Snow White and the Huntsman sequel will be shelved to focus on a solo Huntsman movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Kristen Stewart will not be invited to return if the follow-up goes forward, reports The Hollywood Reporter. It is being reconceived as a spinoff movie and it is unclear whether director Rupert Sanders will return, though one source with ties to the production says he will.
‘The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise,’ a Universal spokeswoman said. Kristen, 22, apologized publicly for having an affair with Rupert, 41. It is highly unusual for Hollywood studios to drop stars of franchises between the first and second installments. The original plan, according to sources, was to make two films featuring the Snow White character and a third film spinning off the Huntsman, similar to how Fox’s X-Men series has spun off Wolverine.
It’s far from clear whether a Snow White follow-up will ever get made. The movie was a modest hit for Universal, grossing $389.2 million worldwide on a budget of about $170 million. Kristen commands a hefty salary and declining to cast her would save millions.