After seeing the dreadful trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror I’d like to forget I ever saw it and, probably, forget the film ever existed. Instead I’d rather concentrate on the positive, like his stunning movie Immortals or previous efforts The Cell and The Fall. His visionary style is fascinating, and todays news that the director is onboard to direct a seriously dark tale of humans, creatures and serial killers is the best news I’ve read today!
The Killing on Carnival Row is a tale of a serial killer who roams the darkened streets of a place called Burge, which looks like 18th century London. Both humans and creatures live here, and the serial killer is targeting fairies and the police can’t seem to stop him.
The story is written by Travis Beacham, and after six years of development Hell, Singh has finally signed on to direct. The script was originally bought by Anne and Arnold Kopelson and New Line with the intention of Guillermo del Toro to direct. At the time del Toro was concentrating on The Hobbit and so passed on making this film, although his latest film Pacific Rim is also based on a story written by Beacham. Next in line was Neil Jordan who also passed, but now with Singh attached Arnold Kopelson is pleased they can begin to move ahead, here is what he said in a recent interview:
I am thrilled that Tarsem will direct Carnival Row, which we’ve been developing over the past six years,” he says. “His extraordinary visual sense and use of light and colour can be compared to that of the great 16th Century Italian painter Michelangelo Caravaggio.”
If anyone can bring a tale such as this to life, Singh is the man to do it and I have no doubt the film will look stunning. Production on this noir fantasy is expected to begin next June in New Orleans.
By Matt Wavish