NO WHITE, JUST THE HUNTSMAN: Kristen Stewart Dropped From Sequel? —UPDATED With Studio Denial

NO WHITE, JUST THE HUNTSMAN: Kristen Stewart Dropped From Sequel? —UPDATED With Studio Denial

UPDATE: Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley has issued a statement that denies the story from The Hollywood Reporter that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Says Langley, “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.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Well, this was unexpected: when the so-called “cheating scandal” between Snow White and the Huntsman star Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders broke in the media, word was that when it came to the sequel – that was being written by David Koepp – Stewart would be staying and Sanders would not be invited back. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the opposite may turn out to be the case. Notes the story, “Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel to June’s Snow White is being reconceived as a spinoff movie [focusing on the Huntsman]. It’s unclear whether director Rupert Sanders will return, though one source with ties to the production says he will. However, screenwriter David Koepp, who had been hired to pen the continuation of the original film, is being settled out of his rich contract, according to sources, as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write….  It is highly unusual for Hollywood studios to drop stars of franchises between the first and second installments. 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.” If the film goes forward, it will likely go into production next July when Chris Hemsworth’s schedule frees up.

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