After they were caught cheating, Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders likely won't work together again in the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel. The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Universal Pictures has decided to shelf the planned sequel and dropped Kristen out of the franchise.
As a replacement to the scrapped sequel, Universal planned to make a sort of spin-off movie which focuses on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman. According to Los Angeles Times, the studio said that Kristen "could still be a character in that film." An insider additionally revealed that director Rupert might still be attached to helm the Huntsman movie.
In addition to Kristen, the franchise lost its screenwriter David Koepp. According to sources, David is settled out of his contract as the project is now transformed into something other than the original script the scribe was hired to write. Commenting on the issue, Universal's spokeswoman said, "The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise."
The abrupt decision was made in the wake of Kristen and Rupert's headline-grabbing scandal. Universal initially planned to make two films featuring Kristen's Snow White and a movie focusing on Huntsman. As for now, the studio aims a July 2013 start date for the Huntsman film right after Chris wraps "Thor: The Dark World".
Before losing part in the "Snow White" franchise, Kristen decided to let go one of her upcoming movie projects "Cali". Though so, she has recently landed a part in "Lie Down in Darkness", an adaptation of William Styron's 1951 novel about a dysfunctional Virginian Loftis family.