With two of the most recent films being advertised on TV at the minute, it seems that everyone is having a shot at taking a famed fairytale and putting an adult twist on it to make it their own.
Red Riding Hood, currently being shown in UK cinemas, is based on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter. Directed by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke, Red Riding Hood follows a very similar storyline to Bella Swan’s vampire/werewolf love triangle. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is torn between two men; she is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). But which is the feared werewolf that threatens the village?
Beastly, directed by Daniel Barnz, is a modern-day take on Beauty and the Beast where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love. Starring Alex Pettyfer and High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens, Beastly will be released in UK cinemas on 22nd April.
And I’m sure there’s more to come, although, at the minute I only see Shrek‘s Puss In Boots go solo and a comedy take as Adam Sandler stars as both Jack and Jill in his latest film, both set to be released in November. What next? A real-life Little Mermaid threatened by The Big Fish Fight? I wouldn’t be surprised.