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.