Once upon a time, or so the story goes, there was a beautiful princess with hair as dark as ebony, lips red as blood and skin white as snow. She also had one of the worst step-mothers in history. If you guessed the princess was Snow White, you’re right and a new movie version of the classic fairy tale is already in pre-production.
If you’re looking for the live action version of the Disney classic or even a more traditional retelling of the tale as told by the Brothers Grimm (which, by the way is available as an e-book through Project Gutenberg for free), this isn’t the version for you. Relativity’s Snow White eschews the traditional storyline in favor of a more modern tale filled with comedy and adventure. In this version, Snow White’s evil stepmother kills her father and destroys the kingdom. Snow White can’t and won’t stand still for this so she joins forces with seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim what is rightfully hers.
Lily Collins (whose next film, Priest, opens 13 May, 2011) has been cast in the title role as this surprisingly modern princess. Pretty Woman Julia Roberts will be doing all the dirty work as the evil Queen. And Charming, err Prince Andrew Alcott looks a great deal like Armie Hammer (the guy from The Social Network not the arm on the baking soda box).
Snow White is being produced by Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter), Bernie Goldmann (300) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). Melissa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) wrote the script.
The intended theatrical release date for Snow White is 29 June, 2012.