Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Universal’s been unambiguous about its desire to see a Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but it’s been less clear about the direction it wants that sequel to take. After the studio fast-tracked the follow-up in June, news broke in August that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) could but cut out of the equation altogether — only for the studio issue a denial and insist that they were still “exploring all options.”
Now it looks like they’ve finally made a decision. Stewart is following up last month’s comments about the “strong possibility” of her return with an actual confirmation. More details after the jump.
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Briefly: Guess he’s not going to make the Van Helsing movie soon after all. Rupert Sanders made his big feature debut with Snow White and the Huntsman, and then made his tabloid debut by being caught making out with his Snow White star. That threw plans for the Huntsman sequel into some question, and in the wake of that speculation Sanders was said to be a possible director for the Van Helsing reboot that Universal has planned with Tom Cruise.
Now Sanders is doing a deal with Sony and New Regency to make his next film The Juliet, scripted by Henry Bean from a short story by Alfred Bester. As one of the fathers of science fiction, Bester won the first Hugo award for The Demolished Man, and wrote The Stars My Destination, which has been one of the great never-adapted properties to float through Hollywood.
The film will be “a love story set in a near-futuristic science fiction landscape,” and has been described as “Bonnie and Clyde in space.” [Deadline]
We’ll very likely see another film featuring Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character from Snow White and the Huntsman, but the precise details of that SWATH sequel seem up in the air. A small part of the uncertainty around that project is due to the public and embarrassing affair between Snow White director Rupert Sanders and his star Kristen Stewart. It’s a thing I hate even mentioning, because it should have nothing to do with anything other than their lives, but in this case it seems to be having some ripples in the film business as well.
So there’s another big project that Universal wants to get moving: the new version of Van Helsing that has Tom Cruise attached to star and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) scripting. And it’s starting to look like we might see Sanders stepping in to direct that film, with the potential Snow White and the Huntsman sequel going to another director. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
First Universal spun the classic Snow White fable into an action-adventure tentpole pic with equal billing for the Huntsman, and now fairy tale princess is about to get dropped from the equation altogether. Even before Snow White and the Huntsman opened, the studio was lining up plans for a sequel. And as of today, that follow-up is still moving forward — only it’s being reconfigured to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman, cutting Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White out completely.
While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off. More details after the jump.
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Snow White and the Huntsman was a slightly rushed production, and a (more than) slightly frustrating viewing experience, but it might be performing well enough that Universal is really going forward with a sequel. The studio started talking to David Koepp about scripting a sequel in the last couple months, and Koepp is now scripting a Hunstman sequel that Universal is looking to fast-track.
Who will direct? Rupert Sanders who made his feature debut with the first movie, is a very possible choice, but he isn’t locked yet. Read More »
Snow White and the Huntsman leaves the most interesting character out of the title: Ravenna, the so-called evil queen who wants Snow White’s heart on a platter. In this telling, the queen is a black widow whose appetite for power is driven by a consuming fury towards all men. Charlize Theron plays Ravenna not with subtlety — nothing in this would-be blockbuster is subtle, from the insistent effects to the poop jokes — but at least a sense that Ravenna nurses a great wound in her soul.
No other character is as captivating. Ravenna is a strange, wild jewel, flawed and brilliant. She’s more than just a cookie-cutter villain, and begs to be the center of the film. If Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent can get her own movie, why can’t Ravenna?
Huntsman doesn’t seem to know what it has, however. It wants to be a fairy tale revision, an action movie, a franchise opener. Even if the movie truly was hers, the monster can’t always be the center of attention; leave the camera on the shark in Jaws and you’ve merely got a documentary. But the film’s approach to retelling the story of Snow White, and of the Huntsman who saves her and the Prince who loves her, is so fractured that all the queen’s dark power is wasted. Read More »
Remember last year when the dueling Snow White films were such a big deal? Much has changed since then. The first, Mirror Mirror, is now in theaters and is doing okay. Reviews were solid but it’s not lighting up the box office or anything (Thanks Katniss). Next up is Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, described as the less family-friendly, more epic, action-packed spin on the classic story. The evil Queen (Charlize Theron) hires a fearless huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to find and capture Snow White (Kristen Stewart), but the pair instead team up – and enlist the help of eight dwarfs – to fight the Queen. It’s coming out June 1 but seems a bit lost in a vast release schedule of Summer.
The latest trailers have expanded the scope quite a bit, though, raising fan anticipation higher than ever. This latest video reigns in that massive scope and concentrates on the film’s costumes, including the many looks of Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, all created by Oscar-winner Colleen Atwood. Read More »
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The first Snow White film, Mirror Mirror, is due out in a few weeks but the second one, Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Therton, is still a few months out. It’ll be released in the United States on June 1 and while we’ve already seen a pretty revealing teaser trailer here, the shorter Japanese trailer for the film has some new footage. Check it out after the jump. Read More »