Two major feature films based on the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, debut next year, prompting CinemaBlend.com to do a faceoff (they pick Charlize Theron, above left, over Julia Roberts, right, as the better Evil Queen; Disney’s earlier version separates the two. Nice collars, ladies).

How will the movies differ? According to Entertainment Weekly, Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman is ” more of a dark action-adventure” and Relativity’s as yet untitled movie is “more fanciful, family-friendly fairy tale.”

Is there really a rivalry, or is it just in the minds of the media? At least one of the people involved is feeling competitive. Entertainment Weekly quotes Tarsem Singh, director of The Hunstman, “They’re so far behind us, there’s no point in watching [what’s going on with that production]. It’s a different type of film.”

Untitled Snow White [UPDATE: Title is Mirror, Mirror]

Release Date — March 16, 2012

Director — Tarsem Singh

Snow White — Lily Collins

The Evil Queen — Julia Roberts

Description —  According to IMDB, “In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.” Entertainment Weekly says that, of the two movies, it’s the “more fanciful, family-friendly fairy tale.”

Tie-in: Snow White: Movie Reader, Jenne Simon, Scholastic, 2/2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

Release Date — June 1, 2012

Director — Rupert Sanders

Snow White — Kristen Stewart

The Evil Queen —  Charlize Theron

Description: According to IMDB, this is “A dark twist on the classic fairy tale, in which Snow White and the seven dwarfs look to reclaim their destroyed kingdom.” Entertainment Weekly‘s calls it “more of a dark action-adventure.”

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