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After blowing by box-office projections with approximately $56 million last weekend, Snow White and the Huntsman looks to be getting a sequel. Deadline reports that Universal has begun to put the necessary pieces in motion for a follow-up, including hiring venerable screenwriter David Koepp to do the scripting honors.
“Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders, who made his feature debut with the fantasy revision of the famous fairy tale, is seriously considering returning to the franchise though he is not contractually obligated to do so. Stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth have contracts allowing for two sequels (unsurprisingly).
With just $118 million worldwide to date, Universal still needs the film to stay strong in the coming weeks and make a bigger dent in the international box office. The budget is estimated at $170 million. At the same time, it’s great news for a studio that’s watching its Battleship sinking stateside.
The critical reception has been rather mixed for “Huntsman,” though it’s worth nothing that the script was somewhat rushed in order to compete with Relativity Media’s Mirror, Mirror, a competition that proved to be the furthest thing from fierce as that film came and went without so much as a breeze. “Huntsman” was initially intended for a December 2012 release.
Have you seen “Huntsman” already? Would you be interested in a sequel?