As news of Kristen Stewart’s affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders broke, no one gave much thought to how this might affect the movie where they met.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal has decided to move forward without Stewart in the role of the fairy tale character. Actually, it looks like they have decided to move forward without anyone in that role.
“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,” said the Hollywood Reporter.
A source told the publication that the once-conceived sequel to the fairy tale will now be a spin-off focusing on the Thor star. Not only this, but the writer of the original film will also not be returning.
“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,” said the Hollywood Reporter, “as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write.”
The studio has not commented on the move or whether it is in response to the news of Stewart and Sanders’ affair. There is also no word on whether Sanders will return to direct the next film.
“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,” said the Hollywood Reporter. “Universal did not respond to a request for comment.”
The decision may have been an easier one than dropping Stewart and hiring a new actress for the part. This way, the studio can say they have decided to go in a different direction rather than address the controversy.
However, there could also be other reasons for the move. Stewart is currently the highest paid actress in Hollywood, and the decision could simply be a budgetary one.
"The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise," a Universal spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter.