Universal seem confident enough in Snow White and the Huntsman that they’ve set about trying to snare Jurassic Park and Spider-Man screenwriter David Koepp to draw up a script for a sequel. The idea, say Deadline, is to get things moving fast enough that Rupert Sanders, director of the first film, could move right onto the second without taking time out for another movie first.
I know why they’d want to keep him – buzz says that Sanders is going to make a name for himself with this film.
Incidentally, part one was initially written by Evan Daugherty, with subsequent drafts by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil‘s John Lee Hancock and Drive‘s Hossein Amini. Eclectic bunch, which somehow makes more sense of the wildcard David Koepp selection.
The last we heard on this possible follow-up, the suggestion was that it would focus on the huntsman, and Snow White would move on. I’d speculate that this might be down to the different contracts of Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth – perhaps she didn’t want to commit to a run of these films, but he did?
Or maybe it’s a studio’s fear of hanging a franchise on a female lead that would bring about this odd right-turn.
I certainly can’t imagine the artistic motivation behind building a franchise out of this fella. At least, not without seeing the film.
Snow White and the Huntsman opens on June 1st, with the UK also getting preview screenings on May 30th.