Andy Serkis (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is set to direct, produce and star in an update of the “Rumplestiltskin” fairy tale for 20th Century Fox, to be titled “Steelskin.” “Drive” scribe Hossein Amini has been tapped to write the script.
While the plot of “Steelskin” is being kept under wraps, Tracking Board gave the following in-depth recap of the classic “Rumplestiltskin” story, in addition to breaking the news:
The Grimm Brothers’ tale is the story of a miller who tells a king that his daughter is capable of spinning straw into gold. The king then locks the girl in a tower and demands that she do so by morning, but just as she’s given up all hope, an imp-like creature arrives. He uses his magic to spin the straw into gold in exchange for jewelry, but as the king’s demands grow, so do the imp’s.
Eventually, the girl promises the imp her first-born son if he agrees to spin an entire room of straw into gold. When the imp returns years later to claim the boy, the now-queen begs him for another trade. The imp agrees, saying that if she can guess his name in three days, he’ll let her keep her child. When she follows him into the woods and hears him singing his own name–Rumplestiltskin. The next day, when he returns for the child, she reveals his name, and Rumplestiltskin disappears in anger.
Serkis’ “Rumplestiltskin” adaptation follows his directorial debut, Warner Bros.’ “Jungle Book: Origins” — which he is also starring in — and his upcoming film version of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”
“Steelskin” hasn’t been given a release date.
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