Universal to focus on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman in Snow White sequel

Kristen Stewart unlikely to return



Universal have seemingly clarified their plans for the upcoming sequel to Snow White & The Huntsman, with THR reporting that the studio will focus on the character of the Huntsman second time out.

The studio had always considered focusing on Snow White in the first movie and the Huntsman in the second movie, and have decided to move ahead with that plan.

Screenwriter David Koepp will not be retained for the sequel, while the suggestion is that Kristen Stewart will also be departing. She may still appear in a cameo capacity, but she will not be the lead. 

Focusing in on one character might help streamline the narrative somewhat. One of the main gripes with the first film was that the plot tried to crowbar too many characters into too slight a storyline.

On top of that, there's the obvious point that Chris Hemsworth's star is very much in the ascendancy, and his Huntsman character has plenty of potential to carry a solo film. 

Continuing a Snow White franchise without the titular heroine might seem odd, but given that she had a full story arc in the first movie, there might not have been a huge amount for her to do in a sequel. Especially as we imagine it'll now be titled just 'The Huntsman.'

Whether or not director Rupert Sanders is retained by the studio remains to be seen. The studio hope to begin shooting the film by July 2013, when Hemsworth's schedule opens up (he's currently busy on Thor: The Dark World).

Is a Huntsman spin-off a good idea? Tell us your thoughts, below!


    • Ali1748

      Aug 15th 2012, 15:36

      As much as I like Hemsworth I see this as more to do with Kristen Stewart's promiscuous outlook on life.

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    • smellyhands

      Aug 15th 2012, 16:28

      Yeah, the timing of this news is hardly coincidental.

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    • Kellend11

      Aug 15th 2012, 20:38

      How about Universal, you just don't make another one? Then you wont have to go through all that trouble of having a Snow White sequel with no Snow White in it, and there will no doubt be people complaining about Kristen getting dumped but the director not - I am one of those who does not think it is fair. Therefore, no sequel needs to be done!

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    • marc96

      Aug 15th 2012, 21:51

      wouldnt it just be easier to get someone else to play snow white? its not like her acting has set a high bar...

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 15th 2012, 22:26

      From what I've read Rupert is contractually obligated to return for a sequel so that's why he's not being ditched. I'd imagine Kristen would have signed a similar deal hence why they're going ahead with just The Hunstman.

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    • McSerious

      Aug 15th 2012, 23:35

      Ali has a point... A director contractually obliged to do two films is directing two films, and actor with the same deal could pop up for 30 seconds and then disappear. That's why Chris Evans said he wasn't likely to appear in a cameo before Avengers, because he was contracted for a certain amount of films and the studio were concerned he could then turn around and say a cameo counted as one... I think. My memory might be hazy on that.

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