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What if, say, Tarantino adapted 'Little Red Riding Hood'?

Spike Jonze's brain-twisting Being John Malkovich and Adaptation made him an unlikely choice to direct this weekend's Where the Wild Things Are, based on Maurice Sendak's children's book.

Tim Burton is remaking Alice in Wonderland in his bizarre, dark image for 2010.

And eccentric director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) is releasing a stop-motion animated version of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox next month.

Would you trust these movie mavericks with your childhood memories?

Hollywood does.

"These directors understand children in a different way,'' producer Gary Goetzman recently told Entertainment Weekly. ''They're not afraid to go crazy out of their minds with joy and laughter, and they're not afraid to go deep because they know kids have both those extremes.''

But how extreme is Hollywood willing to go? Maybe all the way back to bedtime stories that, in the hands of edgy directors, can indeed become grim fairy tales.

Here are five such fantasies for film buffs:

Martin Scorsese's 'The Three Bears'

Papa Bear (Robert De Niro) wants out of the honey-smuggling business, but Mama Bear (Sharon Stone) is too accustomed to living the high life. The intrusion of sultry Goldilocks (Angelina Jolie goes blond) into the Bear household sets off a violent chain of events. Joe Pesci co-stars as Baby Bear.

Michael Bay's 'The Little Engine That Could'

The Transformers director gives a CGI makeover to a classic, turning an overachieving train into a dominating force for universal good. "I think I can, I think I can, I know I can decimate a city block with one toot of my whistle."

Spike Lee's 'Tales of Uncle Remus'

The beloved stories of sharing and caring among friends are relocated to Brooklyn, where stoop-sitting Uncle Remus (Morgan Freeman) teaches neighbors to do the right things. The soundtrack includes a slamming cover of Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah by Public Enemy featuring Rihanna.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Cinderella'

Megan Fox stars as the formerly submissive waif in Bigelow's sequel to The Hurt Locker, disarming bombs and boys on the battlefield.

Quentin Tarantino's 'Little Red Riding Hood'

"Red" is the key word, as Uma Thurman cuts a samurai sword swath through anyone messing with her grandmother. Harvey Keitel reprises his Pulp Fiction role as "The Wolf," and Shirley MacLaine gets a late-career, Q.T. bump as Granny, the role she was reincarnated to play.

What if, say, Tarantino adapted 'Little Red Riding Hood'? 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:08pm]

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