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Universal’s recent decision to bump up the release date of its Snow White and the Huntsman hinted at a confidence in director Rupert Sanders’s vision of a unique fairy tale adventure (and gave the studio a temporary leg up over a rival Snow White film being produced by Relativity). News of Huntsman needing rewrites, however, suggests otherwise.

The studio has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of the film, Deadline reports, which stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in the title roles. Amini, who wrote Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, will polish the Evan Spiliotopoulos draft of the picture, which is racing to meet a June 1, 2012 release date.

There’s no indication whether this is a total rewrite or just a “tightening up” job, though we’d assume that given the short production window, Amini won’t be moving acts around or drastically shifting perspective on what’s supposed to be a bold interpretation of the classic Snow White fairy tale. It’s not like Charlize Theron will now play White and Stewart will be cast as the Evil Queen … though, come to think of it, I’d almost rather see that version. As of now, Huntsman will be out next summer, a few weeks after Relativity’s version from Tarsem Singh and, we hope, a little more streamlined thanks to Amini’s efforts.

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