Turns out, Kristin Stewart is no longer the fairest of them all.
At least, not in the eyes of Universal Pictures. The studio has decided to drop the actress from the sequel to “Snow White And The Huntsman”, after her scandalous and very public affair with the film’s director Rupert Sanders became a PR nightmare for all involved.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s inside sources, Stewart “will not be invited to return if the follow-up goes forward.” An unnamed spokesperson told the trade, “”The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise.” At the time of the film’s release, Stewart was supposedly still in a relationship with her “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson, while Sanders was still married. Now, it’s not known if the director will also be axed, though the sources hint that he might return. Writer David Koepp however, has opted out of the sequel.
Universal is apparently scrapping their plans to make a direct sequel and instead will focus on making a movie about The Huntsman, who was played by Chris Hemsworth. THR’s report also adds that this doesn’t entirely derail the studio’s plans. The original plan was to have two more movies that would feature the Snow White character and then they would give The Huntsman his own film, similar to what 20th Century Fox did with “The Wolverine”. They’re just adjusting their plans as a way to distance themselves from the bad press surrounding Stewart.
Production on the as-yet untitled sequel is expected to start in July next year. More developments as Electroshadow gets them…