Snow White and the Huntsman, which is set to star Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth as the Hunstman and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, is not only an attempt by Universal to jump on the classic literature/fairytale bandwagon, it’s also an attempt to launch a new franchise.
Producer Joe Roth, who also produced Alice in Wonderland, recently told EW:
It’s meant to be the first in a series of films. This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters.
He also explained the basic story of the film:
We retain the basic story in the same way we retain the basic story of Alice, a young girl meant to be the queen who is cast out… The Huntsman is a mercenary, in the sense that he’s a guy who is very able in the woods, more able than most anyone. His job is to capture runaway girls, who are all fleeing the kingdom because of the queen. He’s a nondescript bounty hunter, as we first meet him… [Snow White] starts out not a damsel in distress, but innocent, and after 11 years of imprisonment by the Evil Queen, she escapes and learns the ways of a warrior in the woods
Tarsem Singh, director of Relativity Media’s Untitled Snow White Movie, said last month that “there really, truly is only room for the first one of these”. As his movie with Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer hits in March 2012 it has the advantage, but Snow White and the Huntsman could still be successful despite coming out a few months later in June. It will be seen as ‘the other Snow White movie’, but that might help it if Tarsem Singh’s effort isn’t all that.
Rupert Sanders is directing and the aim is to begin shooting later this year.