Tarsem Singh’s Untitled Snow White movie currently has the advantage over Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s already filming and will be released in March 2012, where as Huntsman is still in pre-production and (after a release date war) won’t be released until June.
In a recent interview Singh spoke about why he cast Julia Roberts as his Evil Queen, and increased the rivalry even further by declaring “there really, truly is only room for the first one of these” (which happens to be his).
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you think Julia Roberts would make a good bad-guy?
TARSEM SINGH: She’s the obvious choice of being goody-two-shoes, and I didn’t want an Evil Queen in the sense that already existed. In earlier versions, always it was mothers — mothers of the child. And then the Brothers Grimm came along, and said we’ve got to make it more family friendly and turn the mother into a stepmother, which I find really bizarre because most stepmothers are pretty great. I said, “It can’t be an evil, quintessential queen. I’m looking for a likable evil queen.” I couldn’t think of anybody who is more of a likable evil queen than her.
Are you confident there will be appetite for both?
TARSEM SINGH: Fortunately or unfortunately, there really, truly is only room for the first one of these. Two Snow White movies do not exist in this market. So for me, if you’re not first with this one, you’re not in the game. I made that very clear from the beginning to Relativity.
You can read the full interview here.
Tarsem Singh’s movie begins with the evil stepmother (Julia Roberts) killing Snow White’s father and destroying the kingdom. Snow White (Lily Collins) then bands together with a gang of seven quarrelsome dwarves to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Armie Hammer will also appear as Prince Andrew Alcott.
Singh’s Greek epic Immortals starring future Superman Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke will be released November 11th, 2011.
Do you think Singh is right when he says there is only room for one, or can both be successful?