Talks have gone back and forth for some time now, but according to Mike Fleming at Deadline, negotiations will be finalized today for Julia Roberts to play the Evil Queen in 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.'
Considering she's been all-but-signed for the role since December, this isn't particularly surprising news. What is of note about the deal, however, is that it proves Relativity Media's commitment to bringing a Snow White movie to the big screen in 2012, this despite Universal's plans to put out their own 'Snow White and the Huntsman' the same year and Disney's plans to release 'Snow and the Seven' in 2013. Yep, Hollywood is currently throwing piles of money at three very different Snow White stories. So what do we know about each project?
On the 'Brothers Grimm: Snow White' front we have Tarsem Singh ('The Fall,' 'The Cell') directing a screenplay from Melisa Wallack (writer of the 2007 Aaron Eckhart comedy, 'Meet Bill'). Julia Roberts' Evil Queen character is the only role cast thus far, though filming is planned to begin as early as March, so it shouldn't be too long before Snow herself is cast.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' is a little farther along casting wise, having signed Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen in the respective title characters, with Charlize Theron on deck to play the Evil Queen. Rupert Sanders will be making his directorial debut on the project from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty. Shooting is to begin some time this summer, however, which puts Universal's production in second place behind Relativity Media's entry.
Currently in third place production-wise is Disney's 'Snow and the Seven,' which is still in the scripting stage. Michael Arndt ('Toy Story 3') was just brought in by the studio to write a new draft of the screenplay, which is a radical transformation of the Snow White story that finds the forelorn lass in China in the 1800s with seven expert warriors taking the place of the dwarves. Francis Lawrence ('I Am Legend,' 'Constantine') will be directing, though who he'll be bossing around is completely up in the air. Natalie Portman had been attached to the project at one point in time, but The Hollywood Reporter's recent post about Arndt's hiring seems doubtful that is still the case.
So, which of these three 'Snow White' movies sounds the most interesting to you? We're actually having a tough time deciding on this end, as each film has something worth getting excited about. On 'Brothers Grimm' it's director Tarsem Singh's knack for creating mindblowing imagery; on 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' it's the cast; and for 'Snow and the Seven' it's the severe departure from the source material and 'Toy Story 3' screenwriter Michael Arndt. But what say you?