Competing Snow White Movies Jockey for Position on 2012 Schedule
Posted 05.27.11 by Ryan
Who knew making a live-action Snow White would cause such competition? Both Universal Studios and production company Relativity Media have movies about the fair princess planned, with slightly different takes in each.
Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Thor's Chris Hemsworth in the title roles, with newcomer Evan Daugherty's script expanding the role of the Huntsman from the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale — here he becomes a mentor for Snow White as the two evade bounty hunters. Charlize Theron plays the Evil Queen and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) the young Prince.
Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, being directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell), has been described as an "edgy 3-D re-imagining." It stars Lily Collins (Priest) as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as the Prince.
While having two movies with a similar premise isn't unusual for Hollywood, the competition is unusually heated. Universal jumpstarted it almost two weeks ago when the studio changed the release date for Snow White and the Huntsman from December to June 1, 2012 — weeks ahead of The Brothers Grimm: Snow White's release date of June 29, 2012.
As expected, Relativity has responded with its own move, The Playlist reports, bumping up The Brothers Grimm: Snow White's release to March 16, 2012. That leaves Singh with less than 10 months to deliver the finished movie, which starts shooting next month.
Will Universal counter? It isn't likely, since Theron and Hemsworth are both busy shooting Prometheus and The Avengers, respectively. The studio and director Rupert Sanders will have to wait until both actors are finished before they can start shooting Snow White and the Huntsman.
The good news for big-time Snow White fans is that the movies' releases are again separated by more than three months — at least for now — rather than both opening in June 2012.