‘Snow White’ Images Tease A Stylized Fairy Tale Re-Imagining

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Amateur set photos for Universal’s Snow White and Huntsman recently showed up online, suggesting that the fairy tale project would indeed be more a Lord of the Rings-style period action-adventure spin on the famous Brothers Grimm story.

By comparison, the latest official imagery released from Relativity’s still-untitled Snow White movie once again emphasize that director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) and Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) are planning to deliver a much more fanciful fairy tale re-imagining.

The first still of Lily Collins as Snow White was released this past summer, offering fans an early taste of the film’s bright and colorful production design. Now we have pics of several other cast members – including Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as “Prince Charming”, and the seven dwarfs – which likewise suggest that Singh’s project will be as much a feast for the eyes as anything he’s done before.

Here is an official description of the fairy tale flick:

In Relativity’s ‘Snow White’, a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale, an evil queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) 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.

Now have a look at some official imagery from Singh’s Snow White (with analysis to follow) in the gallery below:

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While it still seems somewhat odd that both Huntsman and Singh’s Snow White will literally be released less than three months apart, there’s no denying that the two (visually) look like completely different movies. Singh’s project, for example, not only remains more loyal to the original story – it also appears to boast the sort of eye-catching costumes/sets and whimsical atmosphere (with a dark edge) that most people traditionally associate with fantastical tales about princesses who dwell in faraway lands. Huntsman, on the other hand, seems to visually resemble the unpolished and gritty style of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

That’s all to say: Those who go to see both Snow White films probably won’t end up walking away feeling like they just watched the same movie twice. Depending on your preferences, though, one might look better than the other. Singh’s contemporary, but imaginative retelling will be more to the tastes of many people, but there’s definitely a crowd who would enjoy watching a down n’ dirty Medieval epic like Huntsman… even if the latter, on the surface, seems almost worlds apart from the original Snow White story.

For more about Roberts as the Evil Queen and her serpentine nature – or how the seven dwarfs survive out in the forest – in Singh’s film, read the full Snow White articles over at EW and People.

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We’ll be sure to let you know when Singh’s Snow White project – which arrives in U.S. theaters on March 16th, 2012 – has an official title.

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  1. it’s kinda reminds me of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland..

    • More like what Burton’s “Alice in Woderland” should have looked like. Instead that was a horrifying florescent coloured assault on the eyesight that gave me a headache and made me switch it off after 20 mins.

      This looks better.

  2. uhhh, no.

  3. Julia Roberts doesn’t look like an evil villain at all and the crew is very lazy to not transform her appearance for this film.

    It was also a wasted opportunity that they didn’t cast seven recognisable actors with comedic experience to play the Seven Dwarfs.

  4. Short hair? VERY BAD.

    Julia Roberts as a villain? EVEN WORSE!

    • Where the hell are you seeing short hair? The one of her in a blue dress? Obviously it’s tied up in a bun but you can’t see since she’s directly facing the camera. Every other photo of her shows her with long hair or tied in a bun…..so what are you going on about?

      • the short hair and julia roberts. read bro.

  5. I have never been a fan of this fairy tale, maybe this is the movie that will change my mind. I doubt that it is because i tend to hate anything that Julia Roberts is a part of.

  6. Hm, the difference between the two Snow White movies? Lilly Collins = Good Actress, Kristen Stewart = Terrible Actress. Hm, wonder which of these movies will be better… :-D

    • Oops, guess Lily with one l is the right spelling, lol. I just remember she was good in The Blind Side… :-)

  7. Two of the dwarves are from the show Pit Boss.

    • Ya I noticed that. I thought that was pretty cool.

  8. I’ll take this Snow White over the other twilight-esque tweeny Snow white flick.

    • If you go by Twilight you’d have to give them both a miss. This Snow White is the real-life girlfriend of the Twilight werewolf kid.

  9. This looks like crap lol

  10. This one will be more for kids I am looking forward to it…and I think its funny complaining about the casting of the dawrves I mean how dare they you actual small people rather than do some CGI or fake thing….HOW DARE YOU FOR ONE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. why is hollywood determine to
    ruin movies completely,snow white was
    one of my favorite movies growing up,
    but i can see julia as the queen :)

    • Snow White was around hundreds of years before Disney came along and did it. Disney don’t own Snow White, anyone can legally make their own version of it. It’s the same with ALL the Disney classics. Disney doesn’t own them. That’s why they do them because they don’t have to pay for the characters/stories. They basically make their own story and side characters up anyway.

  12. KRISTEN STEWART’S SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN RULES!!!

  13. I guess it just comes down to personal preference…

    Do you like the traditional fare or do you want a gritty re-imaging?

    Do you like Kristen Stewart or someone who can actually act?

    ZING! :D

  14. I will see both movies and make judgments after. I have attended too many showings determined that I would of would not like the flick and then changed my mind completely after seeing it. lol

  15. IMO this looks ALOT better than The Huntsman. Kinda like Time Bandits Meets Labyrinth. Plus, the cast for the “Dwarfs” is phenomenal. Keeps fingers crossed.

  16. Ill stick to the cartoon from Disney anytime !! Saw it the other night and it was incrediable why ruin a good thing , Julia Roberts as the evil queen (BAD CHOICE) Charzlie Theron (GOOD CHOICE) I will probably see that one because this one looks like a made for TV movie I can rent on cable !!

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