Snow White and The Huntsman has performed pretty well here in the UK, especially since it benefited from the half term and the extended bank holiday thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. Even though the film has been met with mixed reviews, the ticket sales are positive, and very good news for Universal who planned to turn the story into a franchise all along.
The plan was to make a trilogy focusing on Snow White, The Huntsman and Ravenna, and news today says that Universal is quickly moving forward with their plans. They have already hired David Koepp to write the sequel, and are currently in talks with director Rupert Sanders to return to direct. However, with the first film being Sanders’ first feature length film, the contract was done on a first time directors deal. The film was sold at auction by the CAA which included a presentation by Sanders on how he would shoot the film. With Sanders and producer Joe Roth being part of the package, it gave Universal the chance to make a much better deal. However, with no contract for a second movie, and with Sanders now in demand, Universal may have to work out something a little better to get Sanders back. Saying that though, word is that Sanders was very excited about doing another film.
In other news on the sequel, Deadline reports that it is believed that the main cast have options for two sequels in their contracts, which means they all will be returning. David Koepp being hired to write is also very promising news as he is certainly well established in the movie world. He has written many films and screenplays including: Premium Rush, Angels and Demons, Jurassic Park, Panic Room, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Carlito’s Way, Mission Impossible, Stir of Echoes, Secret Window and War of the Worlds. It sounds like the sequel is in good hands!
More as it develops.
By Matt Wavish