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Piling on Snow White, 360's Four-Poster Casting, BBC Lines Up Mendes, Campion, Hare

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 30, 2010 at 7:21AM

- Universal is finalizing a deal to land the latest public-domain brand-name fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, written by Evan Daugherty and to be directed by commercials-turned-feature director Rupert Sanders.
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- Universal is finalizing a deal to land the latest public-domain brand-name fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman, written by Evan Daugherty and to be directed by commercials-turned-feature director Rupert Sanders.

Two rival Snow White projects are reportedly trying to attach Natalie Portman: Snow and the Seven and Relativity Media's 3-D The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which has been described as the "whorey" Snow White. The Disney fairy tale we really want to see real doesn't arrive until 2013: Disney's live-action Maleficent, written by Tim Burton collaborator Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland); Disney hopes to lure Burton as well as Angelina Jolie as Snow White Sleeping Beauty's wicked nemesis.

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- Fernando Mereilles' 360 cast already boasts the brains-beauty-talent of Rachel Weisz in the latest update of Arthur Schnitzler's lovers' merry-go-round, La Ronde. Now Anthony Hopkins, Francis McDormand and Eminem, reports Production Weekly, are in talks to jump into the big sex-filled bed. Hopkins' involvement appears official, while the other two are just beginning to unbutton their trousers. We can't wait to see who ends up with whom.

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- Sir Ian McKellan can rest easy now that Variety has announced that the BBC, at least, is staying highbrow. The BBC has lined up some uber-talented directors and writers - Sam Mendes, Jane Campion and David Hare among them - "as part of a drive upscale in its domestic drama output." Mendes will be directing an "epic film version" of Henry V (BBC also has Richard II and Henry IV Parts I and II planned - all to screen on BBC2 in 2012). Campion and Hare are both working on original content, including Top of the Lake, about a pregnant teen who goes missing, which Campion co-wrote and will direct in her native New Zealand. Something to look forward to.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Daily Read, Remake, Fantasy, Animation, Books, Classics, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, Universal/Focus Features


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.