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Title Revealed for Tarsem’s “Sickeningly Kiddie” ‘Snow White’

Written by on November 4, 2011 

We’re hearing from Deadline that Relativity has finally settled on a title for their upcoming, Tarsem-directed take on Snow White: Mirror, Mirror. If your reaction matches my own, you’ll initially feel confused by this choice in moniker. Not the actual term “Mirror, Mirror,” but simply that they would elect to call it something that doesn’t have “Snow White” right in the center that a nice logo can display. Thinking about it, however, it kind of makes sense. Disney and Universal both have their own interpretations of the tale in some state of production, and the latter studio’s effort hits less than three months after Tarsem‘s film. If it wants to survive against a bigger company’s more epic-like version, they’ll need to differentiate themselves. Therefore, I take it as a smart business decision.

Creatively, Tarsem is also making some things clear about a project we don’t have too much concrete information on. When speaking to Moviefone, he established that his movie is very much “for children.” There was “absolutely no interest” on his part to make it dark and gritty, and as he explained, “It’s a children’s movie, but my stuff tends to be polarizing. When it’s for children, it’s like, sickeningly kiddie, and when it’s the other way, it’s sickeningly graphic for people. Both are OK for me. It’s comme ci comme ça that I’m terrified of.” His best quote is a jab at Snow White and the Huntsman and its edgy approach: “It’s a fairy tale for children and the family. Just embrace it. If you want to push the envelope and make Snow White edgy, I think edgy for whom? Edgy for Disney or edgy for Gasper Noé?”

I’m not completely enamored with Tarsem‘s films (what I’ve seen, that is) or style, but that should be ignored when looking at these quotes — they’re flipping fantastic. It would be nice if his next two movies carry some of that bravado and sense of independence to them.

Starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, and Nathan Lane, Mirror, Mirror opens on March 16th, 2012. Anyone who wants a shot of Tarsem sooner can see Immortals on November 11th.

Does this title do anything for you? How do you take Tarsem’s comments about what direction he’s going in?

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