Now that Hollywood has exhausted every possible gritty reimagining of all our comic book heroes, they've turned to the world of childhood fairy tales for "new" material. And we'd almost forgive them for it if it wasn't for the fact that every studio is hitting the exact same beats with every retelling.
4 They're All "Dark Reimaginings" of the Original Story
Most fairy tales started out as horror stories intended to terrify children into good behavior, so there's something kind of poetic about Disney and company exploring the darker sides of the stories that they once, well, Disneyfied. That being said, what's the fun in making fairy tales too dark for the people they were originally intended for -- kids?
"Alice's Insane Asylum play set comes with everything seen here. Shock treatment kit sold separately."
The upcoming Maleficent, for example, tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the curly horned villainess' point of view. The TV show Once Upon a Time gave Alice in Wonderland her own spinoff, but set the story in an insane asylum where Alice is threatened with a lobotomy after having her adventures.