Hossein Amini To Re-Write Universal's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Those who attended this week's Licensing Expo in L.A. who don't follow film pre-production development news, might have been confused as to why they saw two different Snow White projects being pushed, and honestly, so are we. Is the world really crying out for two Snow White re-imaginings in 2012? Of course not and I'm convinced if it wasn't for the fact Universal have the Twilight mega-star Kristen Stewart on board for theirs, they would have already admitted defeat for Snow White and the Huntsman's June 1st, 2012 release simply looks out of touch and an afterthought to Relativity's currently untitled Snow White that opens in March 16th, 2012. If I was Universal I would be concerned about audiences being reluctant to put down their hard earned bucks to see the same story told twice within five months and it's clear to everyone that the winner of this rat race at the box office is whomever gets there first and not who has the best film. But as I say they do have that X-factor of Kristen Stewart who is sure to bring in a substantial audience on her own. An update on Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman comes in from Deadline who say the studio have have hired Hossein Amini (Drive, the currently shooting 47 Ronin) to go through a last minute re-write of Evan Spilitopoulous' script for the Rupert Sanders directed movie that stars the aforementioned Kristen Stewart and Thor's Chris Hemsworth in the title roles and Charlize Theron as the evil Queen. Relativity Media's untitled Snow White film meanwhile is from the visually masterful Tarsem (The Fall, The Cell) and is top-billed by Julia Roberts' Evil Queen who will battle out with Lilly Collins' Show White and Armie Hammer's Prince. That release date is some nine months away but incredibly the film has not started shooting in Montreal yet and unlike Universal, if they have any last minute script issues they don't have the luxury to order through a re-write. Honestly, I don't expect much from either Snow White movie but I will say Tarsem's has the better talent attached but a 9 month turn-a-round means they can't afford any errors what-so-ever and I just wonder if Universal's decision to stop trying to beat Relativity with release dates and make sure their script is the best it can be, might see them win out here.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.