Monday, 16 May 2011

It's Team Julia Vs. Team Charlize In The Battle Of The Snow White Films: Whose Side Are You On?


Ladies and gentlemen! In the year 2012, two films from rival studios, loosely based on the classic tale of Snow And The Seven Dwarfs, will do battle at the box office but only one can be victorious and be crowned the box office champion. Here are the contenders:

Contender 1
Title: Snow White And The Huntsman.
Studio: Universal Pictures.
Star Power: Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as The Huntsman and Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as The Prince.
Director: Rupert Sanders.
Story (via Deadline Hollywood): In Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Claflin plays the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power.
Release Date: 1 June 2012.

Contender 2
Title: The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
Studio: Relativity Media.
Star Power: Julia Roberts as The Evil Queen, Lily Collins (Sandra Bullock's daughter in The Blindside) as Snow White and Armie Hammer (Winklevoss Twins in The Social Network) as Prince Andrew Alcott.
Director: Tarsem Singh (The Cell).
Story (via IMDb): A dark twist on the classic fairy tale, in which Snow White and the seven dwarfs look to reclaim their destroyed kingdom.
Release Date: 29 June 2012.

The Breakdown:
Ever since the billion dollar success of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland (2010), film studios all over Hollywood have been scouring the classic fairytales with the intention of creating new modern day versions that can hopefully emulate Alice's success. This explains why, amongst others, Disney is making Oz: The Great And Powerful with Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy) directing and James Franco starring as Oz, why Warner Bros. released Red Riding Hood earlier this year, and why we now have two competing Snow White films set for release within a month of each other next year. The main reason we have this problem is because the original Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs story is now over 150 years old and is therefore out of copyright. This means that the rights to the story and its characters no longer belong to any one/group of individual/s or corporation/s and therefore anyone and everyone who wants to, even you and me if we had $100 million to spare, can use the original characters as they wish in a film adaptation. Because of this, the rival studios cannot sue each other for copyright infringement so instead the rivalry between the two has literally become a race to get to their film to cinemas first. Initially The Huntsman was meant to be released on December 21, 2012 and The Brothers Grimm on June 29, 2012 but as of today, The Huntsman has now been bumped up to the 1st of June 2012. Apart from the fact that it was going to be released more than 6 months after it's main competitor and that it's original release date coincides with the end of the world, another major factor in The Huntsman's date shuffle is that it would've been released just two days after that small, Peter Jackson directed indie fantasy film known as The Hobbit. All things considered, it remains to be seen whether The Brothers Grimm will move its release date even further forward because, seeing as both films haven't even began production yet, there simply isn't much more room for manoeuvre.

The Decision:
So you've had a good look at both contenders, you've read the background story and now it's time for you to be the judge and cast your vote for which one you would prefer to see first. Will it be Kristen Stewart, Charlize and co. in Snow White And The Huntsman or will it be Julia Roberts and co. in The Brothers Grimm: Snow White? Let us know in the comments section.

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