The Snow White Movie Battles – which one would you rather watch?

I grew up watching Disney Princesses flicks… and to this day I still have a fondness for them. I still have Snow White and Sleeping Beauty on DVD in fact. With the success of Disney’s Tangled, clearly the fascination over them isn’t over, yet. Well, it’s been 74 years since Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs‘ was released in 1937, now the first Disney princess ever is getting not one, but TWO feature film treatment!

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the ‘Snow White battles’ as two studios — Relativity Media and Universal — are planning to release their own version in 2012, within a mere few months between them. The projects sound pretty ambitious, according to LA Times blog, the budget for the Universal’s version is $160 million, wow! I’ve been hearing casting news for both movies left and right in the past few months, but I haven’t really been paying attention as to who are doing what and the difference between two movies until today. So here are a quick guide to tell the two films apart when they’re out next year:

Untitled Snow White
March 16, 2012
Snow White & The Huntsman
June 1, 2012
Director: Tarsem Singh Director: Rupert Sanders
Cast: Julia Roberts (evil Queen), Armie Hammer (prince charming), Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham Cast: Charlize Theron (evil queen), Chris Hemsworth (huntsman), Sam Claflin (prince charming), Ian McShane + Eddie Izzard + Bob Hoskins + Toby Jones (dwarfs)
Plot: 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. Plot: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman (Hemsworth) ordered to take Snow White (Stewart) into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Theron).

Lily Collins as Snow White

Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Armie Hammer as Prince Charming

Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman

Well, if we’re to judge the ‘winner’ by its release date, sounds like Tarsem’s version is the frontrunner as his movie will come out first in March. Online reports say they’ve already begun filming. Check out the concept poster to the right that’s already released last week (thanks to Dezzy @ Hollywood Spy for the tip)

The Tarsem version seems more appealing to me out of the two so far, I mean, I’ve never even heard of this Rupert guy and he’s got zero feature film directing credit (apparently he’s done some commercials & shorts, check out his website). I’ve talked about him and Tarsem’s film The Fall quite often in this blog, I admire his singular visual style so for sure this movie is going to look spectacular. His story-telling ability remains to be seen though, as no matter how beautiful The Fall was, it’s not exactly the most comprehensible film to follow. Perhaps it’s not going to be too much of an issue since he tends to gravitate towards fantasy type movies, his upcoming film Immortals fits that category as well.

On top of that, I’m just not sold on Kristen Stewart’s casting as the princess. I mean, she’s pretty yeah, but I just feel like this is a similar role to Twilight‘s Bella, y’know, the naive young ‘princess.’ And I personally can’t stand how whiny Bella is, it’s so darn irritating! Now, I’ve only seen Lily Collins (yes, she’s Phil’s daughter) in The Blind Side, but I think she was pretty decent in that. She’s drop-dead gorgeous and definitely has that fairy tale princess look about her. At 22, she’s actually older than Stewart by one year, wow she certainly looks a lot younger to me, which is a good thing as I reckon Snow White is supposed to be in her late teens.

I like both Charlize and Julia as the evil queen, but I’d give Julia the edge as I’m curious to see America’s sweetheart play a classic villain icon. According to GeekTyrant, the Indian-born director has this to say about casting Roberts: “She’s the obvious choice of being goody-two-shoes, and I didn’t want an Evil Queen in the sense that already existed…. It can’t be an evil, quintessential queen. I’m looking for a likable evil queen. I couldn’t think of anybody who is more of a likable evil queen than her.”

I also like both picks of Snow White’s love interest as both Hammer and Hemsworth are the tall, dashing, prince-ly type (as these two guys are 6’5″ and 6’3″ respectively, everyone will practically look like dwarfs by comparison, ahah). In this USA Today article, at one point the likes of Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender were in the running for the huntsman role. Wow, if either Hardy or Fassbender had been chosen, that’ll definitely give Tarsem’s version some serious competition!

Well, in the spirit of a weekly feature on my local radio station called ‘Would You Rather Wednesday,’ which of these two Snow White movies would you rather watch?