Snow White Competition Update: Snow White and the Huntsman Gets Rewrites While Untitled Snow White Project Starts Production
06.15.11 by Ryan
The competition between Universal Studios' Snow White and the Huntsman and Relativity Media's Untitled Snow White Project (formerly titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White) rolls on.
After a month of schedule wrangling between the two, Relativity won the release date chess match by placing its Snow White movie into a March release date (months before Snow White and the Huntsman's June 1 bow), allowing director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) less than 10 months to shoot and edit the adventure comedy in time for its release. So Relativity's announcement that Singh will start shooting the movie on June 20 comes as no surprise.
Singh luckily had the principal characters already cast, with Lily Collins (Priest) as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and Armie Hammer as the Prince. Nathan Lane will play the Queen's hapless servant, while the Seven Dwarfs will be played by Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (In Bruges), Danny Woodburn (Watchmen), Sebastian Saraceno (Bedtime Stories), Ronald Lee Clark (Epic Movie), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean), and Joey Gnoffo (The Benchwarmers).
With the Untitled Snow White Project beginning production, Universal's response to losing the release-date battle was to give its Snow White and the Huntsman script a rewrite by screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive), Deadline reports. Evan Spiliotopoulos (Pooh's Huffalump Movie) wrote the previous draft, and Amini's action movie credentials were obviously an important edge for the studio.
In Snow White and the Huntsman, the role of the Huntsman (to be played by Thor's Chris Hemsworth) has been expanded, as he teaches Snow White (Twilight's Kristen Stewart) in the ways of evading bounty hunters. Rupert Sanders is directing the movie, which also stars Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as the young Prince.