backstory game.
In a recent press release, Sony Pictures Animation announced that they are developing their own female-fronted villain turned anti-hero movie called ‘Medusa’. Drawing from Greek mythology, the animated feature will follow a new take on the snake-haired Gorgon’s origin story based on a pitch from ‘Antz’ writer Todd Alcott and producer Holly Golden that’s described as “a clever, heartfelt animated comedy about a girl who’s having the ultimate bad hair day.” Emmy winner Lauren Faust, who is behind the ‘My Little Pony’ revival (and by extension, Bronies), is attached to direct the film and she mentions in the release what it was that drew her to the project:
“Todd and Holly’s version of the tale of Medusa is filled with so many of my favorite ideas to work with: magic, mythology, humor and strong, funny, extremely relatable characters. I was excited by the idea of showing the comedy behind an otherwise horrific monster, and I was really drawn to the writer’s unique re-imagining of Greek mythology. In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others. Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong.”
By the sounds of Faust’s description, we’re not likely to get to the parts of Medusa’s story that involve Poseidon or Perseus. Instead, I anticipate child-friendly comedy similar to ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ or ‘The Smurfs’, which also come from the studio. But what about you? Are you interested in ‘Medusa’? Let us know in the comments.