Sunday, November 21, 2010

Red Riding Hood



Maybe it's just me, but I think the trailer gave away too much. I'm getting a Village vibe, minus the big Shyamalan twist. Does Catherine Hardwicke have enough Twilight mojo to lure in Twi-Hards looking for another paranormal romance fix until Breaking Dawn? Your guess is as good as mine. Ultimately, I suspect folks might be disappointed with the eventual payoff — haven't read the script yet, just going off my theory based on the trailer.

This is just the first of several fairy tale adaptations Hollywood has in the works. Snow White and The Huntsman is supposed to be the next big thing. If RRH tanks, those projects in development may suddenly come to a screeching halt. Honestly, I don't see ninety minutes of story here. While there is a love triangle and a werewolf (supposedly) in the mix, there's something off... too mature for its intended tween target audience?

There's a great interview with Hardwicke about the film over on latimes.com. Originally, she was hoping for an $80M budget (!!), but had to settle for $42M. The most fascinating portion of the article deals with the effort it took to get the film greenlit: cutting a trailer, using her paintings/drawings to sell the visuals and tone. Something to consider...

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