Well it looks like things are finally happening with the billion and a half fairy tale movies heading towards production. Filming officially begun for Tarsem Singh's untitled Snow White comedy-action adventure. It follows Julia Roberts as the evil queen (duh) and up-and-comer Lily Collins.
This is of course, big news for Universal's adaptation of the same story, Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. I guess the race is on to see who can make the best Snow White-themed project.
Check out the press release below if that's your sort of thing:
(Beverly Hills, CA) June 15, 2011 – Filming on Relativity Media’s comedy action-adventure Untitled Snow White will begin on Monday, June 20, 2011, under the stylish direction of Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell).
In Relativity's Untitled Snow White starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (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 film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
Rounding out the cast are: Mare Winningham (Brothers) as Baker Margaret, Michael Lerner (Elf) as Baron and Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Pirates of The Caribbean) and Joey Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers) as the Seven Dwarfs.
Singh’s behind the scenes creative team includes: Director of Photography Brendan Galvin (Behind Enemy Lines), Production Designer Tom Foden (The Cell) and the Oscar®-winning Costume Designer Eiko Ishioka (Dracula). Untitled Snow White will film entirely on location in Montreal, Canada.
The film's producers are Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Bernie Goldmann (300) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). The script was written by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher).
December 14, 2010 5:31am EST
According to Deadline, Charlize Theron is "hot and heavy" in negotiations to play the Evil Queen in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman. At the same time, Relativity’s rival project, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White is wooing Julia Roberts as its Evil Queen. The Heat Vision blog, meanwhile, reports that four relative unknowns are in the running to play Snow White in Universal's take on the tale.
Per Deadline, Michael Fassbender is the frontrunner to play the woodsman in the Universal version for which Theron is being courted at the same time that she's reading the script for Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic, J. Edgar.
That "Snow White" is from an Evan Daughtery spec script to be directed by Rupert Sanders.
According to Heat Vision, the studio initially thought of going with a name actresses like Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning or Saoirse Ronan. Now, it is said to be leaning towards a relative unknown and is screen testing in the next few days.
On the shortlist are Riley Keough (daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley) who made her film debut in The Runaways; Felicity Jones who plays Miranda in Julie Taymor's The Tempest; Bella Heathcoat, whose major credit is the Australian soap Neighbours and Alicia Vikander, a Swedish TV actress.
Sources caution HV that depending on the tests, the studio can still change its mind and head back to a bigger name.
The Relativity version will be directed by Tarsem Singh from a script by Melisa Wallack.
Both pictures are on the "fastest possible track," says Deadline.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap
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