Deadline has gotten word David Koepp, the scribe behind such hits as JURASSIC PARK and SPIDER-MAN, has been tapped by Universal to pen a follow-up to the surprise hit SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, and Charlize Theron are already on-board (thanks to the sequel clauses in their original contracts) and Uni is in early negotiations with director Rupert Sanders to return.
Sanders recently teased his thoughts about a potential sequel to MTV: "I think the corruption of power would be the second one. I think we've created this very chaste girl who's got to this position and now she's in this position of supreme power. We wanted to be contemporary with the theme here and I think in the next film we'll do the same. There's so many examples of people corrupted by power. When we were talking about it, myself and [producer] Joe Roth, there were so many things happening in the newspapers of these very powerful men abusing that power in hotels and sports locker rooms. People who get powerful sometimes lose their bearings and abuse that power and that's kind of an intoxicating theme."
Couple that tease with the hints dropped by Universal head honcho Ron Meyer that future installments would have a greater focus on The Huntsman (Hemsworth) and his backstory and you’ve got the building blocks the next big fantasy epic franchise. Sounds good to me.
USELESS KNOWLEDGE: Lily Collins auditioned for the lead in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN but lost to Kristen Stewart. Collins was later cast in Relativity’s rival Snow White pic MIRROR MIRROR.