A Story That Needs to Become a Movie

A Story That Needs to Become a Movie

It’s summertime, which means there are going to be a slew of blockbuster films to go watch. A story in Idaho news predicts this will be one of the biggest box-office summers ever. The big contenders this summer are “Jurassic World” and “Ant-Man.”

Jurassic World is interesting because it is the fourth installment trying to make money off of the late Michael Crichton’s genius. We all love a good sequel, but where is the originality? Ant-Man isn’t as bad because it hasn’t been film-ified yet. But it’s just another comic-book-hero movie to go along with all the other ones.

It’s always nice to see a film that wasn’t taken or borrowed from something already created. Original screenplays that aren’t adapted seem few and far between these days. But that doesn’t mean there are good books out there that don’t deserve a shot at Hollywood. “The Martian,” which comes out in November, is based on a best-selling book, and from the trailers it looks incredible.

But what about children’s books? Walt Disney and his company both made names for themselves by taken beloved children’s tales and adapting them to the big screen. It seems like they’ve covered just about every good fairy tale story. Almost.

That begs the question: When are we going to see Disney, Pixar or Dreamworks tell Rumpelstiltskin? Yes, the character did appear in the Shrek franchise, but there still needs to be a movie just about his tale of spinning gold and go after babies.

It seems like in order to make it work, there would have to be some tweaking. Why not turn it around so that Rumpelstiltskin is actually the hero? Maybe a reluctant hero, but a savior nonetheless. There’s got to be at least one bold writer/director who can come up with a fresh take on this old classic.

Sure, the original Brothers Grimm story is quite horrifying, but that’s what makes it fun. Snow White, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid had some quite horrifying elements in their original tales, but Disney found a way to make them charming and sweet.

An animated adventure about the little imp could still keep some of the spookiness without being a nightmare. So to anyone reading this, the challenge has been issued, the gauntlet has been thrown down: Turn Rumpelstiltskin into a Disney classic.

— Fred Williams