Surprising since the Twilight actress has repeatedly shared her excitement about a sequel.
“Oh, it’s gonna be f***in’ amazing. No, I’m so excited about it, it’s crazy,” Stewart told Indiewire in December 2012 about the sequel.
“I’m not allowed [to talk about it]. The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, ‘Whoa, stop talking about it.’ So no, I’m totally not allowed to talk about it.”
“Oh my God. F***, yeah. Absolutely,” she said on whether a sequel should be made. “And we’ve got a really amazing … [smiles] So, yeah. It’s all good. [laughs]”
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The Wrap also confirms that director Rupert Sanders will not direct Huntsman 2.
One interesting take on all of this is the possibility that decisions for the sequel could be fallout from one of the biggest celebrity scandals of 2012 involving Stewart and with her Snow White director, who were snapped getting very cozy with each other during filming. The scandal led to a divorce for Sanders and a breakup for Stewart with her longtime boyfriend and Twilight costar, Robert Pattinson. Some speculate that there was no way Universal would go ahead with plans for a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel with the duo.
According to The Wrap, Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont is apparently in negotiations to direct Huntsman 2.
Since the sequel is likely to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s role as the Huntsman, this may be another explanation for Stewart’s cut. Who knows? Perhaps the character of Snow While will not even make an appearance in the film. If Stewart does return, it would most likely be “limited to cameo” or a “handful of brief scenes.”
In fact, the title may also be changed to reflect the focus on the Hunstman. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film’s title will indeed be The Huntsman.
On the other hand, Charlize Theron is likely to return as the evil queen.
Snow White and the Huntsman grossed nearly $400 million worldwide. The sequel is slated to premiere in 2016.
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