I can already tell you what will be the hottest selling image in Hot Topic stores in malls across the country in a few years’ time. It’s going to be Little Red Riding Hood. Just like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Heath Ledger’s Joker merchandise are undoubtedly the biggest-selling goth products out there, Red Riding Hood will soon follow suit. Why? Because the story is being gothic-ized for the big screen.
“Variety” reports the writer of Orphan, David Leslie Johnson, has been tapped by Leo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company to adapt the Little Red Riding Hood tale and inject it with a gothic twist. It’s not remotely being considered a possible project for DiCaprio to star, as what would he play? The wolf?
The story of Red Riding Hood is certainly familiar to everyone who’s no longer a fetus, but apparently some earlier oral versions of the story involve a werewolf, rather than a wolf, which we know is getting a cinematic resurgence right about now. The prospect of this re-telling of the Red Riding Hood story reminds me of the concept for the PC game, “American McGee’s Alice,” which had an even more twisted take on that tale than its original version. I do like the idea behind this and I have a feeling if executed properly it could make for an interesting film. What does the goth in you, think?