By: Eric Eisenberg
Nearly a year before the movie even came out the folks behind Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman were talking about the film as the first of a franchise. In an interview producer Joe Roth – who also worked on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland– said that the idea was to have Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron return for a trilogy of movies as the Snow White, The Huntsman, and Ravenna, respectively. Now the movie has been released and the story hasn’t changed.
According to Deadline, Universal has already hired David Koepp to write the script for a sequel and have entered talks with director Rupert Sanders to have him return for the second feature. The site says that Sanders is excited by the prospect of coming back, but isn’t contractually obligated as the script was won at auction with the director part of the package deal. This means that if the studio wants him back bad enough he can make them pay. While the first film, which was only released in theaters one week ago, didn’t do terribly well with critics, it had a surprisingly solid first weekend, pulling in $56 million over three days. Factoring in international markets, the movie has already made $118 million globally, but still needs to perform well in coming weeks to make back its $170 million budget. This week it sees a challenge in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Madagascar 3.
David Koepp is known for being a go-to guy for blockbusters. In his career he’s written scripts including Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels and Demons and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His latest directorial effort, Premium Rush, arrives in theaters this August.
Source: Cinema Blend