Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Snow and the Seven? Wha- huh?!

Holy crow. I'm not sure how I missed hearing about Snow and the Seven earlier this summer, but I stumbled upon news of it in the most recent Premier, and now my head is moving in slow revolutions while I try to make sense of it. Really just one more reason why Michael Chabon is one of the coolest guys on the planet.

The Wicked Queen will not know what hit her. Snow White is about to be transformed into a martial arts epic with Shaolin monks replacing the seven dwarves of the original Grimm Brothers fairytale.

Yuen Woo-ping, the fight choreographer for the Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has been recruited to direct the film, which will be shot in China later this year.

Tentatively titled Snow and the Seven, the story - scripted by Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon - will be set in a British concession of colonial China in the 1880s.

I think Chabon is charting a new career path for Pulitzer prize winners. What other Pulitzer-winners have leveraged their mainstream literary plaudits into writing a) a comic book, b) the screenplay for a superhero flick, c) a Sherlock Holmes novella, and d) a kung fu flick to be directed by Yuen Woo-ping?

[Tangent: I finally got a chance to see Stephen Chow's excellent Kung Fu Hustle last night, and it's put me in a mood to see a bit more HK cinema make use of the kinds of tricks CGI lets filmmakers get away with these days. The final fight scene, between the Beast and the One, is the kind of thing that was inconceivable just a few years ago. Wire-fu choreographers and directors (like Chow and Woo-ping) are already used to thinking in three dimensions, one dimension more than most American action directors, and I wait impatiently to see what sorts of new directions into which they start pushing film in coming years.]

Ha! I watched Kung Fu Hustle Monday night, too. Crouching Tiger with a weird Roger Rabbit feel... good stuff! And thanks for the bit on Chabon and Snow and the Seven, I hadn't heard about that either.
I described Kung Fu Hustle to someone the other day as a Shaw Bros kung fu flick, crossed with a Hollywood musical (sans the singing, but with a bit of dancing), sprinkled liberally with Tex Avery cartoons. Your Crouching Tiger-Roger Rabbit splice is pretty right on, too.
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