Back in April the internet learned that Universal was considering moving ahead with a spin-off from their summer blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman, which would feature Chris Hemsworth in the main role as the Huntsman. The original plan was to still make a direct sequel to the movie, but that now seems to have changed. The Hollywood Reporter is sayng that, due to the recent scandal concerning Kristen Stewart and the movie’s director Rupert Sanders and the exiting of scribe David Koepp, plans for a sequel have been scrapped and the spin-off idea with Hemsworth is now moving ahead.
“The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise,” a Universal spokeswoman says.
However, sources tell the site that, strangely, Rupert Sanders is expected to return in the director’s chair. It’s extremely unusual for something like this to happen – the original plan was for two Snow White movies and then the third would be the Huntsman spin-off. Universal will want to set this up as their new franchise, given the failure of their other tentpole movie Battleship and the critical failure of The Bourne Legacy, and the original movie made $389.2 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million.
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