Dave McNary at Variety is reporting Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production house is getting in the fairy tale business with plans for a gothic re-imagining of “Little Red Riding Hood” with David Leslie Johnson, the screenwriter on the recently released horror/thriller Orphan, attached to pen the adaptation.
Of course we all know the traditional 19th century by Brothers Grimm story of Red and her run-in with the wolf at her sick grandma’s house, but McNary brings up earlier versions that were apparently much darker:
Should they be able to tap into that aspect and turn it into a bona fide thriller and not just a gothic mess shot in dark blue moonlight with scraggly trees then perhaps we may have something here. I know, get Taylor Lautner to play the wolf and when he’s not showing his fangs have him running around with his shirt off. Oh man, someone give me a director… we need to storyboard this!