UPDATE 16/11/11: Relatively has not wasted any time in releasing a trailer for their own Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror. I have added the trailer below. Indeed, they differ VASTLY. My choice is an easy one. See what you think and how they compare...
For those who don't know, there are currently two Snow White films in development in Hollywood right now. One is called Snow White and the Huntsman, the other is Mirror Mirror, and both are pretty huge. I must admit, earlier this year when both films were still in pre-production, I thought it was totally crazy, and so did most of the internet. There were numerous articles about the productions, and the studios had a bit of a duelling session with the release dates. Collider even did an awesome article about how Game Theory could be applied to this little war. However, now that both films are well underway and we get to see the first images, I don't think the issue is a big one anymore. Despite focusing on the same character, these films seem vastly different. Hit the jump for a little info on both, and for the newly released trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, which looks damn epic.
Okay, here is a very short summary of how these two films compare to each other... before we saw anything, it was actually unbelievable that both studios were going ahead with this (neither wanted to back down I suppose, or maybe they knew all along that the films would be very different)...
Snow White and The Huntsman
Director: Rupert Sanders (he's new, being a director of commercials and short films before this)
Snow White: Kristen Stewart (yes, Bella from Twilight)
Evil Queen: Charlize Theron
Dwarves: a bunch of great regular size actors - including Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean), Toby Jones (Captain America), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead), Ray Winstone (The Departed), Bob Hoskins (Brazil).
Other Characters: the Huntsman of course, played by Thor himself (Chris Hemsworth)
Budget: $100 million, according to The Numbers
Release Date: 1 June 2012
Described as: "on the scale of The Lord Of The Rings." I don't know if they will quite get there, but it looks pretty cool. And a lot darker than the next one...
Posters from the film...
Director: Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall, Immortals) - this guy, from a visuals perspective, is a genius.
Snow White: Lily Collins
Evil Queen: Julia Roberts
Dwarves: a bunch of great little people actors. See the photo below.
Other Characters: Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince
Release Date: 16 March 2012 (hmmm, so Snow White and the Huntsman got its trailer out there quicker...)
Described as: "sickeningly kiddie"... a lot lighter from the looks of things.
Here is the trailer and some pics from the film...
I'm certain of one thing here... only one of these films will emerge as the winner. I have no idea which one though! Maybe the trailer for Mirror Mirror will tell us more.