"Mirror Mirror," which is not a film musical, is somewhat of a departure for Menken, who is known for composing the music to the Disney animated musicals "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin." Menken previously tweeted about his involvement in the film in mid-November.
Representatives for the film said there were no immediate plans for Menken to pen an original stand-alone single for "Mirror Mirror."
Tarsem Singh directs "Mirror Mirror," which will arrive in theatres March 16, 2012. Bernie Goldmann, Ryan Kavanaugh and Brett Ratner produce the film for Relativity Media.
"Despite my love of musicals, of both the stage and film variety, my most intense composing experience actually comes from scoring a movie," Menken said in a statement. "The contained period of time when I spend my days and nights living within every fraction of a second of a motion picture is an exquisite combination of being totally at the service of a director's vision and yet in a powerful position to influence and interpret the meaning of the film. I would consider my career incomplete without having the privilege of composing film scores and the thrill of hearing them fully realized thru the brilliant work of so many fantastic orchestrators, conductors and musicians. Right now I'm deep within the fantastic and beautiful world that Tarsem Singh has created with 'Mirror Mirror.' I was drawn to the film because of its wide family appeal, comedic spirit and adventurous nature, and couldn't be more excited about the thematic and emotional kind of score he is encouraging me to write."
Oscar winner Roberts ("Erin Brockovich," "Closer," "Notting Hill") plays the Evil Queen, with Collins ("The Blind Side") as Snow White and Tony winner Lane (The Producers) as Brighton, the Queen's servant. The cast also includes Armie Hammer as the Prince, Sean Bean as the King, Mare Winningham as Baker Margaret, Michael Lerner as Baron, with Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba and Joey Gnoffo as the Seven Dwarfs.
Written by Melisa Wallack and Jason Keller, "Mirror Mirror," according to production notes, "portrays the untold stories of the family classic Snow White in a magical tale of an exiled princess who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright as an evil Queen attempts to steal control of the kingdom and the heart of the young prince."
Alan Menken has earned eight Academy Awards, ten Grammys and seven Golden Globes. His works for the stage include Sister Act, A Leap of Faith, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Weird Romance and A Christmas Carol.
Menken's Academy Award-winning compositions include "Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin," the title song from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas." His screen musicals also include "Newsies," "Hercules," "Enchanted" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" which was later adapted for the stage.