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 »
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 »
If you’d like to see Ben Affleck with a stunning Seventies beard, Chris Hemsworth and Martin Freeman each surrounded by a bunch of dwarves or the first image from Ben Wheatley‘s follow-up to Kill List, this post is for you. After the jump, see new images from Ben Affleck’s Argo, Rupert Sanders‘ Snow White and the Huntsman, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
The Great Snow White Showdown of 2012 has been brewing for about a year and a half now, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a tiny bit longer to see how things shake out. Mirror Mirror has pushed its release date back by two weeks from March 16 to March 30, the better to take advantage of spring break and the Easter holiday. Snow White and the Huntsman is still scheduled to open June 1.
In the meantime, though, we have a couple of new looks at both in the form of a behind-the-scenes video from Mirror Mirror and a just-released photo of Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. The more we see of each, the clearer it’s becoming that whatever their respective strengths or weaknesses, the two movies are very different beasts. Hit the jump for more.
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Here’s the teaser trailer for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the entry in the Great Snow White Race of 2011 that appears to be focused more on action and dark fantasy than anything else. Evan Daugherty wrote the script, and studio interest in his take helped kick off the Snow White fever that we’re seeing culminate with this film and Tarsem’s Mirror, Mirror.
Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen who wants Snow White dead, Sam Claflin as the Prince, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman who is tasked with killing Snow White, but preserves her life and trains her in survival and combat instead. Check it out below. Read More »
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We don’t usually highlight the release of a new advertising banner for any given film, as those banners are typically just a way to present existing art assets in a slightly new form.
But the last time we saw any imagery from Rupert Sanders‘ Snow White and the Huntsman was at Comic Con, when Universal released a quartet of character images. Now a new banner for the film highlights three of those characters, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth).
More interesting is the fact that the background of the image suggests what the movie around the actors is going to look like. We’ll see a full trailer for the film on Thursday, but for now check out the art in full below. Read More »
Even though the film has yet to go into production, Universal decided it would be vital to present Snow White and the Huntsman, their movie competing with Tarsem’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to the fans at San Diego Comic-Con. They flew in the four main stars (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin), had director Rupert Sanders shoot a concept reel to give everyone an idea of the scope and look of the film and even made the actors poses for press shots as their characters. After the jump, check out those images and read our impressions of what’s in store for the Snow White film that’s described as being “on the scale of Lord of the Rings.” Read More »