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Screenwriter dishes on the race between Snow White movies

Sep. 14, 2011by: Dave Davis

It's been somewhat amusing to follow the dueling SNOW WHITE movies as studios Relativity and Universal jockeyed for release dates and hustled to collect the hottest actors, all in an attempt to replicate the billion-dollar fairy tale success of ALICE IN WONDERLAND (and not the tragedy of RED RIDING HOOD).

Screenwriter Jason Keller (MACHINE GUN PREACHER) offers some behind-the-scenes insight on the process to Vulture: "At the end of last year, [Relativity] looked around, and they saw Universal was coming out with a Snow White. But they had a script that wasn't really working, but they knew they wanted to try to keep that, so when they hired me, the first conversation we all had about that was, 'How do we beat that other project?' So it was literally something like, 'We want to beat that other project. We are very, very motivated to do a Snow White project.'"

Keller also admits that the studio and director Tarsem Singh basically gave the thumbs up just from his pitch, and started working on art, costumes and location scouts before he even wrote a script. He also swears there are significant differences between the two projects: "Ours is not dark. I mean, I know SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is very intense, and lots of chain mail, and armor, and Kristen Stewart has a sword. Ours is an adventure, ours is funny — it's a comedic adventure! And there's some great action in it. It's stunningly gorgeous, and it's fun ... Ours will be PG or PG-13, and the other one will probably be a R. We don't know yet. But ours is nothing like theirs."

Obviously no sensible studio would make an R-rated fairy tale, but for the record here's the official synopsis for Universal's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN: "Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. " This one also has Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddy Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost, Lily Cole, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones.

Meanwhile, Relativity's is described as ""a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale, an evil queen steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over." They've got Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts, Nathan Lane, Sean Bean and Mare Winningham.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone else get a Frida Kahlo vibe from the Lily Collins Snow White?
Source: Vulture

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5:20AM on 09/15/2011
God, you even had to put a link to a Khalo pic... enough with the eyebrow hate. Lily Collins is gorgeous,and theres nothing odd with her... Anyway, I hope both projects find their intended audiences...
God, you even had to put a link to a Khalo pic... enough with the eyebrow hate. Lily Collins is gorgeous,and theres nothing odd with her... Anyway, I hope both projects find their intended audiences...
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4:07AM on 09/15/2011
Huntsman will win this battle for sure! The other one, comedy adventure.. not so much!
Huntsman will win this battle for sure! The other one, comedy adventure.. not so much!
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12:45AM on 09/15/2011

WHO WINS?

If they both look good, I'll see both. If they both look lame, I'll see neither. No need for a winner.
If they both look good, I'll see both. If they both look lame, I'll see neither. No need for a winner.
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12:29AM on 09/15/2011

The Huntsman one...

sounds so much better. For one thing, Julia Roberts is an instant no-go for me, and the "dwarf" cast is just so damn good.
sounds so much better. For one thing, Julia Roberts is an instant no-go for me, and the "dwarf" cast is just so damn good.
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8:34AM on 09/15/2011
I'm favoring Tarsem's movie because it's Tarsem, they have real dwarves, and their Snow White is actually more beautiful than their queen. Which is an absolute must. Charlize Theron is only going to be less fair than Kristen Stewart if she goes all Aileen Wuornos again.
I'm favoring Tarsem's movie because it's Tarsem, they have real dwarves, and their Snow White is actually more beautiful than their queen. Which is an absolute must. Charlize Theron is only going to be less fair than Kristen Stewart if she goes all Aileen Wuornos again.
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8:48PM on 09/15/2011
yes i seriously get a kahlo vibe from lily collins snow white they need to trim those brows yuck. But i still favor tarsems snow white. But i hate that julia roberts is the evil queen i think she is going to be the reason part of the film will fall flat. shes just not good. Why doesnt anyone else see that?!
yes i seriously get a kahlo vibe from lily collins snow white they need to trim those brows yuck. But i still favor tarsems snow white. But i hate that julia roberts is the evil queen i think she is going to be the reason part of the film will fall flat. shes just not good. Why doesnt anyone else see that?!
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1:06AM on 09/15/2011
I don't think they hired Kristen Stewart so they can pursue an R. Sadly, it will be PG-13.
I don't think they hired Kristen Stewart so they can pursue an R. Sadly, it will be PG-13.
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9:55AM on 09/15/2011
same thing i thought too, i was like what is this Keller guy smoking? R rated? let's be honest, both will be in the PG to PG-13 range.
same thing i thought too, i was like what is this Keller guy smoking? R rated? let's be honest, both will be in the PG to PG-13 range.
4:36PM on 09/18/2011
always nice to hear straight inside news, but these movies can easily co-exist and still both make money
always nice to hear straight inside news, but these movies can easily co-exist and still both make money
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1:05AM on 09/15/2011

tidbit

definitely some eyebrow action goin on
definitely some eyebrow action goin on
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