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Movie Duels 2012: Snow White & Abraham Lincoln

By Gunner Glam

Coming to theatres this year will be two sets of movies which portray the same characters in different genres.

Studio Brow would like to share some quick info on these movies.

Mirror Mirror  and Snow White & The Huntsman

According to the entertainment news site, Buzz Sugar, 2012 is the year of Snow White.

There are currently two different films on their way into the theater based on the classic fairy tale: Universal’s Snow White & The Huntsman, due June 1, 2012, and Relativity’s Mirror Mirror, which is scheduled to opened March 16.

Mirror Mirror stars Lilly Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane.

Kristen Stewart, star of Twilight, and Chris Hemsworth of Thor, headline Huntsman with Charlize Theron as the evil queen.

Mirror Mirror is a family-friendly comedy and Snow White & The Huntsman falls into the action/adventure range.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Lincoln

The former stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Alan Tudyk.

From About.com, Honest Abe wasn’t just a U.S. President, he was apparently an expert vampire hunter (but you probably figured that out from the film’s title, right?).

Based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also worked on the screenplay), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter finds the 16th US President committed to killing vampires after his mother is murdered by one.

But fans of the book should be prepared for a few changes to the story. Alan Tudyk said in our exclusive interview that the film “does and it doesn’t” stick to the source material.

Says Tudyk, “It’s a lot more active than the book. [With] the book there’s a lot of description and, because of the way the book is, a lot of it is his journal. So, it’s like a history. The book, for me, got a little slow towards the last quarter as Lincoln gets older in his life and he starts to slow down. The book – for me – is more about ideas and not so much about what’s going on. And in the movie it stays at a pace. The action’s more immediate and Abe Lincoln’s involvement in everything is a little more active than it was in the book.”

With the latter, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones, DreamWorks has announced that the film “will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.” 

According to Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s entire book about Lincoln’s presidency is “much too big” for a film and said that the film will focus on the last few months of Lincoln’s life, the ending of slavery and the Union victory in the Civil War.

Spielberg said, “What permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment – that story I’m excited to tell.”

Spielberg said he plans to show “Lincoln at work, not just Lincoln standing around posing for the history books…arguably the greatest working President in American history doing some of the greatest work for the world.”

Vampire Hunter, which comes out June 22,  is an action/horror film and Lincoln, scheduled for a fourth quarter premier, is a historical biopic.

As they’ve all come together, it’s been tough keeping up with the separate films and trying to not get them confused, so we’re helping you out.

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