Director Tarsem Singh has lined up another project. The visually-inclined Immortals and Mirror, Mirror helmer has signed on to direct the action-thriller The Panopticon for Good Universe, per The Wrap. Written by Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset), the story centers on “a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.”
Singh is also in line to direct another thriller with sci-fi elements, the FilmDistrict pic Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds. It’s unknown which film will go forward first, but these are definitely two promising choices for Singh, who is known for bringing a strong visual palette to the screen.
Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem (Mirror Mirror) are in talks with Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict to make Selfless. The script by Alex and David Pastor made the 2011 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. Here’s the logline:
An extremely wealthy, elderly man dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man but everything may not be as good as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origins and the secret organization that will kill to keep its secrets.
It is certainly a rich premise, one that could lead to a classic mind-bender or quickly go off the rails. That is doubly true if Reynolds and Tarsem sign on—both have shown flashes of greatness over an uneven filmography. I know I would like to see them try, so here’s hoping the talks pan out. According to Deadline, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel, and Ram Bergman will produce (they previously teamed on Looper).
With 2012’s Battle of Snow White more or less over, the time has come to argue about who won (he says without a trace of irony). Opinions vary – and no one over at the Walt Disney Company has lost any sleep – but I’m backing the one that didn’t have Kristen Stewart mumbling her way through a half-assed version of the Crispian’s Day Speech. Mirror, Mirror benefits from a riotous sense of fun – something Snow White and the Huntsman utterly disregarded – and from playing with our expectations instead of simply ignoring them. Hit the jump for my full review of Mirror, Mirror on Blu-ray.
Mirror Mirror is a fresh and funny retelling of one of the most beloved stories of all time, brought to life in the visually exciting way that only director Tarsem Singh can. After a beloved King (Sean Bean) vanishes, his ruthless wife, the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts), seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White (Lily Collins), hidden away in the palace. But, when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince (Armie Hammer), the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest, where she is taken in by a band of rebellious but kind-hearted dwarfs who inspire her to become a brave young woman determined to save her country.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) talked about what attracted him to this project, why he wanted to make it into a family film, the changes he wanted to make to the script, his feelings about actors ad-libbing on set, what made Lily Collins the perfect Snow White, the biggest challenge for him when it came to editing, and how he has no idea what special features might be on the DVD, but that he really only has maybe one deleted scene. He also talked about his desire to Eye in the Sky, a non-visual story about a drone attack, for his next film, that he hopes to still be able to make The Killing on Carnival Row after that, and why he loves getting to create and construct alternate realities for a living. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Tarsem Singh directed Immortals, which is readily apparent from the first few seconds. There are few directors working today with such a distinct visual style, and that can be commended – to some extent. What he doesn’t have is a good grasp on how to build a narrative, and so his films play better as an instillation pieces. His movies are filled with pretty images, but they don’t really build a greater narrative. With Immortals he’s got the story of the Greek gods, with humans Theseus (Henry Cavill) facing up against Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), while the gods (Luke Evans, Isabella Lucas, Kellan Lutz) watch and decide if they risk helping mortals. Our review of the Blu-ray of Immortals follows after the jump.
We first heard about Eye in the Sky in September, when FilmNation acquired the script by Guy Hibbert and hired Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) to direct. Flash forward a few months, and director Tarsem Singh is describing what he would do with the movie if he convinces the studio to choose him instead. Tarsem estimates that the following story requires 62 parts:
“It’s about a drone attack, and what it means to the people playing with their thumbs in Nevada, what it means to the people saying, ‘Go ahead and strike,’ what it means to other politicians at war in Europe, and what it means to the people on the ground where it happens [in East Africa]. There are people who become collateral damage around the globe in a lot of ways. It’s a really contemporary, emotional piece.”
Hit the jump for more from Tarsem.
Seeing as it’s already February and that little furry rodent has predicted six more weeks of winter, we thought we’d take a look ahead to some March movie releases. Coincidentally, three big March movies have recently released new posters. First up is Disney’s March 9th release, John Carter, starring Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War vet transplanted onto Mars, in an Andrew Stanton-directed picture. Next is the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed 21 Jump Street, a March 16th release starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two screw-up cops who infiltrate a local high school drug ring. Finally, we have a new poster from the Tarsem Singh project, Mirror Mirror, a Snow White adaptation featuring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts which opens March 30th. Hit the jump to see the new posters.
After we reported that Relativity Media was pushing its Snow White project Mirror Mirror back until March 30th, the studio decided to release a new international trailer. While it’s still nowhere near as mature or action-filled as the Universal counterpart Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, it’s heads above the horrendous first trailer. This is more along the lines of what I was expecting from director Tarsem Singh as I can at least pick up on his presence here.
Mirror Mirror stars Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.
Relativity Media’s take on the Snow White story, Mirror Mirror, is undergoing a slight schedule change. The studio has pushed the release of the Tarsem Singh-directed film back from March 16th to March 30th. The film will now open the same weekend as Wrath of the Titans and The Pirates! Band of Misfits. More interesting, though, is the fact that this move now positions the film after the release of Lionsgate’s highly anticipated The Hunger Games. The studio is hoping Games becomes the next big franchise in the vein of Harry Potter, as the book series comes with millions of devoted fans.
Mirror Mirror is one of two Snow White movies coming out this year (the other is Snow White and the Huntsman), and Singh’s light and fluffy take on the fairy tale looks genuinely terrible. It appears to be more farce than anything, and I highly doubt young teenagers will choose Mirror Mirror over a second go-around with The Hunger Games come opening weekend.
It’s officially 2012, which means we’re that much closer to the first of two Snow White films set for release this year. First out of the gate will be director Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror (followed by Snow White and the Huntsman this summer). A gallery of new official set photos from the film has been released, giving us a look into Singh’s artistic process of bringing Snow White to life. The trailer for Mirror Mirror (described as a “comedic adventure) wasn’t exactly promising, but the visuals on display in these photos are pretty stunning. Disney regular Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) is working on the score for the film, so it’s safe to say that we’re in for a pretty fluffy version of the Snow White fairy tale.
Hit the jump to check out the photos. The film stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean. Mirror Mirror opens March 16th, 2012.
As I write today, in the back of mind rests more than a handful of permutations for my Black Friday plan of attack. Do I really need a new 42 inch HDTV? How about various seasons of television on DVD/Blu-ray for rock bottom prices? What about one of those sweet Dyson vacuum cleaners with the roller ball? The answer to all of the above is most likely a resounding “no”, but need isn’t what Black Friday is all about. Not even close. Black Friday is all about getting something/anything on the cheap if for no other reason than because if you don’t, then the person behind you in line will. Oh, America. How I love thee.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you’ll find our set visit coverage for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, our review and interviews for a little movie you may have heard about called The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the first trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s Snow White-tale Mirror Mirror, a new trailer for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games adaptation, and Steve’s coverage from his visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
With his Greek-inspired epic Immortals currently in theaters and his take on Snow White, Mirror, Mirror, slated to release in March, director Tarsem Singh is setting his sights on the future. Singh is now reportedly attached to direct Killing on Carnival Row, a spec script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) that was originally set up six years ago. The noir fantasy-thriller revolves around a serial killer loose in Burgue, a future city that resembles 18th century London and is inhabited by both humans and other creatures.
Producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson previously had the project set up at New Line and were close to production with directors Guillermo del Toro, whose Pacific Rim was also written by Beacham, and Neil Jordan (The Brave One). Hit the jump to hear what they had to say about Singh and Killing on Carnival Row.
Fresh off the first trailer for the battle-heavy Snow White and the Huntsman, Relativity has released the first look at their take on Snow White, Mirror Mirror. Directed by Tarsem Singh, the fantasy film is described as a “comedic adventure”and centers on Snow White (Lily Collins) setting out to reclaim her birthright from the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Mirror Mirror couldn’t be more different from Huntsman. It’s light, fluffy, and goofy. It’s also pretty close to terrible. The film almost comes off as a farce, it’s just so incredibly goofy. It’s as if Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison decided to make a Snow White movie. With Tarsem at the helm, we’re sure to be in for a visual treat, but I fear the tone may painfully overshadow the extravagant visuals.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer for yourself. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean.
I’m going to bypass my usual opening paragraph musings this week and simply wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day weekend. Given that I don’t have any immediate family or friends who serve, I won’t claim to know the first thing about the sacrifices that each serviceman/woman and their respective families and friends are continually asked to make. I reap all of the benefits of their service without any of the concessions. As a result, I owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of them.
In this week’s “Top 5″ installment you can find the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, a cornucopia of interviews for Immortals and Cars 2, new set images from the set of The Expendables 2 featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and a look at the road that led Billy Crystal and Brian Grazer to the top of the 2012 Oscars. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each.
“The director is God.” It’s a saying that has been applied to directors of both stage and screen. Directors (theoretically) control every aspect of a production and they marshal armies of various departments to bring forth a vision. Director Tarsem Singh took the saying as the subtext for his new movie, Immortals. Singh has always been an indulgent visual stylist, but with Immortals, he has bent a script to create a shining tribute to his own genius. On the page, the movie is a standard “Hero from humble beginnings”, but in the hands of Singh, it becomes lush, outlandish, baffling, and above all, vainglorious.