No matter where you turn this week, you’ll run into news about an upcoming Snow White project. Disney’s recruited an Oscar-winner to pen Snow and the Seven; Universal has their eye on Twilight‘s leading lady to play the princess; and now Relativity Media has formerly begun talks with Julia Roberts to sign on for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
Roberts has been rumored to play the Evil Queen in director Tarsem’s Snow White for a few months, but now the Oscar-winner and (former) rom-com queen has formally entered negotiations – also, not so shockingly, the movie will be released in 3D.
[Update: EW is reporting that Julia Roberts has signed on for the Evil Queen role.]
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White aims to be a (relatively) loyal retelling of the fairy tale when compared to Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which looks to feature Charlize Theron as the villainous, beauty-obsessed matriarch, and much more so than Disney’s kung fu adventure Snow and the Seven. Progress on all three films is being made and Vulture has indicated that Universal hopes to have its princess flick be the first on the scene, even though it was originally scheduled to arrive in December of 2012.
Tarsem will blend his surreal style of Mise-en-scène with Melisa Wallack’s more action-oriented Snow White script, which immediately places the titular gal in peril by having the wicked stepmom kill her loving father, wreak havoc on the kingdom, and force Snow White to seek refuge in the wood with a band of seven dwarfs. Considering his previous work, it’s impossible to not be intrigued about what nightmarish visuals the Immortals director will come up with in a story made famous by the guys who literally coined the term grim.
There’s no word yet about who might be playing Snow White herself, though previously-rumored candidates Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman are now out of the running for reasons related to The Dark Knight Rises and parenthood. Scarlett Johansson was another big name being tossed around as a possibility to die her blond locks ebony for the role, but as was noted in this week’s Uncharted update, she’s been connected to just about every upcoming tentpole pic that features a significant female lead role.
Will Relativity Media be less inclined to push for an A-lister to portray Snow White if Roberts signs on as the Evil Queen? Or might they still want a popular younger actress for the part, since the financial returns for Robert’s last starring vehicle, Eat, Pray, Love, indicated that she’s not quite the can’t-miss box office titan that she used to be? Expect to find out for certain sooner rather than later.
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White could begin shooting this spring and possibly reach both 2D and 3D screens by the end of 2011, so stay tuned for more information.