I could have sworn the story of "Little Riding Hood" was creepy enough. But Variety reports that Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way banner is developing a Gothic reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood with Orphan screenwriter David Leslie Johnson. Orphan has earned the Warner based Appian $28 million in it's first 11 days, so Johnson is a certified stud at the moment.
It is unknown as of yet as to which version of Riding Hood Johnson will base his gothic adaptation on.
The best-known version of the story -- in which a wolf disguises himself to fool a girl delivering food to her sick grandmother in the forest -- was published in the 19th century by the Brothers Grimm. Earlier oral versions of the tale, which date back to the Middle Ages, are far darker and sometimes involve a werewolf rather than a wolf; the first published version, by Charles Perrault, concludes with Red Riding Hood eaten by the wolf, with no happy ending.
Will Little Red get a happy ending? Or will the Big Bad Wolf have some dessert to help digest her and her Grandmother?
And what age will they be looking to cast Little Red? If they're going late teens I'd suggest either one of the Rachel Woods out there: Evan Rachel-Wood(The Wrestler), or Rachel Hurd-Wood (Solomon Kane/Peter Pan) would make a fine choice.
If they're skewing a bit younger, maybe Chloe Moretz(Kick Ass/500 Days of Summer), or Annasophie Robb(Race To Witch Mountain/Charlie And The Chocalate Factory). But these are just suggestions!
So what do you think of a gothic version of Little Red Riding Hood? And what are your ideas for casting?