Plans for a sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart have reportedly been shelved by Universal Studios.
Directed by Rupert Sanders, Snow White And The Huntsman is a re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale starring Stewart in the title role and Chris Hemsworth as her love interest, Eric The Huntsman. The movie was released in May (2012) and grossed a respectable $389 million (£248 million) worldwide, prompting plans for a sequel.
However, the movie has since achieved greater notoriety after it emerged that Stewart cheated on her boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson with Sanders, a married father-of-two. The affair is believed to have taken place after shooting had wrapped, during promotional duties for the movie.
In the wake of the negative publicity, it is now being reported that the planned sequel is being “reconceived” as a spin-off movie starring Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. A Universal representative told The Hollywood Reporter: “The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise.”
It is not known whether Sanders will direct the spin-off, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart will not be asked to return as Snow White. Meanwhile, Universal are said to be hiring a new writer for the project. David Koepp, best known for Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible, had been signed to script a Snow White sequel, but he is expected to be bought out of his contract now that the project is being revised.
Stewart will next be seen in the final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which is due for release in the UK and US on November 16 (2012). Earlier this month (August), she dropped out of Cali, an upcoming indie movie due to begin shooting later this summer (2012).