Now that the story of Snow White has been picked clean by three different movie projects, Hollywood’s got its sights on another fairy tale: Cinderella. Last year, Disney bought a pitch for a live-action retelling, to be directed by Mark Romanek from a script by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).

Now we’re getting news about a competing project from Universal, one of the players in the great Snow White movie race of 2011. Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) has been tapped to write a screenplay based on the classic story, with Bruno Aveillan set to helm. Read more after the jump.

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odysseus

Late last week, Warner Bros won a bidding war against Paramount Pictures to gain the rights to Jonathan Liebesman‘s Odysseus, a retelling of the story of the legendary Greek King and hero of Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan Wars for 20 years, Odysseus returned home to find his kingdom under the brutal occupation. He is forced to single-handedly fight a battle against an invading force, in order to take back his wife, his son and his kingdom. Producer Gianni Nunnari came up with the story in a general meeting with Liebesman, who brought in screenwriter Ann Peacock who wrote the filmmaker’s Sundance Film Festival thriller The Killing Room.

Listen, I use to call Jonathan Liebesman a hack, His early film efforts left a lot to be desired. We’re talking about the guy who made Darkness Falls and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. However, my view of Liebesman changed completely after I screened The Killing Room at Sundance. You can tell Liebesman really tried with this film, and created a movie he wanted to see, instead of a movie the studio demanded. It was enough for me to completely forget his earlier horror efforts.
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