Snow White and the Huntsman Theatrical Trailer

The fairytale is over.

Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent you woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign. The Huntsman is not a love interest (fear not, the prince is still in the story) but acts more as a mentor, teaching the teen girl to fight and survive.

Snow White and the Huntsman is an American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty, Martin Solibakke, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini. The cast includes Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, and Bob Hoskins.

The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design at the 85th Academy Awards. It was a success at the box office. Although critics praised the production design and the performances of Theron, Hemsworth and Claflin, Stewart’s performance received mixed reviews, and Daugherty, Hancock and Amini’s screenplay was criticized.

Snow White and the Huntsman Theatrical Trailer

Joe Roth, former chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios and producer of Tim Burton’s fantastical global hit Alice in Wonderland, knew that his team had found something incredible when Evan Daugherty’s script for what would become Snow White and the Huntsman arrived at his Los Angeles-based production house, Roth Films. At the time, Roth’s head of development (and executive producer of this film), Palak Patel, saw the potential in Daugherty’s story, which was an innovative take on the age-old Brothers Grimm tale, originally published in 1812 in the text “Kinderund Hausmärchen” (“Children’s and Household Tales”).

Roth and Patel were also responsible for finding the man who would helm the company’s next epic action-adventure. Rupert Sanders, a highly decorated commercial director, had made his way to the top of his game with a unique visual style that distinctly branded ad campaigns such as those for the juggernaut video game Halo 3. Roth, Patel and fellow executive producer Gloria Borders grew fascinated by the uncompromising tone and impressive variety in Sanders’ work, as well as the depth of soul to his commercials.

When Roth’s team had a draft of the script with which all were comfortable, Sanders was the first and the only filmmaker to whom they sent the idea. A veteran of imaginative gaming spots, Sanders believed it was as important to reimagine the story as it was to open up a filmic Snow White to both genders. Everyone felt that Sanders’ vision and skill set offered a deft balance that would guarantee the production its green light.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Lily Cole, Nick Frost, Toby Jones
Screenplay by: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Production Design by: Dominic Watkins
Cinematography by: Greig Fraser
Film Editing by: Conrad Buff, Neil Smith
Costume Design by: Colleen Atwood
Set Decoration by: Fainche MacCarthy
Art Direction by: Andrew Ackland-Snow, Alastair Bullock, John Frankish, Oliver Goodier, Stuart Rose, David Warren
Music by: James Newton Howard
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: June 1st, 2012

Related Link: Read the Full Production Notes for Snow White and the Huntsman

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