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Disney Developing a Musical Twist on Princess and the Pea Titled ‘Penelope’

Disney is doing what they do best, adapting classic fairytales into musical films. According to Deadline, the studio is tackling Princess and the Pea with a twist.

The live-action film titled Penelope is being written by Robert Sudduth (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist). Will Gluck (Peter Rabbit) is producing through his Olive Bridge banner is producing the pic. As of now, details on the project are being kept under wraps. The trade does report Disney is planning the project for a theatrical release.

The Princess and the Pea is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid) about a young woman whose royal ancestry is established by a test of her sensitivity. The tale was first published with three others by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet on 8 May 1835.

Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, possibly originating from Sweden, as it is unknown in the Danish oral tradition. Neither “The Princess and the Pea” nor Andersen’s other tales of 1835 were well received by Danish critics, who disliked their casual, chatty style and their lack of morals.

Gluck is continuing to build on his new working relationship with Disney. He is also in development on a live-action adaptation of the Aristocats. Gluck is currently writing the script and will produce under the Olive Bridge banner.