Universal has fallen behind in their race with Relativity to get a Snow White movie into development. Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsmans was dealt a blow when Viggo Mortensen passed on the project, which stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the evil queen. Now it looks like the studio is hoping to make up the difference in star power. Deadline reports that Universal has offered Hugh Jackman the role of the Huntsman in the Rupert Sanders-directed re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. Jackman was supposed to be at work on The Wolverine, but his schedule has opened up since director Darren Aronofsky left the project and shooting in Japan—the setting for the sequel—became untenable in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Of course, Jackman is involved as a producer on The Wolverine and is actively seeking a new director, with names like David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Duncan Jones (Source Code) being mentioned as possible replacements.
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Shooting on Snow White and the Huntsman isn’t scheduled to begin until September and Universal is reportedly in talks with screenwriter Hossein Amini (Killshot) to do some work on the script. When we last reported on the film, the story had Snow White on the run after being banished by the evil queen. Snow White then becomes a protégé of the huntsman. While it currently looks like Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White will head into production this summer, the only major star it has is Julia Roberts as the evil queen while rising stars Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) have been cast as Snow White and Prince Andrew Alcott. Both of these projects have release dates, but I’m interested to see if they’ll both head into production even if they can’t be first. Some folks may remember that back in the early 2000s, Baz Luhrmann and Oliver Stone has competing Alexander the Great projects, but only one of them ever got in front of cameras.
Snow White and the Huntsman is currently set for December 21, 2012 while The Brothers Grimm: Snow White is scheduled to open on June 29, 2012.