‘Snow White’ Spinoff to Feature Hemsworth’s Huntsman; Kristen Stewart NOT Out? [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 15th, 2012 at 2:07 pm,

snow white huntsman sequel Snow White Spinoff to Feature Hemsworths Huntsman; Kristen Stewart NOT Out? [Updated]

UPDATE: Deadline has word from the studio that Kristen Stewart is still part of the franchise. Scroll down for details. 

One of the more surprising hits of the year was Universal’s action-packed re-imagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman. After earning nearly $400 million at the box office, a sequel to the film was a given, but there was some debate over which direction the film would take.

A couple of months back, we shared the news that the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman would focus more on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character instead of the Snow White character. Now it’s being reported that Kristen Stewart’s Snow White won’t be in the sequel at all.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart won’t star in the film, which is now being conceived as a spin-off rather than a direct sequel. As a result of these changes, screenwriter David Koepp, who was brought on to script the film, is leaving the project and will be replaced with a new writer.

Interestingly, while shifting the focus to the Huntsman character was always in the plans, it wasn’t intended to happen quite so soon. As THR explains:

“…the original plan, according to sources, was to make two films featuring the Snow White character and a third film spinning off the Huntsman, similar to how Fox’s X-Men series has spun off Wolverine.”

So what prompted Universal to drop Kristen Stewart (one of Hollywood’s hottest and most bankable young actresses) from the project? While it’s likely not the only reason, it’s possible that Stewart’s recent cheating scandal may have played a role in the studio’s decision.

Kristen Stewart in Snow White Snow White Spinoff to Feature Hemsworths Huntsman; Kristen Stewart NOT Out? [Updated]

If you’ve been in a supermarket check-out lane in the past month, you’ve probably seen the tabloid coverage of Kristen Stewart’s affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Although both Stewart and the married Sanders apologized for the affair, it’s reasonable to consider that the relationship between the two might have impacted the sequel.

Then again, it’s not clear yet whether Sanders is even returning to direct the spin-off, so the affair scandal might just be a red herring. There are likely a million other possible reasons that Universal chose to go in a different direction – from Hemsworth’s rising popularity to Stewart’s oversized paycheck (which would only get bigger for a second film).

UPDATE: OR NOT. Deadline has gotten a conflicting report from Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley, who did not mince words over the matter:

“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.”

This would seem to suggest that Stewart is indeed still part of the franchise… for now. What happens down the line (like, say, the studio ultimately choosing to go in the “different direction” of Chris Hemsworth – or minimizing Stewart’s presences?) is anybody’s guess at this point. One thing IS for sure, though: the simultaneous news that Universal has tasked director Rupert Sanders with helming 90 Church (an upcoming crime drama based on a true story of cops vs. mobsters), could be the quiet indicator of how this now-awkward Snow White and the Huntsman situation was ultimately resolved by the studio.

We will have more news on the Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off as it comes out. Once Universal settles on a writer, the studio plans to start shooting the new movie next summer.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. What’s that sucking sound I gear?

    Yes, that’s right…….it’s the sound of KStew’s career quickly being flushed down the drain. And here I didn’t think someone could manage to shoot themselves in the foot worse than Lohan or Spears.

    • gear = hear ><

    • The Hollywood Hype Machine gives and it takes away….

    • Not a surprise. She isn’t ‘hot’. Has all the acting ability and range of a block of wood. Can’t wait for the toilet to reload without her! ~ Stark

      • man, how could you insult those blocks of wood?!

        I’m sure “Log” from Ren and Stimpy would be very upset if they read that.

        • Log could out act Kristen anyday.

        • Log. Ha! I still remember every word of that catchy jingle…but I can’t remember how old I am or my phone number.

          • Don’t Whiz on the Electric Fence, or on your PR image in this case…..

  2. Kristen’s life is a sordid mess to be sure compounded by
    the fact that she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
    She has made herself radioactive and it remains to be
    seen whether or not this meltdown has core damage.

  3. I think she still have a chance in the INDIE Movies. I hope so because in a perfect world, her personal life would not have mattered. But I wish her Luck! :)

  4. I liked the movie. Chris was the highlight though but Kristen wasn’t as bad as I thought shed be. Was wondering how the sequel will be but I’d rather see a huntsman movie

  5. That is hilarious.

    So the skip the Snow White Trilogy or sequel out of disdain for Kristen Stewart. lol

  6. They should also add a twist to the plot of the next movie, that would bring back Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.

    • Yeah, I wanted more Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen

  7. i thought they wanted a huntsman movie? wasn’t that said back in april?

    • You are correct.

  8. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit while watching it, though once it was over it seemed like a very hollow, unmemorable experience for the most part.

    Hemsworth’s Huntsman was one of the better characters in the film, once I got around his almost-but-not-quite scottish-sounding accent.

    Theron’s Raveena, though enjoyable, was a little too over the top for my liking and; to me, came off as unintentionally humorous from time to time. This, in turn, blunted how evil or sinister the character came across on screen. She ultimately appeared to be ever so slightly on the wrong side of crazy with a mild anger management problem. This may have been the intended direction of the characterization; since it made it into the final cut, but I wasn’t enthralled with it.

    Stewart did a fine job with her role but I can’t help thinging. when it comes right down to it, Show White was just a walking, talking MacGuffin rather than a full fledged character in her own right. The Huntsman felt more like the Protagonist and had a rewarding character arc. Raveena was obviously meant to be the primary Antagonist served up complete with a mildly satisfactory comeuppance.

    Snow White just seemed to be a plot device to move the rest of the film, with little to no memorable characterization. Spinoff or Sequel? Call it what you will, though this just lends further credence to my notion that Snow White was less Character and more Plot Device. I’m happy for them to bring back Snow White/Kristen Stewart in the Spinoffquel but if she’s out, will anyone really miss the fairest of them all?

  9. She got kicked out probably because of her affair with the director. Too bad she’s no longer the fairest of them all

  10. Its kinda obvious. The original director will likely return. No chance for him to come back if Stewart was still starring in the film.

    I don’t really think she is this huge draw. Outside of twilight what has she done besides this film that was successful in the box office? Every movie she starred in that was successful at the box office would still have been just as successful if any other capable actress was to play in her roles. No one goes to the movies to say ” I have to go see the new Stewart movie”

  11. I’m waiting for a Dwarves spinoff movie…

  12. Thank the gods…. no sequel!! They just saved humanity. I just wish I could go back in time and slap my past self before paying to see the movie. Definitely one of the worst for 2012.

  13. Whether or not it was because of the affair, this is still a smart move by the studio. The only interesting character of SWATH was The Huntsman. Snow White was just a glorified plot device and The Evil Queen was a clinicly bipolar psycho.

  14. that is better,because there is only one fairytale about snowwhite,so it´s good that they focus on the huntsman tale. they´ve made now two movies about snow white and the seven dwarfs but i think the hobbit will have the best dwarfs in cinema.

  15. eh, that’s what she gets. hoebag

  16. Yeah perhaps it has more to do with her being a terrible actress with no range whatsoever. I’m baffled how she ever got so famous, she ticks no boxes. Attractive, nope. Great actress, nope.

    People are realising that outside of Twilight she is useless. Now that franchise is coming to an end Hollywood is sat scratching their heads wondering what the hell to cast her in.

    And Hollywood hates sluts.

    I hope her career is done.

    • I don’t think Hollywood hates sluts, just ones that get caught in public. That and she really is mediocre in every way…..

  17. Yeah I saw this movie last night at a discount theater and despite wanting to like it I found myself totally uninterested. Was it Kristen Stewart, the familiar story, the seemingly uneven fighting skill of the huntsman?? Not sure but perhaps Ms. Stewart has similar feelings, she just lost interest…

  18. I still haven’t seen SWATH, but I think they should drop the project.
    A spin off about the Huntsman could be way too similar to Thor I think (especially if the Thor sequel is going the route everybody thinking it’ll go down – more fantasy than sci-fi), and with Hemsworth playing both characters he’ll just end up being type-casted for the rest of his career.
    IF the movie is gonna be original and do it’s own thing though, I’d definitely be interested.

    As for Stewart: she’s a horrible actress and not really attractive either IMO – I don’t know how she got to where she is (being so famous and bankable). Anyway, it’s all going down the drain for her now… and I couldn’t care less.

    • How she got so famous was Twilight. period.

      They cast a little known actress in the part for cheap and *suprise* the movie took off and became a hit. If the original movie had tanked she would have most likely just fallen off the radar.

  19. i think he is already typecasted !

  20. So let me get this straight; a 40-year old married man has an affair with a woman in her early 20′s and the woman is one facing the public scorn and backlash, while the man can go about his merry way?

    Red Stripe- “Hooray Double-Standard”

    • I’m pretty sure the director is getting his also (I believe he’s getting divorced) but the plain fact is, directors aren’t in the spotlight and under intense public scrutiny.

      Honestly, aside from some of the more prominent names, would you recognize most of them if they were walking down the street? That’s the only reason why she’s being flamed so badly. Directors can hide behind the camera and still be successful, movie stars can’t.

    • I’m sure the guy involved will get his when his wife drags him through court and takes more than half of this stuff (depending on where they are married). The reason why Stewart is getting all of the heat is probably because nobody knows who Rupert Sanders is and wouldn’t know him if they fell over him in the street. This little episode has given him a bit more camera time, but as a director all he has done is Snow White and Huntsman and commercials.

      Stewart has a career built on a teen romance fantasy that her little affair has shattered, and her fickle fans and even more fickle media have turned on her. She was living in a glass house,standing on toothpicks as is so her decision to be a rebel will end up costing her in the short run. Now if she has any actual talent then she should be able to survive this.

    • As a person whose wife (ex now) cheated on him, I could care less if either of them ever worked again. He made a commitment to his wife and then broke that promise by sleeping with a 20 year old floozy. I hope his wife takes everything he owns in the divorce. As for Kstew, she’s a home wrecker and not a very good actress. She’ll fade away as soon as the Twilight franchise ends.

      • It sucks you had to waste your time with someone who was dishonest and didn’t have the guts to just break-up like an adult. Karma tends to get to them at some point, at least on a personal level. In this case though the professional impact may not be as lasting. It is Hollywood after all, and if Woody Allen and Roman Polanksi still get decent amounts of work and awards then this will be a blip on the radar.

  21. Great news!

    Can’t stand Stewart’s “Mouth Breathing” expressions.

  22. I kind of wish that horrible Amanda Seyfried Red Riding Hood movie hadn’t been made a couple of years ago. I say this because there’s traditionally a Huntsman in that story, and there’s no reason why the sequel/spin-off to SWATH couldn’t have had the Huntsman teaming up with Red Riding Hood in some fashion.

    Granted, maybe they could take a page out of Jim C. Hines’ Princess series and make her a kick-ass huntress herself, if they want to go that route.

  23. “We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise.”

    What a BS PR quote.

    How can you be proud of a movie that only barely made back budget + marketing?

    170 mil = production
    100 mil = marketing

    revenues = 309 mil which means it made 39 mil (give or take) not exactly a hit out of the ball park considering the high production cost.

    • Guess Stewart had a contract, easier to get another director too. Boy all of this drama is probably more interesting then her actual acting performances….

  24. I’d be game for this WITHOUT Kristen Stewart. I like Chris Hemsworth and can’t wait for his next movie Red Dawn to come out. As for Kristen she literally put me to sleep while watching Snow White.

  25. Kristen’s sin in Hollywood is less her personal screwing around
    and more the screwing around with the upcoming promotion
    of the final Twilight film and upsetting that series fan base.

    Using her on any promotional tour is probably impossible
    with her generating more talk about her than the movie.

    She might be blamed for diminished box office
    and sins against box office are not forgiven.

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