The fairy tale revival in Hollywood continues, and perhaps not surprisingly it's now leading to flame wars over some of the most popular characters.
Vulture reports that Snow White, the fairest one of them all, is getting the folks at Universal Pictures and "the studio's linchpin financier," Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media, all in a tizzy over their competing takes on the classic character.
Relativity has offered the job of directing its version of Snow White, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to Tarsem Singh (The Cell). The outfit is currently co-financing three out of every four Universal films through 2011, though last year Kavanaugh picked up Melisa Wallack's Snow White script and announce his plan for Relativity to make their own 3D version of the fairy tale without the studio.
Last month, Universal acquired a screenplay called Snow White and the Huntsman. Alice in Wonderland producer Joe Roth and director Rupert Sanders are attached to that film, and a battle royale is now on to see who blinks first.
Oh, and by the way, Disney also has a version of the tale in the works called Snow White and the Seven which re-imagines the dwarves as Shaolin fighting monks.
Read a more detailed article about the Snow Whites and the studio stuff here at Relativity Offers The Brothers Grimm: Snow White to Cell Director Tarsem Singh by Claude Brodesser-Akner.
I knew there were three Snow Whites possibly developing, but I keep losing track. My mental list of fairy tales with possible movies in the next few years:
Tangled/Rapunzel (Disney and a definite)
Beauty and the Beast (Beastly in March and a definite)
Little Red Riding Hood (definite starring Amanda Seyfried)
Jack the Giant Killer
Hansel and Gretel
Puss in Boots (eventually from the makers of Shrek, maybe)
How about that folks?