It would seem that the situation between Universal Pictures and Kristen Stewart isn't as heightened as it seems. Following recent reports that have surfaced saying that the studio would be making the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel as a spin-off without Stewart, Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley has issued a statement saying, "We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false."
Last night a report surfaced saying that if a sequel was going to be made for the gritty fairy tale retelling that Stewart wouldn't be invited to star. Instead the film would focus more on The Huntsman, the character played by Chris Hemsworth in the first. The story was believed to be a result of the controversy surrounding the young actress and director Rupert Sanders. It was revealed last month that the two had an affair during production, even though Sanders is married and Stewart was dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson at the time.
It should be noted that the statement doesn't make any official statement about what the future of the franchise will be, possibly keeping the door open for the sequel to be a Huntsman spin-off anyway. The first film, which came out on June 1st and was a modest success for the studio. While it underperformed in America, making only $154 million domestically on a $170 million budget, the film was a hit overseas, pulling in nearly $235 million and brining the international total to almost $390 million. Keep checking back here for more developments with this story!
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