In true Hollywood fashion, there are currently two 'Snow White' projects competing to get off the ground at the same time. Also in true Hollywood fashion, both productions are attempting to coax major movie stars into the role of the evil Queen, the jealous ruler who sentences Snow White to death because a magic mirror informs her that Ms. White, and not her, is the fairest in the land. Then mining dwarfs and adventure happen.
Deadline reports that Universal is currently in negotiations with Charlize Theron to take the villainous role in their 'Snow White and the Huntsman' while Relativity Media is going after Julia Roberts for their 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.' There's also a shortlist for actresses to play Snow White, and we'll be bringing you that story in a few. But first ... The Queen(s)!
Although both films deal with the same iconic character and both are seeking a 2012 release, Deadline notes that "the projects are very different." Take a gander at the synopsis for 'Snow White and the Huntsman' (borrowed from the good 'ol IMDB):
"A huntsman is ordered to take Snow White into the woods and kill her but instead he chooses to let her go and the two are evidently chained together for part of the movie as they make their escape."
Nary a single mention of many of the more famous elements of the story, meaning that this one could very well a romantic reinvention of the tale. Deadline also notes that Michael Fassbender is being sought for the role of the huntsman, which would automatically make the character the suavest, coolest, best acted huntsman in the history of cinematic huntsmen.
'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White' doesn't have a handy dandy synopsis available at the time being, but it has something that 'Snow White and the Huntsman' does not: a director. That director is none other than Tarsem Singh, the man behind 'The Fall' and the upcoming 'Immortals,' so at least we know it'll be a very pretty movie. With the namedropping in the title, we can also assume that the film may be a more traditional retelling of the fairy tale and with Tarsem involved, maybe a strict adaptation of the original, significantly scarier and non-Disneyfied story.
If Hollywood history has taught us anything, one of these films will stand and the other shall fall. Remember when there were dueling Wyatt Earp films? Now, everyone loves 'Tombstone' and no one remembers that 'Wyatt Earp' even exists. Remember when there were two dueling Alexander the Great films? Now, Oliver Stone's film saw the light of day (only to be labeled a disaster) and Baz Luhrmann's version never got off the ground. Will both of these films get made? Will one overshadow the other? And because it's the headline of this article, who would make a better Evil Queen, Julia Roberts or Charlize Theron? Theron is probably a bit more striking these days, but Roberts' movie star status could lend her the gravitas to pull off royalty (and it would be fascinating to see if she could pull off the whole "evil" thing).
What think you, gentle reader and (hopefully) 'Snow White' fan?