With two other Snow Whites already well underway, you could forgive Disney for packing up shop on their own long-planned version. But the plan instead seems to be to minimise the familar fairytale elements and thoroughly distance their film from the others. Hence, Snow and the Seven has now become Order of the Seven, with FX man and commericials director Michael Gracey tasked with bringing a very different Snow White to life.
In the years that Disney have been prepping their Seven, Relativity and Tarsem Singh have stolen their thunder with the Lily Collins-starring The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, while over at Universal, Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, with Rupert Sanders at the helm.
The version that Gracey has inherited from the departing Francis Lawrence, however, is reportedly a China-set epic that focuses far more on the seven "companions" (they don't even appear to be dwarves in this incarnation) than on Snow herself. Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt penned the most recent draft, which pitches the seven as a mis-matched international band of ronin in the 19th Century, who encounter "an Englishwoman being chased by an ancient evil" and see a chance to regain their former glory.
Gracey will now start pre-production, with shooting pencilled in for next year, so alongside the difference in its material, Order of the Seven will gain some distance from its rivals in terms of its release date. Expect this Seven in 2013 at the earliest.