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Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt helps Snow White learn kung fu

Feb. 1, 2011by: Dave Davis

There's been lots of buzz about the race to get a new SNOW WHITE to theaters -- Universal is eyeing Viggo Mortensen for their Huntsman, and director Tarsem Singh is seeking appropriate humans for Relativity's 3D version of the fairy tale.

Meanwhile, Disney has been quietly getting their dwarfs in a row on their own SNOW AND THE SEVEN. The Mouse House has brought in TOY STORY 3 writer Michael Arndt (celebrating his latest Oscar nomination -- he already has a statue for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) to tackle the story, which has already gone through several drafts with other writers.

The long-in-development version is an “East meets West” update of the classic fairy tale set in a British colony in China during the late 19th century. It follows a young woman and the seven Shaolin monks who believe she holds the key to the future within her deathblow-dealing hands.

Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND) has been attached to direct, with Natalie Portman previously linked to the kick-ass Snow role and martial arts maestro Yuen Wo Ping (THE MATRIX, IRON MONKEY) choreographing the wire-assisted fisticuffs.

Extra Tidbit: And that's not all -- Brett Ratner is also planning an "edgy" version of the German folk tale.
Source: Heat Vision

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4:13PM on 02/02/2011
Bret Ratner should plan on nothing else...except sucking the business end of a .357.
Bret Ratner should plan on nothing else...except sucking the business end of a .357.
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8:02AM on 02/03/2011
LOL WOW! That's harsh, but very witty!
LOL WOW! That's harsh, but very witty!
10:46AM on 02/02/2011
Toy Story 2 was Okay!
Toy Story 2 was Okay!
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8:38AM on 02/02/2011
Haha, what? This sounds like the kind of insanity that breeds excellence.
Haha, what? This sounds like the kind of insanity that breeds excellence.
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7:31AM on 02/02/2011
This gets a thumbs up because, well ... did you see that image up there?
This gets a thumbs up because, well ... did you see that image up there?
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5:21AM on 02/02/2011
Bret Ratner should plan on nothing else...except sucking the business end of a .357.
Bret Ratner should plan on nothing else...except sucking the business end of a .357.
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4:55AM on 02/02/2011
Hottest. Snow White. Ever.
Hottest. Snow White. Ever.
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3:37AM on 02/02/2011

My casting nomination

Beautiful Shu Qi for the wicked queen. If there is one in this.
Beautiful Shu Qi for the wicked queen. If there is one in this.
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12:55AM on 02/02/2011
nice, I'm down for a Kung Fu Snow White tale. Seems like a fun idea.
nice, I'm down for a Kung Fu Snow White tale. Seems like a fun idea.
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12:46AM on 02/02/2011

Im down for anything written by Arndt

he's 2 for 2 so far.
he's 2 for 2 so far.
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12:38AM on 02/02/2011

interesting...

I'm looking forward to more on this...

as for Toy Story 3 though, it sucked. Plain and simple. Anyone else is just too caught up in the past. Yes Toy Story 1 and 2 kicked ass, they still do, but Toy Story 3 was lame from the point they arrive at the day care til the point they escape the day care. Yet this movie gets nominated for all these awards? Obviously the people nominating are blinded by the light of the past, cause the story was just a rip off of old Toy Story movies among other
I'm looking forward to more on this...

as for Toy Story 3 though, it sucked. Plain and simple. Anyone else is just too caught up in the past. Yes Toy Story 1 and 2 kicked ass, they still do, but Toy Story 3 was lame from the point they arrive at the day care til the point they escape the day care. Yet this movie gets nominated for all these awards? Obviously the people nominating are blinded by the light of the past, cause the story was just a rip off of old Toy Story movies among other animated flicks, and the new characters and jokes fell flat for the most part, as did the "oh noes are they gonna dies!" part with the melting pot. Like anyone with a brain really thought they would kill them, surprise! Oh wait, no... there was no surprise.

It's absolutely unbelievable that TS3 gets a nom for not only best picture but also best animated feature when it's for the most part a rip-off. Legend of the Guardians was a much better and much more entertaining film and it was a ripoff of past movies as well (see: The Lion King kinda thing) but in the end it was a much more visually dazzling film, a much more interesting story, with fresh characters and witty jokes and killer action scenes. How that's not nominated if Toy Story 3 is I'll never know, well we do know - because Toy Story 1 and 2 were awesome, so Toy Story 3 has to be. But it isn't. It was a mediocre finale other than the very beginning and the very end.

Can't wait to see how many 'minuses' I get for this one. "boo you suck! Toy Story 3 was like soooo good yurr stoopid!!"

3...2...1 attack.
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1:26AM on 02/02/2011
Toy Story 3 is a great movie and the reason why it is a success and is nominated for all the Oscars is because it is a great film.

And what other animated movies other than Toy Story 1 and 2, did 3 rip off from?
Toy Story 3 is a great movie and the reason why it is a success and is nominated for all the Oscars is because it is a great film.

And what other animated movies other than Toy Story 1 and 2, did 3 rip off from?
1:57AM on 02/02/2011
At least you're aware of the fact that the folks on this site will eat you alive.

I won't say that I agree with your statement, I certainly understand the feeling. Toy Story 3 is not near the level of excellence achieved in the first two films but I'd still give it about an 8 or 8.5 out of 10. (The first has a perfect 10 and the second was the first movie I saw in theaters and I'd give it about a 9.5)

You just have to accept that every Pixar movie that comes out now will be given the
At least you're aware of the fact that the folks on this site will eat you alive.

I won't say that I agree with your statement, I certainly understand the feeling. Toy Story 3 is not near the level of excellence achieved in the first two films but I'd still give it about an 8 or 8.5 out of 10. (The first has a perfect 10 and the second was the first movie I saw in theaters and I'd give it about a 9.5)

You just have to accept that every Pixar movie that comes out now will be given the title of "Best Pixar Movie Yet", regardless of quality.

I too was surprised to find that people were crying during the incinerator scene. It didn't even occur to me that people would think that they would die there seeing as how the movie wasn't even half over and they obviously weren't going to kill the main characters.

Plus there were entirely too many new characters that offered nothing. Seriously, which character even compares to Jesse and Bullseye in the second. Lotso was basically just a knockoff of Pete, and none of the others could compare to the excellent characterization found in the first two films. This movie felt like a sorry excuse to sell a bunch of toys half the time. Characters like Peas in a Pod, Dolly, Trixie, Buttercup, Mr. Pricklepants, Bookworm etc served no purpose to the film and just took away time from characters we love, like Slinky Dog, Hamm, Sarge, Bo Peep etc. who were tossed aside for no reason.

I did get emotional during the end sequence of the toys being given away but that had a lot to do with nostalgia.

Again, I didn't hate the movie (I gave it only a point or so lower than 2) but people keep saying that it's better than the first two and that bothers me. It's like saying Die Hard 2 is better than Die Hard. There's nothing wrong with Die Hard 2, but it's certainly not better than the original.

Pixar used to be a truly great studio but I just feel the success has gotten to their heads. In my opinion, the worst film they've made to date is Up. Yes, worse than Cars or A Bugs Life or whatever movie is considered their worst. The movie had a brilliant first 10 minutes and if it had ended there, it would have been their best short to date. Unfortunately the movie kept going and got worse and worse. While I feel Toy Story 3 is overrated, I find Up to be an actual mediocre movie. I guess the problem was simply that I was supposed to find Dug and Russell likable for no other reason that they were designed to look cute and had cute voices. As far as their actions are considered, they were incredibly irritating characters. Plus the plot is so thin that the movie could have easily been shortened by about half an hour and not missed a beat.

Since the mediocre Up, I've questioned Pixar's decisions and I'm not liking what I'm seeing. A sequel to Monster's Inc. and Cars but canceling their original film, Newt.

Of course, all this is blasphemy around here. Pixar truly can do no wrong, apparently. Can anyone honestly say that there is artistic merit in making Cars 2. The same kind of artistic merit it took to make films like Toy Story/2, Monsters Inc. or Wall-E? Those movies were made to make money obviously, but there was more to it than that. They were innovative and original and creative and you could tell that the filmmakers were passionate and wanted to tell these stories.

But, if they are going to make a boatload of many, get drowned in praise and be given awards regardless of how the actual film is, what's the need to try?
Cars 2 is a simple cash grab and it's disappointing that such a talented studio is now settling instead of reaching for the stars as they used to.
3:17AM on 02/02/2011
@Wp-DFA : Uh-oh. You're one of those guys, aren't you? Saw you over at the JGL In TDKR post and you said TDKR is underwhelming compared to TDK, that TDK itself isn't a masterpiece, and now you're here saying Toy Story 3 is just "meh..". To each his own, I'm sure, and I respect your personal opinions...but you really ARE one of those people, aren't you? The one who scopes a film under a magnifying glass, and isn't phased even when confronted with stuff like TDK or Toy Story 3, and takes the time
@Wp-DFA : Uh-oh. You're one of those guys, aren't you? Saw you over at the JGL In TDKR post and you said TDKR is underwhelming compared to TDK, that TDK itself isn't a masterpiece, and now you're here saying Toy Story 3 is just "meh..". To each his own, I'm sure, and I respect your personal opinions...but you really ARE one of those people, aren't you? The one who scopes a film under a magnifying glass, and isn't phased even when confronted with stuff like TDK or Toy Story 3, and takes the time to go into great detail about why you hate it? That's all good dude, that's your right, but you're probably going to be a "Thumbs-Up Virgin" around here...ie, you're never gonna' get any.
12:30AM on 02/02/2011
I love Toy Story 3, but I have no idea what to think about Snow White and seven fighting dwarf monks.
I love Toy Story 3, but I have no idea what to think about Snow White and seven fighting dwarf monks.
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1:44AM on 02/02/2011
sorry I don't know how to reply to your reply to my post, so I'll post it here (by the way how do you do that?)...

anyways I really don't see why people like you say Toy Story 3 was great. It seems like its just because its toy story, but its a completely placid rehash of what we've seen before. I may have made a miscall by saying it took from other films as I honestly can't put a finger on what I was referring to at the time but that is really besides the point as all you really need to see
sorry I don't know how to reply to your reply to my post, so I'll post it here (by the way how do you do that?)...

anyways I really don't see why people like you say Toy Story 3 was great. It seems like its just because its toy story, but its a completely placid rehash of what we've seen before. I may have made a miscall by saying it took from other films as I honestly can't put a finger on what I was referring to at the time but that is really besides the point as all you really need to see is how much it copied from it's past iterations. It's like inbreeding or something and the product was a big disappointment. I mean, why was it so good other than because Woody and Buzz were back? Sure the characters are awesome, but the movie isn't. The reason it was a financial success wasn't because it's a great movie, it's because it's the Toy Story brand, plain and simple.
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