WASHINGTON, June 28, 2014 – Universal’s June 2012 Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart in the title role, had a worldwide gross of near $400 million ($170 million cost) earning it a sequel, but without the popular leading lady – either Snow White or Kristen Stewart.
Actor Chris Hemsworth, the Huntsman in the 2012 film, is talking to Universal about the development of The Huntsman, a movie spin off from the female centric Snow White to the male hero genre. A move that makes sense with his star rising, even as some say Stewart has cooled following the final teen juggernaut Twighlight.
Reports are that the wicked queen will return from death and that actress Charlize Theron will reprise her role.
Stewart and director Rupert Sanders created a media stir just after the release of Snow White when it was leaked that the married Sanders and the famously committed to Robert Pattinson (Twilght) Stewart, had a steamy on set affair.
An affair that will not die.
Joan Rivers accused Stewart of sleep her way to the top in her book Diary of a Mad Diva and speaking at a recent press conference for his film, The Rover, scorned Robert Pattinson said, the Hollywood media is spinning as in response to the betrayal: “I think loyalty is probably the most important trait in a friendship. It’s definitely very important.”
However that is not the reason for the spin off to a male centered story, it was the plan all along as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter who reported that NBC Universal Studios president and COO Ron Meyer said:
“Snow White and the Huntsman doesn’t appear to lend itself to a sequel, Universal thinks it can do more movies based on the character of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) if it is successful.
Director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, early The Walking Dead) is in talks to direct the film.