Who knew "Snow White" was so popular?
The legendary tale, immortalized by the 1937 Disney animated classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," is now in production by two film studios racing to get to the box office.
Universal Pictures' production of the fairy tale will star Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart as Snow White. "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the Huntsman, according to USA Today, in the film which will be called, "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Several actors were rumored for the role of the Huntsman including Viggo Mortensen, Tom Hardy and Hugh Jackman.
In February the second "Snow White" production, this time by Relativity Media, nabbed A-lister Julia Roberts to play the role of the Evil Queen. The adaptation, which the newspaper says is untitled, cast Lily Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins and star of "The Blind Side," in the role of Snow White in April. "The Social Network" actor Armie Hammer is set to play Prince Andrew Alcott.
The two films have made headlines in their casting stories but the battle was kicked up a notch when Universal Pictures switched the opening date of "Snow White and the Huntsman" from Dec. 21, 2012, to June 1, 2012. The new date was set to have their movie open ahead of Relativity Media's "Snow White" version, which originally had a June 29, 2012 release date. However, according to the newspaper, Relativity struck back, moving up their version's release date to March 16.
The newspaper notes this type of battle has a long running tradition in Hollywood. Examples include films like "Tombstone" and "Wyatt Earp," which came out six months apart in 1993 and 1994 respectively, or "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon," which came out two months apart in 1998.
Tucker Tooley, chief of production at Universal Pictures, told USA Today, "There is no such thing as a perfect date, but we wanted to be in the marketplace earlier 'Alice [in Wonderland]' opened right around spring break, and it seems like a good time for a family movie"
According to Tarsem Singh, who is directing the Relativity production of "Snow White" with Lilly Collins, the character "is the one with (guts) She straightens him (the prince) out a bit."
Joe Roth, who is producing the Kristen Stewart version of the fairy tale, told the newspaper that film's Snow White character starts off "downtrodden" but then "learns the way of the world and toughens up."
The silver screen isn't the only place where the "Snow White" fairy tale is getting the Hollywood treatment. ABC's upcoming fall series "Once Upon a Time," created by a two "Lost" writers, will feature "Big Love" star Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White.
Goodwin will be shown as a modern day school teacher nun but will also be seen in flashbacks as the fairy tale princess. "House M.D." actress Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a young woman who is believed to be the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.
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