Disney's 'Prince Charming' Film Taps Stephen Chbosky to Write and Possibly Direct

The studio reveals that the reimagined take on 'Prince Charming' will be written and possibly helmed by the 'Wonder' filmmaker.

AceShowbiz - Disney assigned Stephen Chbosky to pen their new male-protagonist film, "Prince Charming", and eyed him to direct the film altogether. The film reunites Chbosky with producers Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman, whom he worked together on "Beauty and the Beast (2017)" and the filmmaker's newest film, "Wonder".

The initial script of the project was written by Matt Fogel, who criticized the image of a male-character that kept on appearing in Disney's animated movies based on fairy tales such as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella". The story "takes a look at the iconic prince from the point of view of his brother, who never quite lived up to the family name," as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, Disney has expressed their criticism by twisting a charming prince character in their Oscar-winning "Frozen (2013)".

It is still unclear whether Disney will make a Prince Charming film based on their classic animated films or an original iteration. But the prince may not be an important presence after all, because the story revolves around his brother. Additionally, even though the pitch of the story sounds serious and earnest just like the studio's previous live-action adaptations, this film can be delivered in playful, comedic way like "Enchanted".

Chbosky may not have a long history of making films, but he is a golden ticket to bring the film to a success. The writer-director has a credible track-record of writing "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", a 1999 novel which he subsequently adapted into a film in 2012, a screenplay of musical adaptation "Rent", and live-action "Beauty and the Beast", the highest-grossing film of 2017 to date.

The writer-director's newest movie, "Wonder", is a drama adapted from R.J. Palacio's novel. It tells the story of a boy born with a facial deformity who enters mainstream school at fifth grade. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay and it has been receiving strong reviews. The film opens in U.S. theaters on November 17.

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