Relativity is moving forward quickly with the film formerly called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. The title has been ditched (it’s just Untitled Snow White Film for now) but Tarsem is still directing Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as the Prince and Julia Roberts as the Queen. Nathan Lane will be “the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton.” And Robert Emms will be the prince’s valet.
Now the seven dwarfs are all cast, as are a couple other small roles. That is after the break. Read More »
This is the sort of story that you’ll probably find interesting only if you consider the backstage maneuvering of producers and studios to be fascinating stuff. We’ve been watching with some distant interest as Universal and Relativity Media both prep Snow White films with release dates that were originally six months apart. (“Does anyone actually want either of these movies?” is a question that doesn’t seem to be factoring in so far.) Universal had Snow White and the Huntsman set for a December 2012 release, while Relativity has been planning The Brothers Grimm: Snow White for release on June 29 2012.
But now Universal, which just locked the last topline cast member for Huntsman when Chris Hemsworth signed on last week, has now moved Snow White and the Huntsman up six months to June 1, 2012 — just under a month before Relativity’s movie. Read More »
The official release of the trailer for Tarsem‘s Immortals is now out. Now you can see just what Tarsem meant when he said he was going for a sort of “Caravaggio meets Fight Club” approach — really, it looks more or less like established Tarsem style as seen in The Cell and The Fall, filtered through 300. There is some real beauty in this trailer, but as has been the case with the director’s movies in the past, it’s probably too early to make a call about whether the movie will be more than a great slideshow or not. Read More »
There are five new character posters for Tarsem‘s Immortals, which tells a very Clash of the Titans-style story. These images dramatically play up the sort of imagery that became the accepted mainstream way of envisioning burly ancient warriors thanks to 300, but if you look at the actual stills for the film you’ll see the style is a lot more restrained. Tarsem’s strength has always been his visual sense — even when he was egregiously borrowing from other artists, so I’m hoping these posters are merely a ploy to capture the attention of an audience the studio thinks is attuned to 300. Read More »
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Minor news on the Snow White battle front today. We’ve talked twice about Julia Roberts possibly joining the cast of Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. First time was when she was rumored, then when it looked like she would take the plunge. Now we’ve got confirmation that Tarsem’s evil queen will be Julia Roberts.
No word on further casting for the film at this point, but with one of the most famous actresses in the world as the evil queen, one imagines the rest of the cast won’t take long to fall into place. This also puts the Snow White battle into a more pitched mode — neither Relativity or Universal (which has Snow White and the Huntsman set to shoot) seem willing to back down. Are we really going to end up with two big Snow White revamps? [Deadline]
After the break, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters also gets a female villain. Read More »
It’s obviously time for another Snow White development report card. Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman is getting closer to ‘go time,’ and we just reported that Kristen Stewart has been offered the role of Snow White and is in talks. And Disney’s Snow and the Seven now boasts Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt to do the latest of several rewrites on the retelling of the classic story set in 19th century China.
Now there is also a report that, in confirmation of a rumor from six weeks back, Julia Roberts is Tarsem‘s choice for his rival Snow White film, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Read More »
There are three outfits running in the race to make a new film version of Snow White. One is Disney, which has Snow White and the Seven in development. Number two is Universal, which is a few steps ahead with Snow White and the Huntsman, which has a script (by Evan Daugherty) and a director (Rupert Sanders) and possible stars in Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp.
But the third player, Relativity, isn’t giving up yet. After offering him the project not long ago, the company has just hired Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall, the forthcoming The Immortals) to direct The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Read More »
There has been talk in the last couple months that War of the Gods, the new film from Tarsem Singh, might be retitled. Dawn of War seemed to be an option at one point. Now the film has been given a new title — Immortals — and has gained a few new cast members as the shoot begins in Montreal. Read More »
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I hated The Cell, but Tarsem’s visual feast The Fall finally convinced me of his genius. He may not be a master storyteller, but the man is a visual powerhouse. Empire recently caught up with him and was able to coax some plot details and prospective talent on his next project, War of the Gods:
“It’s turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club,” he said. “It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool. This guy who I really love, who’s the only one person in it right now, is the brother in The Tudors, Henry Cavill. I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it.”
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