Another Variation on 'Snow White' Currently in Development
In addition to the edgy take on the classic fairytale from producer Brett Ratner and Relativity Media, it looks like the story of Snow White has another variation making the rounds in Hollywood. Heat Vision reports that a project called Snow White and the Huntsman is being taken around to studios. Written by Evan Daugherty and directed by Rupert Sanders, this take on the fairytale would see the role of the sympathetic huntsman expanded into a sort of mentor who teaches a teenage Snow White how to fight and survive in the woods after the two attempt to make an escape after being chained together.
This is another in the long line of dark, gritty or simply varied adaptations of classic fairytales thanks to the success of an epic battle-charged Alice in Wonderland. Snow White alone has three competing projects that could potentially hit the big screen. In addition to Snow White and the Huntsman and Brett Ratner's edgy take on the story, Disney still has their own version, Snow White and the Seven, with director Francis Lawrence attached to direct. That fantasy adventure film centers on a British girl being raised in 19th century Hong Kong. When she realizes her destiny is to conquer an evil force, she must prepare to fight by being trained by seven Shaolin monks.
Snow White and the Huntsman already has offers from several studios, but since their rounds presenting the project in Hollywood conclude today, we'll likely find out where the project will land soon enough. The real question will be which of these Snow White centric projects will get off the ground first? While there have been times when similar films see release in the same year (The Prestige vs. The Illusionist or Deep Impact vs. Armageddon), three different Snow White projects is just too much to handle. Sanders' work has mostly been in commercials like the awesome Halo ad series but I'm most interested in seeing him make the jump to feature films. Which Snow White would you rather see?
Update: Deadline now says Universal is finalizing a deal to pick up Snow White and the Huntsman after other studios like Sony, Paramount, Fox, New Regency and Summit tried to make the grab themselves.