Universal has had a rough summer so far. With Battleshipbombing at the box office, Snow White and the Huntsman was seen as a win for the studio as it took the top spot at the box office despite negative reviews. With a worldwide gross of already $118 million, Universal will still have some time to go before getting back the reported budget. However, a sequel has been in the works for a couple months now, and it seems that with Universal seeing this as a potential money making franchise, the studio may have finally pulled the trigger to bring a second film to life.
Deadline reports that with a script from David Koepp in the works, the studio is looking to bring everyone back together for a second installment of Snow White and the Huntsman. The actors allegedly have options in their contracts for the first film that include two additional films, so it seems that Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Claflin will return for the second time out (Charlize Theron remains unknown).
Director Rupert Sanders is said to be “interested”, though he’s gained plenty of offers in the weeks headed up to the film’s release. Sanders is reportedly trying to figure out his next film, and if he decides to return for a second film it will likely not get underway until later this year due to Chris Hemsworth’s planned production in the coming months for Thor 2. It’s unclear how fast Universal would get the film out the door especially with special effects obviously needing a big polish, but it could very much be headed for a Summer 2014 release.
The biggest problem lies on how the film does iin the coming weeks. Though it’s grossed a substantial amount so far, rumors place the film with $170 million spent on the film’s budget. While the debut is big for a non-sequel, Universal’s loss on Battleship means the studio will likely look to Snow White to hopefully make a profit. And if it doesn’t? Well, a sequel may just take a little longer to get going.
Universal rushed to get the first film made due to the rival Snow White picture Mirror Mirror, but with most of the Snow White pictures out the door now Universal is not facing opposition. This leaves about a year for pre-production if filming were to start around this time next year or even early next year. This lets Koepp to get a script out in the coming months, with rewrites able to polish and perfect the script before hand (which should make naysayers of the first film happy). Then again, this is if the project is able to sign Sanders no problem and the director chooses it as his next directorial effort.