Tarsem Singh Offered to Helm The Brothers Grimm: Snow White
The battle of competing projects with a fresh take on the classic fairytale of Snow White is heating up. While we haven't had any developments on Francis Lawrence's Snow White and the Seven, and Universal's Snow White and the Hunstman has only just recently started development, it looks like Relativity Media has taken the lead in the race. Vulture reports the financier turned pseudo-studio has offered their fairytale iteration, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to director Tarsem Singh (of The Cell, The Fall) for his next gig. However, Universal isn't too pleased with Relativity's move for a number of reasons. Find out why below!
Relativity Media has a multi-year deal to co-finance three out of every four releases from Universal through 2011. But this new development by Ryan Kavanaugh's company is a gesture not unlike that of a competing studio. However, Kavanaugh preemptively acquired this spec screenplay from writer Melisa Wallack last June with announced intent to produce and greenlight its own 3D take on the classic story. So really it's Universal wearing the douchebag hat in this scenario. Interestingly there's no mention of Brett Ratner's involvement, so I'm wondering what his position is on this debacle (and why isn't he wearing his typical douchebag hat anymore?).
The battle is just taking off and while others seems to think either Relativity or Universal will back down, Kavanaugh is sick of just being the money man, and Universal is desperate for a hit. But the word on the street says Relativity's script is better, and with an offer out to Singh, a phenomenally stylistic director, they seem to have the edge at the moment. For now both parties are looking at every possible actress to take the titular role including Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johannson and Natalie Portman. Surely Disney is loving sitting on the sidelines, but I'm not sure they'll ever get off the bench since the project hasn't made any progress since it was announced three years ago. Which Snow White adaptation would you like to see?