Back in February, we brought you the news that Disney is in early development on a live-action Rapunzel film, which isn’t expected to be a Tangled remake. Well, the studio has its sights on another classic story.
We have learned that Disney is in early development on a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy-tale The Snow Queen.
Story details on the project are being kept under wraps; however, we do know the project is being developed for a theatrical release. Kristin Burr (Cruella, Christopher Robin) is on board producing.
Fans are well aware that this isn’t the first time Disney has tackled The Snow Queen story as Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar franchise Frozen is loosely based on the story, and was even titled Snow Queen early in the development of the first film, but before you all start calling this new film a “live-action Frozen remake;” We have been told that The Snow Queen is a brand new film altogether.
The Snow Queen was also featured on the hit Disney-owned ABC series Once Upon A Time, played Elizabeth Mitchell, Ingrid the Snow Queen (also known as Sarah Fisher) is the main antagonist turned anti-hero in the first half of the fourth season and is the maternal aunt of Elsa and Anna.
Published on December 21, 1844, The Snow Queen centers on the struggle between good and evil as experienced by Gerda and her friend, Kai. The story is one of Andersen’s longest and most highly acclaimed stories. It is regularly included in selected tales and collections of his work and is frequently reprinted in illustrated storybook editions for children.