Hey folks, Harry here... tis Saturday afternoon here - and I'm eager to get some writing done. First for today - let's talk about SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN. When the two SNOW WHITE films were announced as being made - I seriously couldn't fathom it. I can, from the stand point of those awesome images that I think Vanity Fair did - where they took classic Disney animated films - and did A-star casting and beautiful make-up, costumes and scenery... the second I saw those photos, I realized... Disney has to do this. They have got to transform their classic fairy tales into live action epics.
That it was RELATIVITY and UNIVERSAL coming out of the gate with these renditions of DISNEY's first animated Princess... I was a little surprised. Disney is all about reinventing their mythologies - like they're doing with MALEFICENT - but frankly - if they just made a great SLEEPING BEAUTY - I think they'd be shocked how beloved the film would be.
Anyway - when Relativity and Universal announced their projects - I instantly sort of favored the Relativity project - mainly because Tarsem's last two films have been exceptional - and his sense of design and style seemed to favor the Fairy Tale realm. Whereas the UNIVERSAL project was helmed by a first time feature film director named Rupert Sands. Quickly, any curious soul can discover the total of Rupert Sands' work as a young director: HERE - at Rupert Sanders' website - where you can see his amazing GUINNESS Lava ad or his work on HALO commercials or NIKE or ABSOLUT or ADIDAS. Check out his short film BLACK HOLE - warning it does have bizarre nudity in it... but also some Lon Chaney Jr! Anyway - I checked out the whole of his available to watch career - and I was interested.
Once the casting on the two projects came in, I shifted from being pro-Tarsem SNOW WHITE (aka MIRROR MIRROR) and started putting my flag down on Sands' SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN. Mainly because I'm an instant big fan of Chris Hemsworth, I love Charlize Theron - & Kristen Stewart... I think she can be directed to not only not suck, but be pretty great... like in ADVENTURELAND. When the trailers hit - I think everybody jumped onto this project's side - if only because it doesn't look like the biggest fucking trainwreck of the year, like MIRROR MIRROR does.
So here's the minute long look - and looks like Rupert Sands is making a fairy tale epic that takes names and kicks ass. I'm fascinated by the world he's creating for this - and can't wait to see what the film plays like. Here ya go: