There are currently three major adaptations of the classic Snow White fairytale in the works: The first is Snow White and the Huntsman from Universal, which has Johnny Depp attached to star; the second is Disney's Snow White and the Seven which features the dwarves as Shaolin monks (seriously); and the third is The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
It was reported last month that commercial director turned feature film director, Tarsem Singh, was offered the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he has now been confirmed as director.
Following his take on the gods of ancient Greece in Immortals, Singh will re-team with Relativity Media for the Snow White project which will reportedly take things in a different, darker direction than the 1937 Disney animated version (although that movie is sometimes quite dark in itself!). Melissa Wallack's script deals with the following:
"[It] begins with the evil stepmother [who] kills Snow White’s father and [destroys] the kingdom. Our heroine then bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarves to reclaim what is rightly hers."
Singh (or "Tarsem" as he's more commonly referred to as) started out as a commercial director, one of his most famous being the "We Will Rock You" Pepsi commercial featuring Britney Spears, Beyonce Knowles and Pink. He made his directorial debut back in 2000 with The Cell starring Jennifer Lopez and went on to make the visually jaw-dropping The Fall before directing the forthcoming Immortals.
It's interesting that Relativity didn't go with an obvious big name director to helm its version of Snow White, in order to steal as much of the spotlight as possible away from Universal and Disney. However, I applaud them for choosing someone who has a striking visual style - one that should help to separate this Brothers Grimm version of Snow White from the other two.
Relativity may not be going the household name route with the director, but they're sticking to the list of usual suspects when it comes to the actress who will play Snow White. Although no one is in negotiations for the role yet, names like Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman have all been thrown around. Having any one of those three would certainly help get the attention of mainstream audiences.
While we wait to hear who will play Snow White, the question remains whether audiences will be interested in three different versions of the Snow White fairytale on the big screen, all released around the same time. Unless the films come years and years apart from one another (which I highly doubt) then it'll all come down to which studio can get its Snow White out first.
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White is eyeing a March 2011 shooting start so we could be looking at that film hitting theaters first (maybe in 2011?), since Universal's version isn't set to hit until December 21st, 2012, and Disney's doesn't even have a date set yet.
Which of the three versions are you most interested in seeing?
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