Inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s ‘The Frog Prince’, The Princess & The Frog tells the tale of carefree, cocky and arrogant African Prince Naveen (Regé-Jean Page) crossing paths with Tiana (Aja Naomi King), a hardworking African-American waitress. He was born in Africa but schooled in America. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by the opportunistic and malicious Doctor Facilier (Wesley Snipes), and Tiana follows suit when she kiss frog.
With the help of lifelong friend Lottie (Clémence Poésy) and Mama Odie (Oprah Winfrey), they must break the spell to return to their human form and fulfill their dreams. Set during the 1950s amidst themes like civil rights struggles, Jim Crow laws, jazz bands and the American Dream, this version will be a lot darker than the Disney counterpart but not as dark as the original tale, thus being a love a story with a social commentary. With a project like this, I’d be aiming to create an aura similar to Netflix’s The Get Down, just with fewer musical numbers.
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriters: Paul Webb & Baz Luhrmann
Music: Alex Heffes
Cinematography: Peter Menzies Jr