Catherine Hardwicke's next movie: 'The Girl with the Red Riding Hood'

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is trading vampires for a big bad wolf as she readies herself for the adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Warner Bros. confirmed to EW.com that it has greenlit a gothic adaption of the classic fairy tale now titled The Girl with the Red Riding Hood. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Films will produce and shooting is scheduled to begin in June.

If all goes as planned, Amanda Seyfried (Mamma Mia) will play Valerie, the famous title character. The actress is still only in talks for the role and does not yet have a deal. If the part does go to her, she’ll play a girl who tries to uncover the true identity of the wolf that’s been terrorizing her village for theĀ  two decades. She must also resolve her feelings for her wealthy fiance and the town’s bad boy. Says Hardwicke, “It’s a dense, romantic thriller. As the mystery unfolds, she becomes less and less certain about her feelings and about who she can trust.”

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  • Alex

    Sounds great! I’ll be waiting.

  • Mandy

    Amanda Seyfried is the perfect little red riding hood. with her in this film, i might actually see it.

    • Kat

      I’ll see it because Catherine Hardwicke’s directing it. I love love loved TWILIGHT and The Nativity Story. She rocks.

  • RyRyNYC

    Amanda Seyfried confirmed this was (one of) her next roles since leaving Big Love on the Oscars Red Carpet to Ryan Seacrest. In fact, she said she was REALLY excited for this role.

  • Nshi

    That’s a better title than “Riding the Red Girl in the ‘Hood”.

    • Celia

      Lmao!

  • Monty

    And the twist? Her playboy fiance is the wolf!

    dun dun DUN!

    • Morgaine

      Dang. I wanted Red to be powerful and evil. I have this whole Alaska scenario where Red ends up shooting the wolf from a helicopter.
      Oh, well. I’m sure it will be JUST FINE, even if Red isn’t evil.

  • mary

    sounds interesting but Catherine Hardwick will ruin it because she’s a horrible director.

  • Sinead

    I’m happy for Catherine Hardwicke, but sad for myself because I held out hope she would be directing Breaking Dawn. Ah well. Then the Twilight Saga on film is really and truly over for me as I’ll be skipping both Eclipse and B Dawn since NMoon was the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life. I wish Catherine every success as she’s a brilliant director. She’ll be accepting Oscars one day, I have no doubt.

  • Josie

    She’s not a good director, and I’m not a big Amanda Seyfried fan, so…. guess this is one movie I won’t be seeing

    • Morgaine

      No director is good at directing everything. I think Hardwicke knows her limitations and her strengths, which is much more than I can say for the two yahoos who followed Hardwicke in directing the Twilight movies.

  • Stephanie

    Excited to see that something of hers is finally getting the green light. I wish she was gearing up for If I Stay, but I’ll take anything at this point. After NM and what looks to be another winner with Eclipse (eh, no), I am ready for anything Catherine is directing.

    • Minnie

      Agree. I’m passing on Eclipse (yuk) after the drek NM. But looking forward to anything Catherine H. is directing. I particularly love the two soundtracks from her last 2 films: Carter Burwell’s Twilight score and Mychael Danna’s Nativity Story. I listen to those film scores over and over. CH has exquisite taste.

  • Celia

    WHY would they allow this woman to direct another movie??

    • Morgaine

      Because she’s very, very good at what she does AND–here’s a shock–she can actually change tactics for different movies, and doesn’t use CGI and blood as crutches.

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