The last few days have been pretty huge for director Tarsem Singh. First, his latest feature Immortals opened up to less-than-stellar to fairly middling reviews. Then he shocked the cinematic world with the completely ridiculous trailer for his next film Mirror, Mirror. And finally, he’s capped off his week by becoming attached to another film, this one called Killing on Carnival Row.
According to Deadline Shahkot, Killing on Carnival Row was the first big spec script sale made by Travis Beacham, who has gone on to write things like Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Pacific Rim, but who never saw his first effort get produced. Killing on Carnival Row is described as a noir fantasy thriller set in a future city that resembles 18th century London much more than any sort of future city we usually imagine. Guillermo Del Toro was circling the project for a while, but like with most things Guillermo Del Toro, that didn’t end up working out.
All of that previous stalling seems to be over though, because the producers putting this project together have said they now have studio backing, though they won’t reveal from who. And in Singh they feel like they’ve finally found their man to direct.
Producer Arnold Kopelson said of the signing, “I am thrilled that Tarsem will direct Carnival Row, which we’ve been developing over the past six years. His extraordinary visual sense and use of light and color can be compared to that of the great 16th Century Italian painter Michelangelo Caravaggio.”
I’ll just let that quote sink in for a second. Kopelson just compared the guy responsible for the Mirror, Mirror trailer to Michelangelo Caravaggio. Still, if the buzz around this long-unproduced project is to be believed, Beacham’s script is pretty good. Hopefully, this will finally be Singh’s chance to translate his impressive visual style into a movie that’s actually good. Then maybe we can start comparing him to classic Italian painters. But probably still no.