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.
Deadline first reported on Singh’s new project and the Kopelsons are happy to have him. Arnold Kopelson is currently in talks with a studio (but won’t reveal which) and is starting to cast for the film. He expects production to begin in New Orleans in June. Here’s what Kopelson had to say about Singh:
“I am thrilled that Tarsem will direct Carnival Row, which we’ve been developing over the past six years. His extraordinary visual sense and use of light and color can be compared to that of the great 16th Century Italian painter Michelangelo Caravaggio.”
While his visual styling is undeniably unique, the man is making movies, not paintings. I found Immortals to be a chore to get through and the trailer for Mirror, Mirror, in my humble opinion, is nigh unwatchable. If you’d like to hear the director discuss those projects in his own words, check out Steve’s interview with Singh here.