SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Sequel Going Foward Without Kristen Stewart [Update: Kristen Stewart Not Out of the Hunt Just Yet]

     August 14, 2012


Universal has decided to go ahead with their sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman with a lot less Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and a lot more Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). With the departure of screenwriter David Koepp, the studio is now envisioning more of a spin-off with Hemsworth leading the charge.  There is also no confirmation one way or the other on whether director Rupert Sanders will return. Though we try to stay out of the gossip end of this business, the well-publicized affair between Stewart and the married Sanders would make it awkward at best for a reunion.  The studio declined to comment on that front.  Hit the jump for more on this developing story.  [Update: The story has prompted a response from Universal on the state of Stewart's involvement.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.]

[Update: Universal has released the following statement from co-chairman Donna Langley:

 “We are extremely proud of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise.  Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

We'll keep an eye on this one to see how things shake out over time.]

THR reports thatsnow-white-huntsman-movie-poster-chris-hemsworth Koepp has been compensated as per his contract, since he was intended to stay on to pen the sequel.  Universal seemed gung-ho to move ahead with the sequel as of two months ago, so perhaps the recent bad press surrounding Stewart and Sanders gave the studio pause.  Or maybe it was just a good excuse to cut one star and move forward with another.  Stewart’s time in The Twilight Saga is coming to a close while Hemsworth will be a draw for years to come if Thor’s hammer has anything to say about it.

Stewart and Hemsworth were optioned for two more films: a planned sequel and a Huntsman spin-off.  Cutting Stewart would free up some financial room and centering it on Hemsworth would buy the studio time to find a new writer, as the Asgardian won’t be available until July (when Universal would like to start filming).  I’m all for a Huntsman-centric storyline and the first movie actually gave him a compelling backstory that I’d like to see explored in a prequel. Let us know what you think about the potential future of Snow White and the Huntsman in the comments.

On the topic of Sanders’ next project if he doesn’t return for Huntsman, The Playlist is reporting that Universal recently picked up the rights to the upcoming Dean Unkefer book, 90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotic Squad from Hell. The plot follows federal law enforcement officers as they take their own brand of justice to criminals and Mafiosos in the 1960s and 70s.  So, basically, Gangster Squad in later years.


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  • Strong Enough

    THR reports that Koepp has been compensated as per his contract, since he was intended to stay on to pen the sequel.

    ^ so he got paid for doing nothing. glad i’m a screenwriter :)

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  • Ms Grey

    only saw first movie BECAUSE of KStew. not interested if she is not in it.

  • ms king

    Wow, ms. Grey you must like being bored to death.
    Nothing she’s done since she was a kid has been any good…she just got too vain and stuck on herself.

  • Jess

    I hate it when movies change there actors and actresses … Like the prince and me and the prince and me 2 we had two different leading actresses and that’s why the second one failed ….. I would hate twilight if hey had 4 different Bella’s. She may not be your cup of tea but a lot of people actually find her entertaining. And the only reason I’ll see a sequel without her is because Chris is so hot and nice to look at … Can I say possible Christian Grey? But yeah I hate changing the actors around it hurts the movie.

  • Amanda

    I loved this movie so much! Chris Hemsworth is so gorgeous and kristen stewart is an outstanding actress. I really hope that if they decide to make a sequel that they will keep the main characters from the first film. I hate it when movies do that, change the main actors that is. it makes you feel like you are watching a different movie and it ruin the saga/series entirely. i did although wish that there was more true love in the story. the movie should have ended differently as means of the huntsman’s feeling for snow white, but maybe the left the end open on purpose, knowing that they will make a sequel and build more on the love sequence. At least i hope so. I give this movie 5 stars and would recommend to everyone (especially harry potter, twilight, clash of the titans, and chronicles of narnia fans). Can’t wait for a sequel! heres hoping!

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  • Pantsy Pants

    NO KRISTEN? ah I’m cool with that she wasn’t that good an actress in the first movie, bad enough that I couldnt even watch most of it, there was no surprise in her face when a rock troll attacked here, no heart melting anxious look when something beautiful happened. She was bland, don’t get me wrong, she’s a great actress but I regret she was in “Snow white and the huntsman” when the runner up was far more fitting to the role.