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There are three — count’em, three — “Snow White” movies currently under development in Hollywood as I type this. Usually it’s not too difficult to find two competing studio movies that share similar plots or themes, but three? That’s a new one to me.
Of the three, Universal probably has their “Snow White and the Huntsman” the farthest along, with a director already attached and leading actors being sought, including Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Johnny Depp.
Meanwhile, over at Disney, they’re still planning their own version of Snow White, aka “Snow and the Seven”, with Shaolin monks standing in for the dwarfs. This is the one I’m most looking forward to seeing, if only because — come on, it’s Shaolin monks! Seven of them! That’s cool, right?
And then there is Relativity’s “Snow White” movie, which as of today has officially attached “The Fall” and the upcoming “Immortals” director Tarsem Singh (top, left). The director will jump straight from “Immortals” to “Snow White” (the exact title is still iffy), which will take a more traditional approach to the story, i.e. less “re-imagined” then the other two. Singh will direct from a scriopt by Melissa Wallack, about Snow White, whose father is murdered and his kingdom stolen by her evil stepmother, the Queen. Snow White teams up with some dwarfs to fight back.
Relativity hopes to start shooting their version by March of next year.