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Now that Chris Hemsworth has confirmed that he'll make it his first post-Avengers project, Universal is looking even more enthusiastic about Snow White and the Huntsman, to the point that they've decided to beat Relativity Media in their horserace to get the first Snow White movie out there. The studio will release Snow White and the Huntsman on June 1, 2012, swapping dates with the new Judd Apatow comedy, which had been set for the June release but will now hit on Huntsman's original December 21 date.
That puts Snow White and the Huntsman's release a mere four weeks ahead of The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, the Relativity Media project that Tarsem Singh is directing with Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane starring. It was already awkward enough to have the two projects releasing in the same year, but it seems almost impossible that Relativity will stick to that date- Huntsman, if it's a success, will still be playing in many theaters by the time Brothers Grimm is set to come out. Even Deep Impact and Armageddon had two months between them, and they only shared the same general concept, not the same characters. Universal has made a really bold move here, and it seems Relativity has no choice but to blink.
Below is the full press release from Universal with all the information you need.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, May 15, 2011 – Universal Pictures announced today that its epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman will make a bold move into the early summer movie season with its new release date of June 1, 2012. The much anticipated film stars Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Thor’s Chris Hemsworth and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Sam Claflin.