It seems the Evil Queen isn’t the only one competing for the prince’s affection. Hollywood unveils two takes on the classic fairytale both slated for 2012. So who will be the fairest of them all?
It was just announced that Lily Collins (The Blind Side), will take the title role in Relativity Media’s yet untitled comedy-adventure version of the classic tale alongside Armie Hammer as the prince and Julia Roberts as the queen, set to release in June. The competition comes in the form of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman which is set to release in December and favors Kristen Stewart (Twilight) to take the lead, with Charlize Theron already attached as the rival queen. Mirror, mirror on the wall, why are remakes the go-to for all?
It does seem like Hollywood is running out of original ideas with the number of live action film versions of classic fairytales and children’s books. Recent releases include Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels, and Red Riding Hood all attracting big name stars. 2012 shows no sign of slowing down with the dueling Snow White films joining Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Killer among the production slate.
Is the reboot revolution a sign that Hollywood would rather play it safe with already successful stories or is the industry breathing fresh life and new twists into the stories we love? Only time will tell if this fairy tale ends happily ever after.