Hollywood’s fairy-tale cauldron has been working overtime of late. In addition to a plethora of other fairy-tale movies in development, 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld is now attached to a spec script of Sleeping Beauty, according to a source close to the project. (Deadline first broke the news.)
The script, by development executive-turned-screenwriter Lindsay Devlin, would retell the classic story entirely from Princess Aurora’s point of view. That is, instead of Aurora merely drifting into a deep coma and waiting for true love’s kiss to break the spell, she’ll now enter a hazardous “dream world” from which she must try to escape. The spec script is currently being shopped around every major Hollywood studio.
If picked up, Sleeping Beauty would join a long list of fairy-tale pictures scheduled to unspool in the next few years. Disney is developing Maleficent, which would portray the Sleeping Beauty tale from the villainous witch’s perspective. Also in the works: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton; Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer with Nicholas Hoult; a new Peter Pan with Channing Tatum; Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, starring James Franco; and three different Snow White productions with actresses such as Julia Roberts, Kristen Stewart, and Charlize Theron involved in various iterations.
Steinfeld received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for last year’s Western hit True Grit. The actress is also reportedly attached to the romantic thriller Forgotten, about a teenage girl whose memory is erased every night. Steinfeld’s reps could not be reached for comment.