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Hardwicke Talks Red Riding Hood, Trailer Attached to Deathly Hallows

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 17, 2010 at 5:28AM

We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

We spoke to director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) at the Black Swan AFI Fest after party, where she admitted that she's been sequestered in the editing room with her $42-million Gothic twist on Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried as a "naughty" not so little woman with a red cape in medieval times who tangles with a werewolf, which Warners will open next March. Edward Cullen runner-up Shiloh Fernandez plays her love-interest, Gary Oldman is a priest, and Julie Christie is her grandmother.

The trailer hits theaters this week, attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The trailer and poster are below; here's the HD Apple version. And here's the LAT's interview with the director, who reveals that the trailer music is by Swedish band Fever Ray:

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This Red Riding Hood, really, like the original Red Riding Hood is a bit naughty. Good girls don’t talk to werewolves. She’s kind of wild, she’s coming into her own. Back in medieval times, Victorian repression hadn’t come in yet. People were bawdy and wild and more in touch with their true natures. If you look at the Bosch paintings or Bruegel, you see when people are dancing they’re totally cutting loose. I have a scene that feels like Burning Man, which of course was itself inspired by medieval scenes of burning effigies. In the film, the town feels like they’ve conquered the wolf. They feel justified in celebrating. They build this giant wolf effigy, a huge bonfire, everyone’s dancing like crazy and partying and going wild, so I used the Bosch painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights” as my inspiration for that. We built all the instruments in the Bosch painting, a hurdy gurdy, standing horn pipes, the same blue drums. We commissioned this band from Sweden called Fever Ray. She’s always performing in radical costumes, she’s like the Lady Gaga of Sweden. In our movie she’s wearing a harvest mask with a corn husk face and she’s singing and everybody’s dancing and singing. Of course it all goes to hell soon enough but it’s fun for a while...Karin [Dreijer Andersson], the leader of the band, collaborated with our composer Brian Reitzell to create this song that you see musicians performing live in the movie with the Bosch instruments. I loved it cause it was haunting. I felt like it was ancient, but edgy and modern.



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.