We first reported on this project back in June, that Relativity Media had acquired Melisa Wallack's script and, last month we reported that Natalie Portman was reportedly interested in the Snow White role, with Jean-Pierre Jeunet circling the project to direct. Now Relativity has offered the directorial gig to Tarsem Singh. Here's an excerpt from our earlier report where producer Brett Ratner described the project:
"This is not your grandfather's Snow White," Ratner said. "Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we're going to do."
There is also a rivalry brewing between this project and Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, another edgy version of the fairy tale which, as we reported a few weeks ago, will be directed by Rupert Sanders from an Evan Daughtery script. The site reports that both Universal and Relativity are both moving forward with their projects and are checking availabilities of such actresses as Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson and, of course, Natalie Portman.
Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media had set up a financing deal with Universal, where the company was co-financing three out of every four of Universal's movies, which makes it unusual that Universal would go ahead and pick up a competing project in Snow White and the Huntsman.
It wasn't said if Tarsem Singh will accept the offer to direct The Brothers Grimm: Snow White for Relativity, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details. In the meantime, you can CLICK HERE to read the site's comprehensive article on the history of these two projects.