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Hollywood fairy tales take on an edge

Red Riding Hood

(Warner Bros., opens March 11)

Original tale: “Little Red Riding Hood,” Charles Perrault’s 17th century story based on folk tales, follows a girl on her way to her grandmother’s house in the woods. She is eaten by a wolf but is later released from the animal’s stomach by a hunter. Story has often been adapted, including 2005’s animated “Hoodwinked!”

New spin: Set in a medieval village, the film follows a girl (Amanda Seyfried) who falls in love with a boy (Shiloh Fernandez) who may or may not be a werewolf.


(CBS Films, opens March 18)

Original tale: The traditional French story “Beauty and the Beast” centers on a selfish prince placed under a curse that turns him into a beast. It can be broken only by true love, which he finds in the beautiful Belle.

New spin: A curse disfigures an egocentric high schooler (Alex Pettyfer). He then seeks true love. Daniel Barnz directs.

Jack the Giant Killer

(New Line, goes into production this year)

Original tale: In “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a boy sells the family cow for beans that grow into a large beanstalk that reaches the clouds. Jack climbs up and is told that the giant stole his family fortune. He steals back the giant’s treasure and is chased by the giant. Jack chops down the beanstalk and kills his pursuer.

New spin: Bryan Singer directs a story in which giants and men live in harmony. Peace is threatened after a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom to save a kidnapped princess.

Hansel and Gretel

(Paramount, goes into production this year)

Original tale: The Grimm story published in 1812 revolves around two young siblings who get lost in the forest. A witch lures them into her gingerbread house and makes plans to eat them, but they outwit her.

New spin: Set 15 years after their original imprisonment, the sibs are now bounty hunters who track witches like the one that threatened them as children.

Snow White and the Huntsman

(Universal, goes into production this year)

Original tale: “Snow White,” another Grimm story retold numerous times, is best known through the 1937 Disney toon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” In that version, a jealous queen orders her huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. But the huntsman spares the girl, who is taken in by seven dwarfs. The queen finds her and poisons her, but she is saved by her prince charming.

New spin: A what-if tale that centers on the huntsman and what would have happened if he had continued to protect Snow White after letting her go. Rupert Sanders directs.