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Frank Darabont To Direct 'Snow White And The Huntsman 2,' Kristen Stewart Might Not Return

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 26, 2014 6:42 PM
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Update: THR reports that the spinoff is now titled "The Huntsman" and Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return....but not Kristen Stewart.

So, remember all that talk about a "Snow White And The Huntsman" sequel? Well, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself, because it looks like the gameplan is changing. Yes, Universal still wants to make a followup, but they're changing course a bit while hiring a pretty top-tier name to be the guiding light.

Deadline reports that Frank Darabontpreviously shortlisted with Gavin O’Connor and Andy Muschietti — is now in talks to direct a "Snow White And The Huntsman" spinoff. That's right, the plan right now is apparently to focus on Chris Hemsworth's character, while Kristen Stewart remains in doubt to return. If this all sounds familiar, well, it is, because way back in 2012 the rumor was that Stewart was being dropped, though those reports were denied not long after. No reason is being given for Stewart's possible departure — maybe she lost interest, or perhaps Universal wants to focus all their energy on the guy who plays Thor.

It should be noted that Darabont only seems to be directing at this point and not writing, and it's not clear who is penning the script just yet. But we reckon we'll find out in short order.

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  • Jo Crawford | July 17, 2014 2:41 PMReply

    Guest, you are way off the mark there. Now Thomas Jefferson, who was third president of the United States, had Sally Hemming as a housekeeper AFTER his wife died. Now Libby Ross seems to be alive and well. Rupert Sanders made the remark that he was in love with Kristen Stewart BEFORE he could legally touch her. Sally Hemming was a grown woman over 21. How old was Kristen Stewart when Rupert Sanders first saw her ? Kristen Stewart has made 329.1 million for SWATH. This is a movie guest where the bottom line and only the bottom line counts. If she help make that much in the first movie, don't you think she should be in SWATH 2?

  • Guest | July 18, 2014 3:41 AM

    Stewart was 21 when she met Rupert Sanders and 22 when she admits to having an affair with him. Since she'd been working in films with adults since she was 12, I don't think you can use age as an excuse for anything.

    She knew right from wrong and she chose to have an affair with a married father of two anyway. Even after she knew his wife and children. She chose to be dishonorable and yes, they will be talking about her sleazy affair as long as she lives. Get used to it.

  • Jack | July 5, 2014 5:14 PMReply

    Kristen Stewart has certainly affected some people. In my opinion, she is just a girl who is living her life and we need to butt out of her personal life . I am sure we would not want people interfering or criticizing our life choices. So she disappointed you, you think. You do not know much, mostly rumors and bad opinions directed at Kristen.

  • annoyed | July 6, 2014 4:45 AM

    lot of Kristen fans are happy to use what they believe is true in he personal life to defend her, after the affair sites were very defensive, using Rob to stop nasty comments, "he loved her don't make nasty comments it will upset him" which I don't quite understand think comments will upset him morethan her cheating on him, ? or dragged into it,he ended up getting nastier articles than her,
    it wouldn't be so badif thy were choices/ mistakes that just effected her , but theyre not they effect other people and their lives and careers , people might be less crossif she atleast seemed to care
    when most people mess up they are not dragging people through thetabloids, publicly,

  • Guest | July 5, 2014 8:20 PM

    The problem is, she chose to live her life in public when she hooked up with Rupert Sanders on a public road and then issued a public apology. They're still talking about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, two hundred years after the fact.

    And they'll still be talking about Kristen's affair with Rupert for as long as she lives. It was her choice, you can hardly blame people for being offended by it.

  • Ray | July 1, 2014 12:10 PMReply

    Only circus playing lately are the people still talking about a 2 year old picture. Let it go. You are not perfect either, try and work on your closed mind.

  • annoyed | July 5, 2014 9:30 AM

    I doubt anyone on here would say they were perfect, or have never messed up or believe they wont
    but when we mess up we are not dragging other people into the tabloids, publicly humiliating people
    our mistakes and the media support, mainly ara not encouraging young people its fineto treat people however you want to get what you want , ok not to careabot anyone or how your actions affect other people
    most people atleast have the decency to mean their apologies, regret them would do anything to undo them, and do their very best not to re make thosemistakes
    which cant beaid boout Kristen, half heartedapoolgies which resulted in Rob having worse articles, five minutes later she is back to 'l do what I want

  • annoyed | July 5, 2014 9:22 AM

    it would be easier to let it go if the sequel she new she would be re considered for was being discussed because she hasn't been, because of the affair wit the director and or becauseit only made 220m profit off a $170m budget
    two films two years later have links to what happened so it will be rediscussed,
    doesn't help to let go when gossip/celebrity sites are trying to link everything he says in the rover interviews to be about her, previously if hetalked about love or relationships it must be about her, now he's "dissing her" asked about frienships and loyalty,wich he said are important,which he has being asked, and talked about before, reffering to the film, then he was asked about his opinions, done to turn people against him, tying to say he is being nasty about her, she CHOSE to have an affair, then name Rob in the apology when she hasn't named him before

  • annoyed | July 5, 2014 7:42 AM

    it would be easier to let it go if she hadnt immediatly signed up for a film, or had she already? I cant find any info, about having an affair with her boss, when she had just had an affair with her boss in real life, doesnt help in an interview for the film she said, "live life and show us what you learnt" was the affair, practise? then at the same time, i dont know if its true or said to cause a row but the girl she was spending a lot of time with and ? if they were involved was lesbian,(no I dont have an issue with people being gay, only when its been used to prejudice people against seeing his films) the whole thing is very odd, ive always found it difficult to take to her, but she doesnt make it easier with how she behaves,explains herself,
    or "Im sorry" followed by actually I dont care I'll do what I want,fact she is defended by expense of other people(discrediting/not money)

  • Windy | July 2, 2014 6:19 PM

    lol, everyone is still talking about the FIFTY photos, not "a" picture, and the public apologies Kristen and Rupert issued in People magazine. When you crash and burn like that in public, no one forgets and people will still be talking about it ten years from now.

    Joan Rivers was just on The View yesterday, hawking her new book by repeating her joke about Stewart's role in Hollywood - "Many stars only do one thing well. Of course, the best one-trick-pony is Kristen Stewart, who got a whole career by being able to juggle a director's balls."

    Joan's book is satire, but the statement is written as truth, especially with the backdrop of Kristen's very public, self-inflicted wound over her relationship with her married director, Rupert Sanders.

    Joan has made it clear ... she doesn't care how Kristen feels about the book. The passage stays in.

  • Sammie | June 29, 2014 2:43 PMReply

    Ditching Kristen Stewart was the smartest thing Universal ever did. She's a giant albatross around their neck and they made the right decision to get rid of her. She has enough negative baggage to fill a 747.

    Since she made herself into tabloid fodder with her cheating scandal, her life is a circus and who would want to be involved with that mess? She's carried on with Alicia Cargile for almost a year now, playing the "keep 'em guessing" game she loves so much.

    If I was that desperate for attention I would go into therapy. I expect to see new pics of her out getting coffee with Alicia or doing something else equally newsworthy, just to counteract all the bad press she's getting from this SW2 news.

  • glo | June 28, 2014 2:11 PMReply

    Big mistake. Not Snow White. Not going to see it. KStew made studio a lot of money. Shame no one has vision. She's a good kid.

  • Green-eyes | June 29, 2014 2:48 PM

    She's "a good kid"? Seriously? She was a 22 year old adult when she chose to have an affair in public with her 41 year old married director. She made a deliberate choice and since she's "comfortable" with her mistakes, she's not even sorry. She's shown no remorse because I think she doesn't think she did anything wrong.

    She lacks the morals and decency required to portray someone like Snow White and be believable. I'm never going to contribute to the box office of a film that she's in, so Universal made the right decision. I will never understand women supporting a homewrecker and disparaging the wife, the wronged party. It's insane.

  • Nina | June 28, 2014 1:03 PMReply

    That's good 4 movie as kstew is really horrible actress
    She only has one expression...

  • haya khalid | June 28, 2014 10:37 AMReply

    love u Kristen and Robert but HATE u sooo much RUPERT .....

  • ayesha pattinson | June 28, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    there soooo many other actresses who can play the snow white like JENNIFER LAWRANCE .... its good that she is not playing this ..........

  • kristin stewart | June 28, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    thx to GOD ... she is cheater she deserve this ...... her work is just kissing directors not acting

  • kristin stewart | June 28, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    I like it

  • haya khalid | June 28, 2014 10:26 AMReply

    thx to GOD that she is not in next snow white ... its perfect

  • ayesha pattinson | June 28, 2014 10:25 AMReply


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  • Nikki | June 28, 2014 9:12 AMReply

    I think this is a typical Hollywood stunt to get people talking about this movie and work up Kristen Stewart fans and non-fans. When they "change their minds" and add her to the movie script, it will be dramatic and they will have an even bigger turnout for the movie of which translates to more money for Hollywood. Well done, Hollywood.

  • pratiksha | June 28, 2014 6:02 AMReply

    Kristen shld b in d movie plz

  • Hilary | June 28, 2014 4:55 AMReply

    Well thats ok but i certainly wont be going to see it if Kristen isnt in the film!

  • Final say on this matter | June 28, 2014 4:20 AMReply

    Let me assure you makers of this movie that with the former lead it will tank. It was only buoyed by the other two leads, Charlize and Chris. Many people avoided a movie which obviously was miscast. Let me assure you that you will get better Box Office success without the Razzie winner. Look at the comments below, made by her handful of delusional fans. these are a minority. Her failure with OTR and any of her indies should indicate to you she has no Box Office pull , IMO.

  • Jo Crawford | July 17, 2014 3:43 PM

    Final, you must be lost in the dark forest or down on the tracks. Kristen Steward is a very good actress along with Chris and Charlize. She won the razzie because of haters like yourself and because of Rupert Sanders who said and I quote " I was in love with Kristen BEFORE I could touch her." Sounds like a pervert instead of a director. So you think 329.1 million dollars is something to sneeze at? She did not fail with On The Road. Now the Twilight Saga's (all five) were brilliant or maybe you would like to take that up with Bill Condon and the other directors. What about PANIC ROOM, SPEAK and the other movies she has been in ? Read her biography. Incidently, you have the entire cast to thank. You hate Kristen so much, you are ready to pull her apart and feed her to the crows.

  • talia | June 28, 2014 8:42 AM

    @final say on this matter-i disagreed with you that the film will have a better box office if it does in fact get made for one simple reason which is that Kristen has a bigger fan base than Chris and charlize combined.

    As someone who has been a fan of Chris since he was on home and away, I can honestly say that even though he is great as Thor,Tom Hiddleston as Loki is the reason many people went to see Thor. Chris still has to prove he can carry a film with his name alone which he will do in time.

  • Leslie | June 28, 2014 4:16 AMReply

    I never saw SWATH because it was miscast with the lead role. I felt cheated because I love Charlize. BUT, without Kristen, I will run to the cinema. THANKS.

  • Shay | June 28, 2014 2:22 AMReply

    The reason I didn't watch the first one was because of Kristen. I might actually watch this second one.

  • Leslie | June 28, 2014 4:13 AM

    ITA. I might actually be able to stomach the sequel, sans the wooden plank that bit her lip.

  • chris | June 28, 2014 12:06 AMReply

    We want K-STEW in SNOW WHITE... Kristen Stewart may not be the best actress in some ways but she did a great job in SWATH. Please reconsider Universal. Please.

  • Leslie | June 28, 2014 4:14 AM

    Yes, it would be amusing if she was in it to see the headlines about the affair. There would be speculation about the new director. Juicy.

  • D.K. | June 27, 2014 6:18 PMReply

    What???!!! No! Please don't. What's the point of having a Snow White movie without Snow White??? SWATH 2 was THE movie I was planning to see in 2016 but now I have my doubts. Kristen Stewart may not be the best actress in some ways but she did a great job in SWATH. Please reconsider Universal. Please.

  • B. Frye | June 27, 2014 6:03 PMReply

    I will not be attending a SWATH movie without Kristen as Snow White in it. The whole idea of no Snow White is ridiculous -- really who wants to see a movie like this. I thought KS was great as Snow White and enjoyed the movie. Obviously many agree with me. -- why are they fighting success?

  • YAy | June 27, 2014 5:21 PMReply

    Thankgod, I saw the first just because of Stewart and Charlize cause the movie was pretty weak, without them I have no reason to watch this sh*t, I'll save some money and go see American Ultra and Mad Max 4

  • roz | June 27, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    Huge mistake to eliminate Snow White from the sequel - the huntsman will not be able to carry the movie - certainly not to the tune of $400 million - many factors to cause pause - a) time elapsed from original movie b) the momentum of the ending of the original, basing the main focus on the huntsman? really? Do you think he can hold attention throughout the entire movie? really? Let's not forget the arrogant

    - heartless character he was initially until he found compassion and admiration in Snow White. Their story should continue if not then do not link it with SWATH - Let it stand alone completely disassociated. ps if Stewart is not in it - I won't waste my time - js

  • Ugonna Wosu | June 27, 2014 2:46 PM

    its a prequel, they don't need Snow White.

  • Reggie | June 27, 2014 10:58 AMReply

    What's Snow White without Snow White! It wouldn't be worth seeing without Kristen.

  • jessica | June 27, 2014 8:55 AMReply

    I wont watch it if Kristen isn't in it. Mainly because i'm a huge fan of hers and I hate watching movies that change their characters. its not appealing.

  • Shirley | June 27, 2014 7:53 AMReply

    Little girls need Show White and Kristen Stewart is Snow White. I will not go see another Hemsworth movie as a replacement. He could do his usual part blind. Universal is being stupid!!

  • annoyed | June 28, 2014 6:07 AM

    a female in a leading role is good for girls to see. you think kristen stewrt is a good role model?
    people with drug problems etc. need support and credit when they overcome their problems, not praise to a drug addict, by her admission not gossip, someone who has an affair, apologises by dragging someone else into it, who ended up having nastier articles than she did and he had nothing to do with it, then shes back to i dont care i'll do what i want attitude,constantly swearing , making snide nasty remarks, constantly discrediting other people when theyre trying their best, how is this a role model you want girls to see ?
    Anna please explain what makes kristen sweet?

  • Maria | June 27, 2014 5:37 AMReply

    Thank God that Kristen isn't in this movie!!! This movie already ruined her professional as well as personal career. She's better off without it! I love the fact that she dropped off.....Good for her. Love you Kristen! Go do movies that makes actual sense, like Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Stone...

  • UniversalJoking | June 27, 2014 5:03 AMReply

    Can't imagine who would go see this movie - two principles (in the 30-40 age range) in a story for kids that is missing the actual fairy tale protagonist?? Better hope Thor fans go ga-ga over Hemsworth trading in his groovy Thor hammer for a woodsman's axe. But that seems unlikely as it was females who drove the the original SWATH to $400 million. Hate to say it but this doesn't sound the least bit appealing to the target range. At all.
    It's actually kind of funny... who's the marketing person I send flowers to?

  • JOSE FAT | June 27, 2014 4:17 AMReply

    the guy from THOR nobody wants to see him being anything other than THOR................We want K-STEW in SNOW WHITE...

  • RYAN BIEBER | June 27, 2014 4:14 AMReply

    kristen stewart is the reason i went to see SNOW WHITE, i couldn't care less about THE HUNTSMAN, so they better hire Kristen and make SNOW WHITE 2 in 3D and IMAX 3D and for NO more than $125M....

  • nancy | June 27, 2014 3:08 AMReply

    I'm not going to see the movie with out Kristen she has to be in the movie

  • Tris E | June 27, 2014 1:41 AMReply

    Wait, people commenting here actually liked Kristen Stewart's Snow White? When it was the EXACT same performance as Bella Swan? Or hell, ALL her other roles ever? You've got to be kidding me. You can try to defend her all you want, but it took two to tango in that affair that's derailed both their careers and ruined the prospects of this franchise's sequel. But, actually, this kind of spin-off is what I (and any sensible audience) would've wanted to see anyway. The Huntsman and the Dwarves were entertaining and fun, while she was wooden and boring.

    It was clear from the get-go Hemsworth's Huntsman was the interesting and entertaining character. Especially his banter and interaction with the dwarves. That right there is the line-up for a Lord of the Ring-ish team-up for this spin-off right there. The only thing that character has in common with his Thor is their muscular builds. One is a blond, magical hammer-swinging Asgardian prince with a Shakespearean accent while his Huntsman is a brown-haired, axe-wielding, Scottish-tongued, widower. EVERY role Hemsworth has been doing in the past few years (Thor, Huntsman, Rush, Red Dawn) has been different, including the accents (British, Scottish, American, etc.). The same cannot be said of your precious KStew, who was vastly overpaid for her Snow White ($35 million according to iMDB) and it essentially was Bella in another movie (not even an appropriate English accent for this film? Ugh). I'm curious how they're going to resurrect Theron's dead Ravenna. And why? Should just make up some newly-original adventures for Huntsman & the Dwarves, even have Sam Claflin's Duke William the Bowman tag along.

  • july | June 27, 2014 12:24 AMReply

    not watching the movie without Kstew character being snow white

  • Annasmith | June 26, 2014 11:51 PMReply

    Mother of three won't take her three girls if Kristen is not in it. Rupert Sanders is the discusting one here, talk about take advantage of this poor sweet down to earth girl.

  • hawk | June 26, 2014 11:24 PMReply

    Easy for me, without Stewart I'm not going to see this film.

  • Lisa Bradwell | June 26, 2014 10:50 PMReply

    No Kristin, Count me out.

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  • Jun | June 26, 2014 10:42 PMReply

    All seven of the original producers bailed... think Stewart and all smelled a turkey in the oven. Poor Hemsworth, at the time of SWATH 1 he signed on for two. The prospect of marketing this is making me laugh - preteen girls going to see it for Charlize? Don't think so. That means Universal is planning on getting all the boys to run to see a Huntsman movie? Lulz....

  • Figures | June 26, 2014 10:04 PMReply

    Figures that they develop a film with a strong, central female character, make a bunch of money at the box office, and turn it over to the old boy's club. We already have a couple Thor movies, do we really need another one? I actually liked the first Snow White movie -and Kristen Stewart's Snow White- and was looking forward seeing where the story would go. Count me out for the Thor/Huntsman "spinoff."

  • Good | June 26, 2014 8:39 PMReply

    Best for both Kristen and Universal.

  • Sam | June 26, 2014 8:26 PMReply

    I will be happy if Kristen is not part of the spinoff. Her career seems to be going well now that she is back doing interesting indies. She has been getting great reviews in her latest roles. Being in the spinoff won't do any good for her career. She does not need another franchise.

  • sammies | June 26, 2014 8:33 PM

    LOL .

  • Slen | June 26, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Pass. Darabont works best when he also pens the script. It also helps when it's the work of King he's adapting. Also adapt Long Walk already Frank!

  • Jo Crawford | July 17, 2014 4:01 PM

    Are we a little jealous because we cannot make the money that Kristen does?? Oh I just bet we are.....Poor Sam...

  • owlmama | June 26, 2014 7:26 PMReply

    " Maybe she lost interest"? LMAO, please, The Playlist never changes. She's been DROPPED, deal with it!

  • guest | June 27, 2014 7:28 PM

    OWLMAMA AKA BETH...quit spamming the board.

  • SmarterOwl | June 26, 2014 10:45 PM

    She was never signed on for 2 like Hemsworth was. This is her decision, not Universal's. Aren't there some Pattinson pics for you to go lick?

  • david | June 26, 2014 7:26 PMReply

    I would not be surprised if Kristen lost interest and dropped out of this "iffy" and long gestating project. I am not surpsed that Frank Koepe has dropped out as well. There is a glut right now of fairy tales adaptation and who knows how Frank is planning on doing this 'spin off" using the huntsman's character which was pretty shallow in SWATH.

  • beth | June 26, 2014 7:39 PM

    LOL, she didn't drop out, she's been dropped. Deal with it.

  • owdl114 | June 26, 2014 7:18 PMReply

    He hasn't made a movie since 2007, far too long for someone with his talent to be absent for. Here's hoping that this being a success means it can fund more big screen projects for Darabont namely, The Long Walk and Fahrenheit 451.

  • Eric | June 26, 2014 7:11 PMReply

    Is anyone really surprised Universal doesn't want to focus on their tarnished Snow White? Stewart's affair with the very married Rupert Sanders pretty much derailed her sequel chances. When she made herself into tabloid fodder, she kissed her big budget studio career goodbye.

    There are too many other fresh, talented actresses with good reputations who can easily do the parts she would have been offered. Just look at Jen Lawrence, Shailene Woodely, Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfriend, Soarise Ronan, Emma Watson, Hallie Steinfeld, etc. The list goes on and on.

  • alistwin | June 27, 2014 1:25 AM

    And yet Sanders hasn't kissed his big budget studio career goodbye, apparently. BS.

  • NANNY | June 26, 2014 7:10 PMReply

    I'm so glad that the twilight chick is not returning. She makes each movie literally unwatchable. Zero charisma or acting skills. Now I'm considering watching it.

  • Doc | June 27, 2014 1:25 AM

    Amen to that!!!

  • paul | June 26, 2014 7:05 PMReply

    hemsworth's character was the highlight of the first. if they are going to make a sequel to a movie that really doesn't need one might as well focus on the more interesting character out of the cast.

  • Joao | June 26, 2014 7:05 PMReply

    But David Koepp even hinted the mirror would be the villain in the sequel:

    "I felt like they had a really, really great idea that seemed like a natural extension of the story… Snow White is queen now, but the mirror is still there. It doesn’t bode well for our innocent little queen."

  • CS | June 26, 2014 7:00 PMReply

    LOL KStew hags will be having a massive melt down.

  • Thomas | June 26, 2014 6:58 PMReply

    I saw The Shawshank Redemption at an early screening at the University of Houston back in 1994. I knew nothing about the story or the writer/director Frank Darabont. After the movie, I was struck how moving the movie was. Darabont immediately became one of my favorite directors and I looked for every piece of info I could find on the guy.

    Yet since Shawshank, I have not really loved anything Darabont has done. I loved The Green Mile book and thought the movie was a miscast misfire. The Mist was a decent enough film and The Walking Dead had a decent pilot but am I alone in thinking Darabont has had a mildly disappointing career based on the commanding heights his career started off at?

  • Rod | June 26, 2014 11:44 PM

    absolutely. so damn disappointed with his recent output. The Walking Dead had a decent pilot, not great, and Mob City was horrendous. this sounds like a two-fer deal. direct this and they'll fund his next project.

  • Christian | June 26, 2014 7:11 PM

    Crushingly disappointing. The Shawshank Redemtpion and The Green Mile promised a healthy career.

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