Currently, there are three Snow White films in development. This new version is a “re-imagining” of the tale, and production has been delayed, perhaps because of the two other films coming out in the 2012, along with the television series “Once Upon a Time,” based on the Snow White story. Why has that particular story gone viral? The key element, a beautiful, seductive, evil woman who plots the death of her more beautiful, innocent, virtuous rival, does not resonate immediately with our cultural fears and anxieties. But I wonder if the rise of the “cougar” has anything to do with the resurrection of Snow White? And is it a stretch to consider the Casey Anthony story a grim, modern version of “Snow White”? Or more importantly, is our cultural obsession with Casey Anthony based to some extent on how she embodies childhood fears about maternal sexual envy turned murderous?
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