Showtime awakens ‘Snow White’

Surviving several incarnations and a couple of name changes, Interscope Communications’ “Snow White: A Tale of Terror” starring Sigourney Weaver will finally see the light of day when it premieres Aug. 24 on Showtime.

The live-action thriller, initially penned by scribe Tom Szollosi in 1993, was developed and produced as a bigscreen feature, with Weaver reportedly earning about $4 million and back-end participation to headline. Film’s budget was in the $15 million to $18 million range, according to sources.

The project languished when it was unable to strike a satisfactory deal with a U.S. distributor. The powers that be finally decided that, rather than incur added promo and marketing costs by releasing theatrically, they would enlist Polygram TV to sell the film to Showtime. A release on homevid is pending.

License fee

According to sources, Showtime paid no more than its typical original production license fee, slightly under $2 million, to acquire “Snow White: A Tale of Terror.”

The pic is based on the dark Grimm Brothers fable rather than the sweeter and more sanitized Disney version.

Filmed in the Czech Republic, the movie — which was originally skedded to be set in New York City and feature gang members in place of the Seven Dwarfs — was also at one time titled “Snow White and the Black Forest.”

The edition making it to the screen is set in the 18th-century Austrian Black Forest, with outcast highwaymen taking the place of the dwarfs. Weaver plays the wicked stepmother to young Lilli Hoffman (Monica Keena), locking into a bitter rivalry after stepmom Claudia marries Lilli’s dad Frederick (Sam Neill).

Michael Cohn directed from a screenplay by Szollosi and Deborah Serra. Tom Engelman is the producer. Ted Field, Robert W. Cort and Scott Kroopf will serve as executive producers.

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