Kristen Stewart, David Koepp not returning for Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Snow White and the Huntsman 2 will not star Kristen Stewart or feature a script by David Koepp. The follow-up film will now be a spin-off focusing on the Huntsman instead. Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White is being completely cut out of the sequel film.
A Kristen Stewart middle finger photo:
Kristen Stewart Middle Finger
The conjecture on this decision:
While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off.
David Koepp wrote the first film, began work on the second, and has been quietly settled out of his writing contract “as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write.” It appears though that Koepp is not okay with escalation of the Huntsman being brought to the forefront so soon. “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.”
Even with Snow White and the Huntsman sequel now becoming a spinoff, the film’s future is still in doubt.
It’s far from clear whether a Snow White follow-up will ever get made. The movie was a modest hit for Universal, grossing $389.2 million worldwide on a budget of about $170 million. But Stewart, one of Hollywood’s top stars thanks to the Twilight franchise, commands a hefty salary. Declining to pick up her option would shave millions from the budget of a second movie.
Universal is looking for a new writer, and insiders hope to start filming in July when Hemsworth, who also stars in Marvel’s Thor series, becomes available.
Filming of the spin-off may transpire under the eye of a new director as well.
Unlike the stars, who were optioned for two sequels in addition to the first film, Sanders is not obligated to return. After Sanders and Stewart were outed, Sanders’ wife Liberty Ross (who played Snow White’s mother in the movie) reportedly forbade him from directing the follow-up. Stewart’s departure may or may not have changed things.
According to Digital Spy, “They are trying to work things out after he was caught having an affair, and that is one of the sticking points. She just doesn’t want him to ever work with Kristen again. Rupert is obviously disappointed because Snow White and the Huntsman was his directorial debut, and he had hoped on building on that. But he knows his actions were inexcusable, and he’s going to have to bite the bullet and listen to his wife on this one.”
Apparently, getting caught with your…ahem…hand in the cookie jar can have dire consequences.
What are your thoughts on Stewart being dropped from the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel? I think it is a big mistake.
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