Whenever someone decides to remake one of my favorite childhood stories, I assume it will be geared towards a younger audience. That’s not the case with the upcoming take on the popular tale of Little Red Riding Hood. According to /Film, the writer of last month’s horror flick Orphan has been tapped to adapt the story, but with a Gothic twist.
Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson has been hired by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production company Appian Way to write a “reimagining” of the classic. Apparently the film has been in development for years, and several people have tried to take Little Red Riding Hood to a darker place. DiCaprio isn’t set to star in the film, but he will be involved on the production side of things. Info on this project is scarce, but here’s a brief description of what is known.
“The story had as its subject an “attractive, well-bred young lady”, a village girl of the country being deceived into giving a wolf she encountered the information he needed to find her grandmother’s house successfully and eat the old woman while at the same time avoiding being noticed by woodcutters working in the nearby forest. Then he proceeded to lay a trap for the Red Riding Hood. The latter ends up eaten by the wolf and there the story ends. The wolf emerges the victor of the encounter and there is no happy ending.”
In my opinion this isn’t really a drastic step in terms of the stories original vibe. When I was a kid Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel were all scary to me. If you really look at it, they all deal with murder and child abduction. That’s the weird thing about these older tales, in hindsight it’s like reading a script from an episode of Law & Order: SVU.
What do you think about the upcoming Gothic take on Little Red Riding Hood?