Martial-arts Snow White adaptation moves forward

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Screenwriter Scott Moore told reporters that he and writing partner Jon Lucas wrote a draft of a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs update called Snow and the Seven.

"It's a retelling of Snow White in British colonial China with seven Shaolin monks," Moore said in a group interview in Las Vegas on Sunday while promoting The Hangover.

Since the Moore/Lucas draft, new writers have been hired to tailor the script to potential star Natalie Portman.

"I guess they're flirting with Natalie Portman and have been meeting with her," Moore said. "They're now doing a draft for her character with a writer who's really good with character stuff. That's my understanding of it."

At least their draft was enough to attach a high-profile director, Moore said. "That was a really fun script, and we turned in a script that got Francis Lawrence [I Am Legend] attached and excited about it," he said. "That is out of our hands at the moment. We had a really good experience on that." Snow and the Seven is eyeing a 2010 release.