Sequel buzz was strong before “Snow White and the Huntsman” even opened, so news that Universal has greenlit a follow-up is hardly a surprise, especially after a better-than-expected opening weekend of $56 million.
Universal has hired David Koepp (who penned “Spider-Man” and “Jurassic Park”) to write the script, which will pick up where the first film left off. The studio is also reportedly trying to get Rupert Sanders back in the director’s chair, although he’s not contracted for a second film. Stars Kristen Stewart and Hemsworth are under option for both and eager to return, while (SPOILER), Charlize Theron’s evil queen won’t be back, so a new fairy tale villain will have to be found.
While out promoting the film, Hemsworth joked that he and Stewart are writing the sequel script themselves, “‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ [will be] written by us, and it might be more of a straight-to-video version if they let us write it.” Stewart added, ”It’ll be better. Our version? We’ve basically written it. No, I’m kidding. We’re gonna write the second one, all of us [in the cast].”