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Rupert Sanders' 'Snow White and the Huntsman' was a surprising project in many ways. It was near the crest of this wave of fairy tale and/or history re-imagination tidal wave and was actually the second of two Snow White revisions to be released last year, and definitely the better of the two. The offscreen romance between star Kristen Stewart and director Sanders was also rather unexpected, and made for juicy headlines. However, the biggest shocker of all is that Stewart managed to star in a contemporary fantasy film...that didn't suck! As soon as 'SWatH' wrapped, word got out that a sequel was in the works, but a new director would be required to replace Wyatt who was, unsurprisingly, let go. It was said that the sequel would steer the story away from Snow White and more toward The Huntsman (played in the first film by Chris Hemsworth). Now, it appears that plan may have to be altered, as Stewart has just confirmed that she will indeed be returning for the followup movie.
I really did enjoy 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' and I say that as someone who tends to think Kristen Stewart was not so much born as she was molded out of fiberglass and vapidness. To her credit, she really brought it when playing Snow White. Now admittedly it may be that she was just exploring the novelty of making an actual effort, but I dug her in the movie nevertheless. That being said, I was kind of excited to see the second film split off and talk more about The Huntsman. I am convinced that no small part of that anticipation was predicated upon how much his 2012 cinematic triumphs, 'Cabin in the Woods' and 'The Avengers,' stoked my raging man crush on Chris Hemsworth. What? Don't judge. (Clears throat) Back to Stewart for a moment, my hope is that the evaporation of the 'Twilight' franchise will allow her to focus on continuing to bring her best to her performances and therefore benefit 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2.' A lot of this is also going to depend on who ends up directing.
What do you guys think? Thoughts on Stewart's return? Would you have been more likely to see a 'SWatH' sequel that focused on the Hunstman? Who should helm the next movie?