Those unfamiliar with Tarsem Singh - or, as the movie blogosphere calls him nowadays, the honey badger of directors - will be getting a crash course over the next ten months. His 300-esque ancient world epic, Immortals, hits theaters this November, followed by the filmmaker's take on Snow White next March.
Relativity Media recently bumped up the release date for Singh's fairy tale pic, in response to Universal's decision to settle on a June 2012 date for its Snow White and the Huntsman - which would've seen the latter hit theaters four weeks exactly before Singh's film was due to arrive.
Here is how the studio is promoting Singh's new movie:
In Relativity's 'Snow White', a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale, an evil queen (Julia Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Lily Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over.
The roles of those "seven resourceful rebels" have been filled with a collection of familiar faces from a wide range of Hollywood productions. Their ranks include: Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Joey Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers), Martin Klebba (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), and Danny Woodburn (Watchmen).
Also set to appear in Singh's Snow White pic are the likes of Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew "Charming" Alcott, Nathan Lane as the evil queen's servant (and comic relief), Marc Winningham (Brothers) as a baker, and Michael Lerner (Elf) as "Baron".
Universal's Huntsman looks like it's going to be heavier on the romance than Singh's Snow White retelling; the former has cast three 20-something stars (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin), seemingly with the intention of incorporating a love triangle that was not in the cards back when Viggo Mortensen was thought to be a lock for the Huntsman role. [Insert obligatory complaint about Universal attempt to pander to the Twilight tween crowd with its Snow White project here.]
On a different note: Singh's movie is now scheduled to arrive a week before The Hunger Games, which is also a dark adventure tale that revolves around a young woman who must come into her own as she learns to navigate and survive in a dangerous world. Obviously the films' respective settings (a fairy tale kingdom vs. the post-apocalyptic U.S.A.) are in stark contrast to one another, but it will be interesting to see how the two pics resemble one another - at least, with regards to how they rework the traditional princess archetype into a more contemporary rendition.
Tarsem Singh's Snow White movie will reach theaters first, on March 16th, 2012.
Source: Relativity Media