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For as long as we've been writing about the competing Snow White projects, we've talked about them in threes. These films include Universal's Snow White and The Huntsman, Relativity Media's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, and Disney's Snow White and the Seven. But while Universal and Relativity have made plenty of progress recently, we've seen very little happening on the Disney front. Today they've not only made a movie, but a strong one.

THR reports that Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine script and received another nomination last week for Toy Story 3, is now in negotiations with Disney to write their take on the classic fairy tale. But if you're expecting this story to simply be a rehash of Disney's animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, you are seriously mistaken. According to the report, the story will be set in 19th century China, and center on a young Englishwoman who returns to Hong Kong after her father dies, and discovers "that her stepmother is plotting against her." Managing to escape into mainland China, she takes refuge with a group of seven international warriors. Francis Lawrence, who has been attached since 2007, is somehow still the man set behind the camera, though the status of Natalie Portman, who has been rumored for the same stretch, is unknown now that she is pregnant with her first child.

To be honest, I was really hoping that Disney would keep this project in pre-production for a little while longer. The way things are going it looks like we're going to be seeing three Snow White movies next year which is unacceptable, plain and simple. In cases like these it's common for at least one of the movies to simply go away, but it doesn't look like any of the companies are budging an inch. Looks like 2012 is going to be the year of superheros and Snow White.

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