So … the fall out from the Kristen Stewart cheating scandal is starting to take shape as Robert Pattinson begins to emerge from hiding in order to promote his new film Cosmopolis and K. Stew continues to hide out in the hole she’s undoubted crawled into. A report from The Hollywood Reporter claims that Stewart has been axed from the planned sequel film to Snow White and the Huntsman … which, in case you’ve forgotten, is the film where she met married director Rupert Sanders and apparently started up their affair. Some people are spinning this story by saying Kristen wasn’t been fired from the film because the script hasn’t even been written … so there’s nothing to be fired from. BUT, there is no way that before this cheating scandal came to light the plan was to make a Snow White sequel without Snow White. Whether she was technically “fired” or not, it seems clear that the movie studio is looking to distance itself from Kristen Stewart … very likely because of the scandal that she is embroiled in right now.
Universal has decided to shelf its planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and is instead focusing on a solo Huntsman movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Kristen Stewart will not be invited to return if the follow-up goes forward. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel to June’s Snow White, which starred Stewart, Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, is being reconceived as a spinoff movie. It’s unclear whether director Rupert Sanders will return, though one source with ties to the production says he will. However, screenwriter David Koepp, who had been hired to pen the continuation of the original film, is being settled out of his rich contract, according to sources, as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write. “The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise,” a Universal spokeswoman says. The move comes in the wake of Stewart, 22, and the married Sanders, 41, apologizing publicly for a romantic affair after compromising photos of the duo were published in July. (Stewart was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.) While it might have been awkward for Stewart and Sanders to reunite for a sequel, it is not clear why the decision to move forward without Stewart was made. 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. But Stewart, one of Hollywood’s top stars thanks to the Twilight franchise, commands a hefty salary. Declining to pick up her option would shave millions from the budget of a second movie.
While I believe, yes, Kristen Stewart hasn’t technically been “fired” from the sequel, it really does seem clear to me that IF a follow-up film is made the plan is move the focus away from Stewart‘s character Snow White … which seems like a really bad idea. How can you make a Snow White sequel without Snow White? If the studio really is intent on distancing themselves from Stewart, I don’t know that a film focusing on The Huntsman is a good enough idea for a movie. After all, as the article cited above states, Snow White and the Huntsman was only a modest hit. It remains to be seen if Kristen Stewart will be dropped from other planned projects but … maybe this would be a good time for her to take some time off and let the dust settle as much as possible.