Universal Pictures has quashed reports Kristen Stewart has been dropped from The Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, although it’s still unclear whether Rupert Sanders will be brought back as director.
Stewart will reprise her role as Snow White in the film franchise, despite reports in the Hollywood Reporter – which quoted unnamed sources connected to the production – that the aftermath of her affair with Huntsman director Rupert Sanders had made the project untenable.
Universal was reported to be developing a spinoff from the main narrative, orientating the next film around the Huntsman character – played by Chris Hemsworth.
“We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise,” Donna Langely, the co-chairman of Universal Pictures, said in a statement to TheWrap. “Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”
Universal has committed itself to a sequel of this summer’s film despite its reasonably modest success at the box office. The film grossed $389 million on a production budget of $170 million.
With the studio looking to hire new writers for the next film, it looks increasingly unlikely they will allow The Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders to reproduce his talents on the sequel after his affair with Stewart caused a tabloid feeding frenzy.
Sanders does have other irons in the fire. Universal has optioned the Dean Unkefer book 90 Church: the True Story of the Narcotics Squad From Hell, and are sounding out whether Sanders would be interested in helming the project, which would see him reuniting him with producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel.