'Snow White and the Huntsman' Sequel Getting Rid of Kristen Stewart?
Before Snow White and the Huntsman even hit theaters, Universal was already moving quickly to get a sequel off the ground with filmmaker Rupert Sanders back in the director's chair. It had been assumed that both Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth would return for the film, but in the wake of the recent publicized affair between Stewart and Sanders, the actress is not being asked back for the sequel. Meanwhile, it sounds like Sanders will come back, but the film is being reconceived as a spin-off that will follow Hemsworth's huntsman character. But that means there's a change behind the scenes happening.
THR says the original plan was to have two films featuring Snow White and the third film being the huntsman spin-off. Because of the change in creative direction, due to a lack of Snow White, the original film's writer David Koepp (who had already been contracted to write a sequel) is being settled out of his deal because the film is becoming something he was not hired to write. As of now, there's no story in place and a Univeral spokeswoman said, "The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise."
Sounds like a big sloppy mess that doesn't necessarily need to be rushed, but Universal is still probably moving quickly to get the sequel going. Since Stewart brought down the first film a bit, maybe keeping only Hemsworth around will make for a better fantasy. Right now the studio is on the lookout for a new writer and they hope to get the film ready to shoot next July when Hemsworth becomes available. There's a chance the sequel might not even move forward at all, so we'll have to wait and see what happens.
UPDATE: Deadline has a statement from Universal straight-up denying this story saying, "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.”
However, considering the affair between Stewart and Sanders, it's a safe bet that in the end either Stewart or Sanders will go. I can't see them working together again after this public debacle. After all, it seems coincidental that today also brought news that Universal just picked up the forthcoming Dean Unkefer book 90 Church: The True Story of The Narcotics Squad From Hell, which is getting published in May of next year. Sanders is attached to direct the film with Snow White producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel in addition to Deborah Giarratana
The book takes its title from the address of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics when it was formed in New York City to combat organized crime and drug traffic in the mid-1960s through early ’70s. Deadline says, "While the FBI refused even to acknowledge organized crime, 30 agents stood alone against a well-organized Mafia and vicious drug cartels. To survive against impossible odds, the agents used incredibly brutal and cunning tactics to make cases and bring the war to a stalemate. Using an ever-expanding network of criminal informants held together by secret immunity deals, the sinister reputation of 90 Church grew along with the rising body count. The book is fictionalized but based on true events, written by one of the agents who worked in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. That bureau later merged with another and became the DEA."
Reader Feedback - 24 Comments
She will (not) be missed.
DAVIDPD on Aug 14, 2012
Go f*ck yourself.
F You on Aug 14, 2012
Testy are we?
DAVIDPD on Aug 14, 2012
The lifeless doll has a fan!
csgabriel on Aug 14, 2012
that had passion and fire; teach that to Stewart so she can act.
mooreworthy on Aug 15, 2012
I'm peeved about the fact that the director isn't being pushed away from the project or at penalty. I mean, he cheated on his wife whom he had kids with. Why the heck isn't he being tossed out of the project as well as other projects?
Colton on Aug 15, 2012
I'm peeved about the fact that any shenanigans behind the scenes should even matter.It's their personal lifes and who cares really. It's not like any of them is running for office or doing anything that is of any real importance.It's just the friggin' movies.
Hu caehrs? on Aug 15, 2012
I totally agree. Why are they letting this affect their project? Everyone is going to forget by the time it comes out, and the worst publicity that will happen is a few tweets from comedians.
OfficialJab on Aug 15, 2012
"Why are they letting this affect their project?" The studio probably sees it at bad P.R. Although Chris Brown beat his girlfriend and was invited back to perform at the Grammys so who knows.
axalon on Aug 15, 2012
They're just drawing more attention to the scandal than necessary. I can't imagine carrying on normally would have hurt the franchise significantly, especially compared to compromising the story and removing the titular character. Sent on the TELUS Mobility network with BlackBerry
OfficialJab on Aug 15, 2012
You can talk about keeping personal things private all you want but when it clearly effects the casting/production process of a movie, it obviously shows its more than that. Keeping the director and dumping the actress (no matter your thoughts on her acting ability) for reasons something BOTH of them was stupid enough to engage in, just smacks of some kind of unfair business there.
Dbe on Aug 15, 2012
Stewart wasn't the only problem with that movie.
Jeff Metzger on Aug 15, 2012
They should just recast Snow White and continue with their original plans.
DRM on Aug 15, 2012
Here's another idea that will solve all of these problems... How about just not make a sequel/prequel/spinof of this movie ever !! Problem solved
Tester on Aug 15, 2012
Agreed. Why isn't anyone discussing the best option.
hawk99 on Aug 15, 2012
This is both awesome and disheartening. On the one hand; o can't stand Stewart and I think she has the emotional range of wood. I think they cast her to try and bank on her twilight "fame". But there really is no meed to completely change course when there are so many other actresses that could easily step up to the plate. Personally I'd cast Ilsa Fisher.
Eric Wilson on Aug 15, 2012
Who the hell saw this for any reason other than Charlize Theron?
Stavi on Aug 15, 2012
NO Need for the sequel, it was a horrible movie anyway.
truong18 on Aug 15, 2012
I quite enjoyed Snow White & the Huntsman, but does it need a sequel period? No. All I can think of about a movie with just the Huntsman is a grown man living in the woods with the dwarves mourning Snow White. That's not going to get butts in the theaters.
Katy Cacolice on Aug 15, 2012
The director had an affair. Big f*cking deal! It happens all the time! It's their personal life. So much for "santity of marriage". LOL!
The Truth on Aug 15, 2012
Do you even know what "sanctity" (you spelled it wrong) means?
Josh on Aug 15, 2012
... who the hell cares what they do with their lives beyond the movies anyway? Still, I see it as an improvement to have another movie without BECAUSE OF HER "ACTING" not her personal life. And if they think they have a good story (I trust David Koepp) why don't recast the part and done with it?
Yahzee on Aug 15, 2012
I don't think it would have been such a big deal if Rupert Sanders' wife didn't tell him that if he worked with Stewart again then she would leave him.
Sean on Aug 15, 2012
The producers better make sure there aren't any young women in the movie or have their director watched closely. You just don't know if ........well you know .
Guest on Oct 23, 2012
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