But this is no Disney fairy tale. It's not even the bloody stuff you find in Grimm's. The Playlist has the scoop on this "haunting erotic fairy tale" which centers on a student who falls into the world of prostitution. She finds herself catering to a specialized group of clients in a "Sleeping Beauty chamber" where she sleeps, drugged, unable to resist or remember what men do to her there. Where the eroticism or fairy tale factors in is a mystery. But considering Leigh's script was on the 2008 Black List, there has to be a lot more than exploitation to it. I hope.
Sleeping Beauty will undoubtedly be controversial, though. Even if it's a searing examination of women as objects and the nature of unconscious desire, you'll see headlines shrieking that it objectifies women. That's assuming it doesn't disappear into obscurity, of course. But with Browning attached, it may have the buzz it needs to stay afloat, and benefit from a little controversy. Filming is slated to begin next month in Australia.