Reese Witherspoon develops a modernized take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears with a strong female protagonist. Witherspoon is an actress who started acting as a teenager and eventually broke through in the steamy teen movie cruel intentions opposite Ryan Philippe and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Since then, she has starred in several comedies, including: Sweet Home Alabama, legal blondeand its sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blondein addition to dramas, including: Water for elephants and the hit HBO series Big Little Lies. Over the years, she has been nominated for several prestigious awards and won an Oscar for playing June Carter-Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic. Walk across the line and an Emmy for her role in Big Little Lies season 1.
Though best known as an actress, In recent years Witherspoon has expanded her brand to include a production company called Sunshine Entertainment and a popular book club modeled after Oprah. As a producer, she has largely focused on literary adaptations with strong female protagonists, including those from 2014 Wild and gone girlthe miniseries of 2020 Little fires everywhereand this year Where the crayfish sing. Her upcoming projects include an adaptation of the novel by Liane Moriarty Really insanely guilty and a live action Tinker Bell film, in addition to producing and starring in the upcoming Legal Blonde 3.
In a recent press release, Sunshine Entertainment announced that they would be teaming up with Build-A-Bear Entertainment on a new film project. The film will be an adaptation of the British fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bearswhich was originally published in 1837. The story, which follows a young woman who enters the home of Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear to taste their porridge, chairs and beds and to find out which one is most to her liking, will a modernized, animated retelling with a strong female lead.
The History of Goldilocks Adjustments
although goldilocks is an iconic story in Western literature, this will be the first time it has been adapted into a feature film. Most often, it has been adapted or parodied in animated shorts or episodes of fairytale anthology series, including: Looney Tunes, Happily ever after: fairy tales for every childand Broken fairy tales. However, the story has also been adapted into more long-running series such as Disney Junior’s Goldie & Bear and live-action adaptation where she was played by Tatum O’Neil in an episode of fairytale theater.
One of the reasons that Goldilocks and the Three Bears has not been adapted into a feature before is probably the simplicity of the story. Goldilocks usually doesn’t interact with other characters until the bears return at the very end and she escapes out the window, which would require a major narrative punch up to make it a longform project. However, by refocusing the story around Goldilocks as a more complex character, the film is likely to add many elements to the world around her that will give depth and detail to the story.
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