Kristen Stewart Cut From the Snow White and the Huntsman Franchise; Stewart's Expression Remains Unchanged
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Kristen Stewart Cut From the Snow White and the Huntsman Franchise; Stewart's Expression Remains Unchanged

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 15, 2012 | Comments ()

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News has arrived that Universal has decided to ditch their Snow White from their worldwide $389 million grossing Snow White and the Huntsman. Universal has opted, instead, to spin-off the series into a movie simply about The Huntsman.

Creatively, that's actually not a bad choice. Stewart was kind of an inert Snow White, and the biggest draw to the movie was Charlize Theron and the catapulting star of Chris Hemsworth. Theron's character (SPOILER ALERT FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO YELL AT US FOR NOT USING A SPOILER ALERT FOR OBVIOUS FUCKING ENDINGS) dies in the end, and I seriously doubt anyone wants to see a the love story between Hemsworth and Stewart's characters work itself out. The best business decision anyone can make, really, is to hire Chris Hemsworth, tell him to take off his shirt and swing his sword around a bit, and keep Stewart as far away as possible.

Apparently, this idea wasn't a new one, entirely. The original plan was two do two Snow White films and then spin-off the Huntsman character in a third. They've just eliminated the second film.

Obviously, people will assume that this has something to do with Kristen Stewart's affair with her Snow White director, Rupert Sanders, whose involvement in the sequel is still up in the air. But that's not entirely clear, and whether there was an affair or not, this was probably the best move on Universal's part.

David Koepp, who wrote the first screenplay, has been settled out of his contract for the sequel.

Here is Kristen Stewart's face before news of her firing.


Here is Kristen Stewart's face afterwards.


(Source: THR)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • toby

    What a very clever, brave, perceptive article. I'm sure you never did anything stupid when you were 22. Dustin, you're a wanker.

  • The best business decision anyone can make, really, is to hire Chris Hemsworth, tell him to take his shirt off and swing his sword around a bit


  • Archie Leach

    Stewart explains why she cheated:

  • fracas

    I wonder if she has a case for sexual harassment. In any other industry that would be a consideration. Boss has sex with you, you lose your job. I guess it probably hinges on what led up to the sex.

  • Pookie

    White guy that didn’t know how to eat pussy gets cheated on, other white guys that were nerds in high school decide to get back at the girl that punked the white guy in the first place.

  • I wouldn't be interested in a Snow White movie without Snow White, so why not have SW grow up a bit and recast the role with an older, wiser, sexier actress who can actually actress her way out of a wet paper bag? Just about any actress around 10 years older than KStew would do.

  • smijca

    I will always and forever encourage anyone who says KStew can't act to watch "Speak." That was some muthafreakin' actressin' and KStew brought that character in the book on which that movie was based to life. She has talent. I firmly believe that said talent was swallowed up by the hot mess that is "Twilight." "Twilight" ruins EVERYTHING.

  • Fredo

    Sexist? Probably.

    A business decision? Definitely.

    Kristen Stewart is about to hit the same marker that Mark Hammill, Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe all hit -- when the big money-making saga you were the focal point of ends. So far she's been both smart and lucky in picking other projects that either keep her in the spotlight (like Snow White) or let her work with creative people (like Adventureland).

    But any producer looking to hire her was hoping she could bring a chunk of her Twilight audience to whatever new project they're doing. If this scandal is going to hurt that, then she loses a great deal of her pull for people to hire her.

    Is that punishment? Is that unfair? I can't say. It's about business. Angelina Jolie kept working through her affairs because it didn't affect business.

  • hapl0
  • ,

    She has a lot of forehead there for someone to brand or at least photoshop an A on.

  • BWeaves

    How is Snow White a trilogy anyway?

    Movies do not have to be fucking trilogies!

    LOTR's was technically one book, just too long for one movie. (It was the publisher's decision to break up the book for printing, not the author's.)

    Star Wars technically started with episode 4, although it's the only trilogy where the 2nd movie (episode 5) is the best and not the worst.

  • ed newman

    Toy Story 2 and the Godfather 2 would like to have a word with you.

  • BrassCupcake

    SpiderMan 2 and X Men 2 are also waiting for a word.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Toy Story 2? *wrinkles nose*

  • InternetMagpie

    NO NO, JORO.

  • gp

    stop that nose-wrinkling!

  • gp

    that was meant for jo.

    gah discus!!

  • gp

    THAT was meant for magpie!


  • Sara_Tonin00

    Huh. Those are some of the prettiest photo(s) I've seen of her...

  • BrassCupcake

    She is a terrible actress. From my point of view, I don't see this as sexist. It is just a good choice for a studio to make. Have any of you people read the reviews on SWATH? I actually paid good money to watch her spend most of the film making her typical "did I just fart?" face. She made me want to shake her just to see if I could get a reaction out of her so it is no wonder that the director banged her....he was just trying to get her to convey an emotion other than confusion.

  • melissa82

    I didn't think she was bad, but oh my god that last shot.....she does not have the gravitas to pull off a final shot.

  • bleujayone

    All things being fair, director Rupert Sanders should find himself watching the next chapter on the sidelines knowing full well he quite literally screwed himself out of it.

    What we need is a studio toady to take over the helm. Someone who has had a history of picking up already established movie franchises and making safe but otherwise useless and obvious cash grabs.

    *picks up phone

    "Get me Rob Cohen!"

  • Guest

    *Larry* Cohen would be my preferred director for the sequel.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Why wasn't this mentioned anywhere in the past couple of weeks?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Nah, she cheated on her boyfriend. The *director* had the affair.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    She wasn't actually signed up for the second one anyway...

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    You guys can have your Hemsworth phone book movie (tentatively titled Lats for the Local Exchange) when I get Lohan in a por...what? Softcore? Well then, let us celebrate our arrangement with the adding of chocolate to milk.

  • NeverBeenHer(e)

    It's really unfortunate that it took an affair to end her career, rather than the obvious fact that she is physically unable to contort her face into more than one and a half expressions.
    Kirsten Stewart should not be acting (they say she should be bathing instead?), but not because she decided to have sex with an un-bedazzled grown up.
    Feeling sorry for her takes all the fun out of it. I almost want to go watch Snow White now

  • Scully

    Dustin, I think you used the same picture twice on acciden...oh! I see what you did there.

    /taps nose knowingly

  • athena23

    "The best business decision anyone can make, really, is to hire Chris Hemsworth, tell him to take off his shirt and swing his sword around a bit." I am SO on board with this. Can they film it next week and send it straight to DVD? Or my house?

  • jvb

    i'll be in my bunk...

  • "The best business decision anyone can make, really, is to hire Chris
    Hemsworth, tell him to take off his shirt and swing his sword around a
    bit, and keep Stewart as far away as possible."

    Seeing as there is just not enough swashbuckling going on, I completely support this, and the ladies getting their Hemsworth eyecandy.

    If KStew were a good actress, she wouldn't be getting kicked to the curb like this, sexism notwithstanding.

  • ed newman

    Sorry but you're wrong. She could be Meryl Effing Streep and she would still be kicked to the curb after this. It's not like the producers hired her for her acting skills in the first place--they'd all seen the Twilight abominations. They hired her for her ability to open the movie. That's it, the only reason. Once her ability to open the movie was in doubt, the kicked her to the curb. Don't blame Hollywood, people. They just want to make some cheddar. Blame the public that has turned on her. It's not sexism, it's business.

  • Ted pikul

    I'm curious if there was any backlash in England back in the 90's when Kenneth Branagh and HBC got together and he split with Emma Thompson, because I feel all three were BIG TIME back then (at least to me). Their fanbase wasn't nearly as obsessive as KStew's, but I don't remember anyone getting dropped from projects because he or she cheated. Different times.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    There was probably some hubbub & brouhaha, but since the history of British theater and cinema is one of high-level acting couples virtually partner-swapping all across the boards, no, I don't think anyone was dropped from projects.

    Neither were Brad Pitt or Angelina dropped from projects after they hooked up. The difference here is that actress involved is an icon to teenagers, and more specifically, to teenagers who are particularly intense about everlasting romance. AND that she is the stand-in for themselves - they just can't understand how she might reject the gifts they would die for.

  • You do realize that you just agreed with me?

  • ed newman

    Not entirely. I was disagreeing with the statement "that if KSTEW was a good actress she wouldn't be getting kicked to the curb." It has nothing to do with her actressin'. She got kicked to the curb because there was doubt that she could put fannies in the seats.

  • I personally think she's shit as an actress, but Jesus H.G. Wells leave her the fuck alone. Leave Rupert the fuck alone too. They got caught, whoops, but who the hell cares?

    Let them make more shitty movies, and slowly fade.

  • Maguita NYC

    I know it's early, and the first cup of coffee has not had time to wake-me up yet properly, but Dustin, this whole thing sounds like good old sexist Hollywood is yet again punishing the unmarried temptress, while the poor victim, i.e. married cheating pig with children, is almost guaranteed to have a thriving career.

    I haven't seen Snow White, but I heard good things about Stewart's performance as well as Hemsworth's. The movie made money and a good portion of it was because of the Twihards. As for Theron, apparently she was too over the top, more caricature of a power-hungry shrew than truly bewitching.

    So, to salvage this in any way or shape, they better fire Sanders as well. No matter my dislike for Kristen Stewart, the motherfucking pig who put his family life on the line should get as much punishment from the situation, as the idiot who agreed to at least dry hump this a-hole out in the open.

    Oh, and yeah, I would watch Hemsworth shirtless reading a phone book as well. For at least one hour straight.

  • luckypete

    I'm surprised that people still think the studios would get rid of a cash machine like Stewart over an affair. This is Hollywood, where actors (and directors) are always involved in some bad thing or another. She probably wanted too much money for what the studio thought her performance was worth. Period. Money drives almost every Hollywood decision. Not morality.

  • And I

    If you have this kind of vitriol for Sanders and Stewart, I can't imagine how much you must loathe Ethan Hawke, Meg Ryan,
    Russel Crowe, Kate Hudson, Jude Law, and Brad Pitt, right?

  • Scully

    Agreed. This news makes me far more sympathetic to KStew. Poor kid.

    Also, she was pretty good in Snow White. There. I admit it. I like her. Bring on the pitchforks and torches.

  • valerie

    Poor NOTHING. She was the face of two franchises and made a huge Public mistake. I am very surprised they are keeping the director but it would be an obvious publicity mess to keep her on as Snow White. There would be no way of avoiding negative media coverage. She's the face that does interviews, he is not. That's that. It prob wouldnt happen to a male actor in the same situation, but the fact that her goodwill is already so limited puts her over the top. She did this to herself and her career will bounce back from it just fine.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Agree and disagree Maguita NYC. Having seen S.W.A.T.H. I have to agree with Dustin that Stewart was "inert" at best, usually channeling a lesser version of Michela's stankface. Charlize was the only halfway interesting thing on screen- besides Hemsworth's loins - and she did her best with the material. Her evil queen was actually somewhat sympathetic and interesting and had the good grace to slink around in glorious costumes. So while there is definitely that sexism stink, I also think it's believable that Stewart doesn't have the strength to carry a sequel based on her acting capability now that the Twihards hate her so and thus are unlikely to turn out in support. Universal is also probably thinking of how couch jumping Tom Cruise "ruined" War of the Worlds and just decided to wash their hands of the mess. I suspect they will also quietly dump the director (he will of course bounce back in a few years).

  • Maguita NYC

    I can't pretend to have liked or disliked Kristen's performance in SWATH, for I have yet to see it. As you can see from the comments, opinions are divided, and so were the critics'.

    However, I can honestly say that her performances in Adventureland and The Runaways were more than fine, even likable in Adventureland. She is also getting rave reviews for On The Road.

    Yes, her personality stinks, or rather, the personality she presents in interviews, and all those middle-fingers to the paps, make me not really like her. But thankfully, I am able to not fall into blind and weirdly obsessive hatred for someone i don't really know. I can hate Polanski, proven child rapist and escaped convict though!

    The thing is, in regards to this situation, the following has been confirmed in the last 18 hours:

    - Although Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders, and Chris Hemsworth have been rumored to have signed on SWATH 2, only Kristen had lost on the role.

    - Your suspicions of Rupert being dumped are unfortunately false. Reports are confirming that he will be directing a SWATH spin-off with Hemsworth. Only SWATH 2 is for now shelved, if it later goes on, it apparently will without Stewart.

    - Universal confirmed this morning that they bought "90 Bottles" for Rupert Sanders. They haven't bought the rights to the book, and later on confirmed Sanders as director, no-no, they bought it FOR HIM.

    And that is how Hollywood punishes a philandering jerk.

  • Maguita NYC

    @e578af8fe9446ecb3c66b35f55461d72:disqus It is unfortunate how the situation is looking more and more as K. Stewart will be the sole bearer of the "affair".

    The brunt of it should have been at least equally distributed between her and Sanders. As @Sara_Tonin00:disqus puts it further below, she only cheated on her boyfriend, while Sanders cheated on his wife. Not to mention that most probably, seeing how social media is rampant in schools, his children are miserable as well.

    However, I must voice my disappointment at Kristen's shitty strategy so-far. Remember when it was perpetrated that Angie was screwing with a then-married Brad? What did she do? She held her head very high and went to all red carpets. Done all interviews, and looked everyone in the eyes with an "I dare you to say anything" attitude. And Brad was married to American's sweetheart at the time, and no kids.

    Maybe people expected nothing less from Ange. Back then, she was reputed to have broken a few engagements, relationships, and was perceived as a man eater.

    What with Pattinson manning up and honoring his responsibilities towards his movie, and being quite endearing in the act, Kristen is looking worst for apparently shirking hers and not showing up for On The Road promotional tour... She was badly counselled...

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Maguita, I'm sad to see that the facts are bearing out your initial guess of sexism. Not surprising, but still disappointing. However, I stand my criticism of her *acting* in SWATH as I have no wildly obsessive hatred of her and don't have have any real knowledge of her personality (I merely wish for the Twilight mania in general to fade). I am open to the possibility that she is good in other things which I have not seen, but I genuinely found her performance entirely underwhelming and one-note in this (the afore mentioned "lesser stank-face" refers to her disinterested mono-expression, not her personality). I really had such high hopes for this movie when I first saw the stills/previews and was disappointed in everything but the visuals.

  • BendinIntheWind

    The philandering jerk will get credit for making the massively successful movie; the young actress will get cut out of the sequel because she was clearly the weakest chain of said movie.

    Feel free to beat up on him as a human being: he truly is disgusting, and I think the tabloids jumping to slut-shame KStew rather than setting their sights on the much older and "responsible" husband/father she hooked up with screams of sexism more than anything Universal could have done. Their decisions are entirely business-based. Since directors are largely out of the public eye in comparison to their actors, dropping the "face" of the scandal is a much smarter move than dropping the guy who quietly orchestrated a huge profit for the studio and his involvement in this little fiasco will likely be glossed over by the time his next film premieres.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Its sad because shes just a 22 year old kid who wanted to bone an older guy, like it wasnt right but shes a dumb kid and now her career can get nice and ripped apart. I didnt care for her all that much but im also not her target demographic. And regardless of what people like to claim she is an attractive chick that can be pretty on screen.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I'm not saying she deserved to get tossed from the sequel. I feel for her because, yeah, she made a dumb mistake, but if I was famous at 22 I'd probably look like a massive asshole to most people as well.

    But I wouldn't call it sexism - I don't think I'm alone in being underwhelmed by her acting, and the studio was able to cut ties with the both scandal and their weakest player in one fell swoop.
    Like I mentioned above, I'm more infuriated with the fact that the married guy with kids seems to be getting a much lighter treatment in the public eye. He's a cheater as well, but no one seems to care because he's not dating a sparkly vampire.

  • InternetMagpie

    I agree. I really though money may trump sexism, but I guess not.

    At any rate, this really makes me SUPER EXTRA-BELIEVE that this whole thing was not a publicity stunt.

  • ted pikul

    Yes, it has an awful stink. It's also a pretty quick decision considering the sequel/next in the franchise won't come out for a while. From a $$$ perspective, it's confusing. Will KStew really hurt the box office that far out in the future?

  • KatSings

    I'm not gonna lie. At this point, if they made the movie "Chris Hemsworth Reads the Phone Book - Shirtless" I'd be there opening weekend.

  • blorft

    I would also be open to some sort of production along the lines "look at the size of Chris Hemsworth's arms compared to every day objects like loaves of bread and babies!" The phone book idea incorporates the unassuming accent, though, so good call.

    I have officially spent too much of my morning thinking about this.


  • Lemon_Poundcake

    Agreed. Somebody needs to make a Tumblr of Hemsworth holding things.

  • Anne At Large

    As much as I love the unassuming accent, have you seen the radio show where they had him call somebody and do the Thor voice? I am going to need some Thor voice in there too. Babies, you can keep.

  • Amory

    swing his sword around a bit *giggle*

  • BWeaves

    I'm 8 years old, too. Snort.

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