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:
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.
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.