Snow White And The Huntsman sequel losing Kristen Stewart?

News Simon Brew 15 Aug 2012 - 08:00
Snow White And The Huntsman

The planned sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman will no longer be focusing on Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, it seems…

We’ve not reported, as you’d probably expect, on the assorted romantic problems facing Kristen Stewart. And we only talk about them now because they appear to be having an impact on her role in the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman.

It’s not a massive secret, given that statements have been issued, the Stewart and Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders have had a brief affair. But it seems that a consequence of that, perhaps an indirect one, is that Universal is taking a surprising approach to its planned sequel. In short, it now seems more like a spin-off.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the focus on the new film will now be on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. That means that screenwriter David Koepp is being bought of his contract, given that the new direction isn’t the film that he was hired to write.

Will Kristen Stewart’s character now appear at all? Well, according to the Los Angeles Times, there’s still a slight possibility of that, citing a Universal source insisting “Stewart’s Snow White could still be a character in that film”. However, the studio does seem to think that Chris Hemsworth’s character is now the one to back.

More news on what’s presumably more The Huntsman than Snow White And The Huntsman 2 when we get it.

UPDATE: One or two people have been in touch to tell us that Universal's plan for the film was veering towards The Huntsman spin-off before the recent aforementioned events. Whilst the news of David Koepp departing the project is new, it seems that parts have been regurgitated from before.

The Hollywood Reporter.
The Los Angeles Times.

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Wow, talk about double standards. Universal drops Stewart but might keep Sanders and not only that, they give him 90 Church to direct too. Wow. Hollywood, you're doing it wrong. I haven't seen anyone drop Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp over being cheating bastards.

It is harsh but consider that Hollywood's business isn't making films, it exists to make money. I suppose they reasoned that including Stewart may put people off. Personally I don't think Stewart would have been a liability if the film is any good, and when considering the saying about all publicity being good publicity it may even help their figures. Having said all of that, Hollywood treating women harshly is the norm. Most actresses don't make A-list unless they go topless at least once, and when they approach their mid-30s most of them seem to vanish from the screens.

Last I heard Sanders was being kept away from the camera in order to allow Stewart to continue to bring the Twihards. This is an odd move. Oh well, at least now she can stop doing awful blockbusters and focus on films that actually show her talent.

To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if they were considering this before news of the affair broke out anyway. Consider it this way, Stewart's big star making franchise is coming to an end in just a couple of months and she still hasn't really had any big hits besides that and Snow White. She's yet to really receive any critical acclaim and there is no evidence of her stardom managing to outlast the Twilight series. This would mean keeping her as the star is leaving the success of the sequel almost entirely on her lasting appeal. Hemsworth meanwhile, is getting bigger every year thanks to his continuing role in the Marvel universe.

He's not only got a massive role in what is looking like the biggest ongoing film series right now, but a role that is providing him a headlining spot in a massive blockbuster almost every year. His appeal will be constantly growing for the foreseeable future, so handing the star role of their next big film over to him seems like it would be a far safer bet. At the end of the day, I don't believe studio execs would be too fussed, the ongoing interest in the story from gossip columns would have given them easy free press for the sequel delivering them a whole new audience who would be willing to pay the ticket price just because the background of the film behind the scenes interests them.

What to call it? Are we going to see "Sneezy and the Huntsman"?

No biggy as she has no real talent...

I think people are wrong to assume Stewart is being dropped for cheating on Pattinson, the truth is she was horrible in Snow White and the Huntsman - I saw better acting from Tom Hardy wearing a mask in Dark Knight Rises than I saw from Stewart. I spent much of the film hoping Charlize Theron would win as I empathised with her character more. I would consider recasting the role with Jennifer Lawrence as she is a much better actress and far more deserving.

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