‘Prince Charming’ Rides In: Disney Outbids Everybody To Win Movie Rights

Prince Charming isn’t always up for auction, though we wish we could bid for him. It would be easier than kissing a lot of frogs. But when a comic script for a movie about Prince Charming’s brother was offered to studios, Disney outbid all the other big guns to win the rights to make it.

Everybody’s had trouble living up to the perfect sibling. But what if your sibling is Prince Charming? The Guardian reported that the script for Prince Charming was developed by Matt Fogel, whose previous writing credits include Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.

This is the first time he has sold a solo script to a big studio, but he is no novice. He was part of the team that developed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

According to Variety, details about the script haven’t been released, but we do know that the plot revolves around Prince Charming’s brother, who is most definitely not charm personified. For once the heroine takes the backseat in a Disney movie. We don’t know who Prince Charming or his brother will woo – Snow White, Belle, or perhaps Cinderella as a continuation of Cinderella. The movie will be produced by Mandeville Films and Tripp Vinson, and will be a live-action comedy, following the successful path carved by Maleficent and Cinderella.

Prince Charming is not the only live-action reimagining of a fairytale in store for moviegoers who like their fair share of fantasy. Disney is currently working on a new version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, which is slated to hit screens in 2017. Warner Bros hope to give Disney stiff competition in the genre with their Pinocchio and The Jungle Book (Disney will give us another version of it as well in what could be direct war – get the popcorn), while Universal is keen to get their piece of the pie with a new version of The Little Mermaid.

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Since all those fairytales, at the root, tackle fairly adult themes and so have potential for darker twists and turns, Disney might be doing the smart thing by getting ahead of the game and buying Prince Charming, a comic reimagining of a thus-far woefully neglected character. If nothing else, it will be interesting to find out if a fairytale character that’s often disappointingly one-dimensional could get young boys to the cinemas to watch a version of the happily-ever-after. So far, there has been no information on who will be cast as Prince Charming or his unfortunate brother, nor has there been any news about who will direct this potentially intriguing movie.

Twitter users and already getting into the spirit of things with casting suggestions for Prince Charming and his unfortunate brother.

But some others are not so thrilled with the idea.

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