Back in June, we reported that Universal Pictures is putting the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman on the fast track. Stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron already had deals in place to return for a follow-up, with Rupert Sanders in early talks to direct. However, that was before Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders' cheating scandal, which has altered the studio's plans. Universal is now moving forward on a new spin-off that focuses only on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart being left by the wayside.
We reported in April that screenwriter David Koepp was brought on to craft the sequel. Sources indicate that the studio is buying him out of his contract, since this altered project is vastly different than the one he had been hired to write. One insider believes that Rupert Sanders will return to direct, although that is not set in stone yet.
Universal's original plan was to feature two movies with both Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth's characters, before creating a spin-off with just the Huntsman. It seems this scandal has forced the studio to skip ahead one step. They are currently seeking a new writer, with hopes to start shooting by July.