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From Page to Screen: Little Red Riding Hood Adaptations

March 11th, 2010 (09:48 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: The Office score music

Watch out, wolf: not one but TWO Little Red Riding Hood adaptations will be coming soon to a forest near you - and both Little Reds are actresses that I personally think will do the role justice. Let's just hope the scripts do, too, and that the productions are innovative.

Television station Syfy (formerly known as Sci-Fi) has announced that Felicia Day will star in Red: Werewolf Hunter, which is slated to debut on the channel in the fall. According to the press release quotes in Entertainment Weekly, she'll be playing "a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood" who "brings her fiancé home, where he meets the family and learns about their business — hunting werewolves. He's skeptical until bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries saving him."

Then there's the Warner Brothers film Red Riding Hood (formerly known as The Girl With the Red Riding Hood), written by David Leslie Johnson, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, and directed by Catherine Hardwicke of Thirteen and Twilight fame. Amanda Seyfried plays the title role. Referring again to Entertainment Weekly, she too will be dealing with a fiancé in addition to the wolf . . . or, perhaps, one could conjecture, her fiancé who turns out to be the dreaded wolf? Note that the conjecture is mine, not the magazine's. He/she/it could just as likely be a separate character. We'll see.

This post was edited in February 2011 to add: I have now read the novel Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright, based on the screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. I won't spoil it for anyone here, but I will tell you that, since the book came out before the film, they purposely withheld the final chapter so that the ending of the movie would not be known until the movie actually opened in theaters.

While reading the novel, I learned that they were also publishing Red Riding Hood: From Script to Screen, a behind-the-scenes look at the film from director Catherine Hardwicke and screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.

May I Please Borrow Your Outfit?

Personally, I've wanted to play Little Red in the musical Into the Woods since the first time I saw the musical.

I have played a character who spoke of Little Red in a scene, but that's another story for another time.

For a quick little reminder of Little Red Riding Hood's origins, status as a banned book, and references to other adaptations of the story, feel free to hit Wikipedia.

Do not put your faith in a cape and a hood
They will not protect you the way that they should!


Posted by: Lauren (begliocchi)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)

I give this post two thumbs up for the Into the Woods tie in. I can't believe it's been almost exactly 10 years since our high school put ItW on and I got to dish it out as Jack's Mother. Ahh, memories. =)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)

*grin* Go, you!

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)

I used to want to be Little Red but now I want to be the Witch. I knew about the Felicia Day movie but yay Amanda Seyfried!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)


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