They Done Her Wrong? Maybe Not.

Update: Just before the start of Tuesday night’s Hit and Run premiere at LA Live, a friend sent me Kim MastersHollywood Reporter story (filed at 5:10 pm) about Universal having decided to cut Kristen Stewart loose as part of a decision to forget about a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel in favor of a solo-stud Huntsman movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Stewart, Masters reported, “will not be invited to return if the follow-up goes forward.”

Screenwriter David Koepp has also disengaged/been disengaged from the project, says Masters…whatever this actually means or implies.

“Who jettisons Stewart, a star of a certain magnitude, off a sequel to a modestly successful fantasy actioner like Snow White and the Huntsman?,” I wrote in a brief column piece as I sat in the audience before Hit and Run began. “Universal, that’s who. In so doing they [seem to have] essentially proclaimed that KStew is a devalued commodity in the wake of her betrayal of RPatz…no? Are we living in the early ’50s? Box-office-wise, Universal appears to regard her as a kind of Hester Prynne. You’re supposed to ask whether a big studio would jettison a male star off a franchise under similar circumstances.”

But when the film ended and I turned the phone back on, a message from a Universal rep claimed that Masters had gotten it wrong. “THR story is not accurate,” a Universal rep asserted. “The studio is pursuing a Huntsman spinoff but exploring all options to continue the franchise. Nobody has ditched Kristen. No directors attached, no decisions made other than to look at a Huntsman sequel/spin-off. [So] we’re exploring options to continue the franchise and no decisions have been made.”

Update: Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley has released a statement that says “we are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

I don’t know what the truth is, but Masters has always been a reliable reporter and not given to invention. Did Universal make an early tentative decision about going pure Huntsman and pure Hemsworth sans Stewart, and then experienced severe Twitter blowback and tried to walk it all back? Or is the real truth of the matter contained in Drew McWeeny‘s 8.15 Hitfix piece (“A Full Day of Snow White Speculation Reveals The Tabloid Appetites of Hollywood Press”), which posted at 3:10 am? Key quote: “David Koepp leaving the project is new. That’s it. Other than that, Kim Masters didn’t break news today. She simply repackaged it, sensationalized it. and caused a huge firestorm over the headline.”

Portion of letter to source, sent this morning: “Did it occur to anyone at Universal, whatever their actual calculations & determinations, that at the very least this would LOOK like they were jettisoning Kristen Stewart over a Hester Prynne morals clause? And that jettisoning her RIGHT NOW, a couple of weeks after her RPatz infidelity tabloid blowup, would make them APPEAR to be SEXIST PRIGS & INCREDIBLY CLUELESS? It would have been another thing entirely if they’d announced this a week or two BEFORE the “sordid affair with Rupert Sanders” thing broke. I’m guessing/presuming that Drew McWeeny has it right in his piece, but if you could shed any additional light it would be greatly appreciated.”

49 thoughts on “They Done Her Wrong? Maybe Not.

  1. Kakihara on said:

    It’s stupid, but it’s gonna cost ‘em big-time, assuming the sequel was going to actually do as well as the first film. If not, it might as well go DTV, anyway.

  2. Stewart was the worst thing about SWATH by far, and if anything, Hemsworth was underutilized. Whatever the reasons may be, it’s a good move.

  3. The last time I was this bummed over a sequel was when I heard that Lorraine Gary wasn’t going to be in JAWS 3-D.

  4. I doubt it has anything to do with the incriminating photos. Most critics agreed she was miscast and Hemsworth was the bright spot in an otherwise dull movie. But there’s really no reason to proceed w/ a sequel or a spin-off. It only has a 55% audience rating on RT despite the support from Stewart’s Twihards.

  5. It’s possible she burned a lot of bridges on the set, by going into full diva mode, and they’re just using the scandal as a pretext to get rid of her.

  6. Though, yeah, there’s obviously a double standard at play, since Russell Crowe still gets work, in spite of being a homewrecker, too.

  7. When we’ve exhausted this subject, let’s move on to talking about who should play the Katie Holmes role in a DAWSON’S CREEK film project.

    Seriously guys. Are you all REALLY this bored with life?

  8. Kristen Stewart was awful in Snow White (and most other movies where she isn’t cast to play her typical one-note self), so any reason not to cast her in a sequel is a good one.

  9. No doubt was Stewart the weakest link in a very underwhelming movie so cutting her for any reason is going to improve the film.

  10. Not every film is meant to become a franchise.
    I think they’d be better off focusing on a new project with more franchise potential for Chris. Maybe “It Takes A Thief.”

  11. Re Doug’s comment:
    Universal could probably come up with other properties for Chris Hemsworth. Maybe he and brother Liam could do a feature film franchise from the studio’s old SIMON AND SIMON TV series.

  12. Can’t even BELIEVE the goddamn bullshit I’m reading so far, so let’s FACE FACTS, not OPINIONS, these are facts:

    K-STEW is THE number one and probably ONLY reason SWATH was a HUGE “surprise” hit, raking in MOUNTAINS OF CASH for a godly studio that nonetheless needed a hit after BATTLESHIP. Who SAVED THE MIGHTY U from THE SHIP? K-Stew, the actress who SAVED A MOVIE STUDIO, also known as a Reverse Cimino. You think that leaden Kevin Reynolds-looking drab forest skulk SWATH was gonna open that high with ANY other actress? Why don’t you give a call to one Tarsem M Singh and one Phil Collins Jr SU SU SUDIO and ask how MIRROR MIRROR FARED, with OH YEAH, AMERICA’S SWEETHEART as the Queen. K-Stew SOLD ALL THE TICKETS, ALL THE TICKETS to Snow White. She was THE MAIN EVENT, her fanbase is LOYAL and AWESOME/

    And you can go giving me WAAAAH WAAAAH WHERE WAS HER FANBASE ON RUNAWAYS, or WELCOME TO THE RILEYS. Like her gawky-ass cutting-their-inner-thighs HOODY-WEARING SELF-DOUBTING PROBABLE LESBIAN fanbase could get into any of those movies. NO, SWATTTTTTH was the first true test of the BLAZING MERCURY LIKE POWER OF QUEEN KRISTEN’S box-office PROWESS, and look what happened, a MONSTER HIT.

    THOR? Cool dude but NOT A DRAW, long as we’re playing DeezNuts why don’t you tell me how many tickets THE MIGHTY HEMSWORTH SOLD to Joss Apatow’s DOUCHES IN AN RV DRIVE THRU A GRID AND RIP OFF IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS?

    Oh, yeah, ZERO.

    And ANOTHER GREAT POINT, Kristen is THE MOST CAPTIVATING ACTRESS OF ANY GENERATION, the most beautiful woman alive as if fucking VENUS DE MILO carved her PERFECTION out of marble as a envoy from another galaxy. YOU WILL BOW, YOU WILL GET ON BENDED KNEE and concede that she is the main star of the franchise, NOBODY gives a shit about the HUNTSMAN, the success was all about GIRL POWER and HOTNESS POWER and Kristen’s SEXY TWO FRONT TEETH caught with a key light in the jail and her running around a forest and being WINSOME and DREAMY and STUNNING and conveying the WISDOM OF THE COSMOS through her brilliant acting and incredible hotness.

    KRISTEN 4 EVER, I will not endorse nor see any SECOND TIER SHIT with Hemsworth in another phony-ass goddamn fake-ass Tobin Bell straw-hair wig and stupid beard acting all NOBLE AND MANLY in that semi-boring Sean Bean MAN OF HONOR WAY, I don’t need Charlize back, and all the dwarves were wasted.

    K-STEW is the best actress of ALL FUCKING TIME and you guys can spin down a quarter of a page and get a gander at that grandma Elizabeth Taylor if you need your 1952 fix, but get with the times and recognize that the LEGIONS who worship at the altar of Kristen are NOT going to accept some watered-down half-assed in-name-only SMOKIN ACES 2 ASSASSIN’S BALL ass sequel with like Bella Heathcote or whoever.

    BOW.

  13. “Kristen’s SEXY TWO FRONT TEETH caught with a key light in the jail and her running around a forest and being WINSOME and DREAMY and STUNNING and conveying the WISDOM OF THE COSMOS through her brilliant acting and incredible hotness.”

    Brilliant.

  14. “This broad has it coming. Karma’s a bitch. ” What the fuck does that mean, O SALEM TOWN ELDER? She is 22 and PURE ATOMIC HOTNESS. Not like she’s got 8 kids with Pattinson and past her prime. She’s a nervous AWESOME AWESOME chick under a shitload of pressure who made a mistake. Nobody’s calling the 41-year-old (AWESOME GODLIKE INSPIRATION TO MANKIND) director who has CHILDREN any kind of “whore” or telling him that KARMA’S A BITCH. I don’t blame to dude for wanting to crush that ass, COMING HOME LATE SMELLIN’ LIKE PERFUME, THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMM…. But I don’t know the SCARLET HOTNESS has to bear the brunt.

    I think Pattinson is a SOLID DUDE, too, but who’s to say his eyes haven’t strayed? K-STEW is my solid-gold 10karat dream woman (well her and LAUREN FROM REAL-L-WORD) but if I had PATTINSON POWER I’d cheat on her every day of the week if I could, because it’s all about the juice, KEEPS ME SHARP ON THE EDGE WHERE I GOTTA BE. What is this, 1851, you gotta pick on the woman for BEING A HARLOT?

    That said, if I WERE PATTINSON, I’d be running shit like ANTHONY FUCKING QUINN IN REVENGE, sending that skeeze down to the barrio to shoot her up like fucking Marlon Wayans at a mashed potato plant, sending in every jheri-curled Mexican mullet in Oakley shades to be lit by ceiling fans and gauze blues to roll in there sitting back like TIBEY MENDEZ teaching a lesson and banking on RUPERT HOLMES HIM POWER not being able to muster up much of a COCHRANE-like “FUCK YOU AMIGO” comeback.

  15. MICHAEL MUSTO SAYS…

    Sources are telling me Kristen will not beWells to Musto: I’m owed exactly 200 clams for a car rental that you, Anne Thompson and me split in Cannes in ’99. Commenting privileges are revoked until payment is in hand. Sorry.

    Also: I don’t like to wave the HE “comedians” over to the couch, Carson style, that often, but Tanto? That’s funny.

  16. GLENN KENNY SAYS…

    I find it tres amusing that our redoubtable host considers himself on par with Johnny Fucking Carson.

    And just who might your Ed McMahon be…hmm?

    I’m already sorry I asked.

  17. Yeah, porn, dumbass, or BEING THE #1 MOST SUCCESSFUL LEADING LADY of the last 10 years or so.

    55 MIL NET WORTH, yeah, she’s totally gonna do fucking low-rent porn, dumb fuck.

    Fucking fuck.

  18. “DOUCHES IN AN RV DRIVE THRU A GRID AND RIP OFF IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS” FTW. Which reminds me, where’s everyone who called “Cabin In The Woods” a complete game-changer, and so on?

  19. Facts: Snow White is 2nd biggest live action, non-established franchise of the year after Ted. It was a fucking hit, and Stewart was the fucking star, like it or not. To dump her would be unheard of.

  20. This kind of thing happens with regularity. Ingrid Bergman was poison after her affair with her director. Elizabeth Taylor was perceived as a home wrecker after breaking uo America’s sweetheart Debbie Reynolds marraaige. Both overcame and did great work. Meg Ryan did however never overcome her scandal as well as the Jude Law, Seinna Miller nonsense. A certain amount of this is publicity and will add probably a good 20 mil to the BO of the last (thankfully) twilight shitfest. and Lautner makes Pattison look like Lawrence Olivier.

  21. Kakihara:

    “It’s possible she burned a lot of bridges on the set, by going into full diva mode, and they’re just using the scandal as a pretext to get rid of her.”

    Anything is possible in life but what you’re saying is nothing but a fantasy of yours. A fantasy born out of you jealousy fueled hatred towards Stewart.

  22. What EVERYONE but Drew McWeeney seems to be ignoring — even when reporting DM’s piece, as Wells does in his update — is that this idea of doing a Huntsman spin-off movie was reported WELL before the movie actually came out and, as such, well before the Sanders/Stewart thing came out. There could be a variety of reasons for this:

    –Universal thinking Hemsworth is a rising star after starring in a $600 MILLION GROSSING blockbuster.

    –Stewart maybe not wanting to strap on Snow White armor for another fantasy series so quickly after she shook off Twilight?

    –The movie not really having a logical Snow White-based story to continue?

    –The studio sending this movie was not hated but not beloved, so it might make sense to “grow” or play around with that brand without doing a direct sequel, especially without Charlize Theron who got a lot of the movie’s better notices.

    So yeah, I don’t think Universal is “firing” K-Stew for having an affair with some dolt director. They were talking about making a Huntsman movie way before any of this happened. I read about it. I remember it. And I don’t even care very much about this movie! Surely people who care more than I do remember reading about this too??

  23. Oh yeah, I’d LOVE to see a HUNTSMAN movie! Maybe even a TRILOGY of HUNTSMAN movies! A character with no name and no apparent characteristics besides being NOBLE! Sounds exciting! And worth the effort, too!

  24. Had to scroll to comment #27 before someone pointed out the fact that no one else seemed to remember, that the Huntsman spinoff news was making the rounds in April. Thank you, jesse.

    I say “had to” but there is some comedy gold up there.

  25. Is this movie a hit? It’s made like 155 million, but with a budget around 180 million. Count in marketing budget and shares that go to the theater companies, how much profit is there? Even if it did make some money, doesn’t the movie have to be well-liked anymore? I don’t know anyone, even most Twilighters, who liked the movie. Now, you are gonna make a sequel without the best thing, Charlize Theron. No wonder, Universal is regarded as the worst studio.

  26. Matt, movies like SWATH typically earn only 15-25% of its full potential from the US box office. Add in worldwide box office (another $234m to date), DVD/Blu-Ray, television, online streaming, Netflix, iTunes and a hundred other sources current and yet to be created, and $155m domestic is just a drop in the bucket.

  27. SWATH has made more than Batman Begins worldwide on a similar budget. Thank god, Matt doesn’t run Warner Bros, as he’s not very giving with the green light for sequels.

    And I liked SWATH quite a bit. It never dragged, and absorbing throughout.

  28. Joe: “K-STEW is THE number one and probably ONLY reason SWATH was a HUGE “surprise” hit, ”

    Uh, no she’s not. They also marketed it off the fact that it had the Alice crew’s involvement, which, last time I checked was pretty big in ’010. Plus, dudes who normally hate Twilight saw it, because it had action elements oriented to them. And also, the guy who played Thor twice is popular right now.

    “You think that leaden Kevin Reynolds-looking drab forest skulk SWATH was gonna open that high with ANY other actress?”

    Possibly. The production values were really what hooked people above all else, since they still remember the Disney cartoon most, when they think about Snow White.

    “Why don’t you give a call to one Tarsem M Singh and one Phil Collins Jr SU SU SUDIO and ask how MIRROR MIRROR FARED, ”

    Yeah, Mirror Mirror failed, but Immortals was more profitable than the new Titans movie. So that doesn’t prove anything-yet.

    “with OH YEAH, AMERICA’S SWEETHEART as the Queen.”

    The average moviegoer doesn’t know or care who the hell Charlize is, or she’d have had a hit on her own by now, and not because she was in a Will Smith movie. And I do not count Prometheus, because the marketing helped make that into a success.

    “Cool dude but NOT A DRAW, long as we’re playing DeezNuts why don’t you tell me how many tickets THE MIGHTY HEMSWORTH SOLD to Joss Apatow’s DOUCHES IN AN RV DRIVE THRU A GRID AND RIP OFF IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS?”

    Shitty film, but Cabin was still more profitable than her indie stuff. Sorry. Though not necessarily ‘cus of Hemsworth, either. It probably would’ve been a bigger success if they hadn’t broken the cardinal rule of horror films, which is keep the budget under $20 million. But I’m sure the good WOM will guarantee it being a definitive hit on home video.

    fitz: Considering everyone knew about her shenanigans before she got caught, I imagine she gave the studio a lot of hell trying to stop tabloids from previously taking a photo of her in the act. So, in that sense, I’m sure some of what I’m claiming has some credibility.

    Matt S: It did better than anything else from Uni not named Ted or Bourne, so it’s a hit in that sense.

  29. So, that’s it then? You boink your director and it’s over. I don’t think so – especially if you are not married.

    Luc Besson and Milla Jovovich, Len Wisman and kate Beckinsale, Rod Lurie and Kate Bosworth, Brian DePalma and Nancy Allen, James Cameron and Szy Amis.

    Don’t think so.

  30. Theater chains get around 40-45% of grosses from a film’s run. 180 budget plus 75 million at least for marketing. Snow White has to over 500 million to start to see any kind of profit, so Universal has to rely on the declining home video market to make a small profit.

    Batman Begins was much more well-recieved than SWATH. It is thought of as mediocre to bad by most people.

  31. Kakihara:

    “fitz: Considering everyone knew about her shenanigans before she got caught, I imagine she gave the studio a lot of hell trying to stop tabloids from previously taking a photo of her in the act. So, in that sense, I’m sure some of what I’m claiming has some credibility.”

    Try and step out of your own head for a moment and see if you’re still as sure about the accuracy of your imagined facts, Kakihara.

  32. DZ

    1. America’s Sweetheart is Julia Roberts, who was in a movie called America’s Sweethearts.
    2. Name one actress as Snow White that would’ve opened SWATH higher.
    3. Tarsem directed Mirror Mirror. Lex is talking SWATH v Mirror. The Immortals-Titans pull-in is completely irrelevant unless you’d like a new thread on “Movies that Vaguely Resemble One Another Where Tarsem Directed One of Them.”

    SWATH is going to pass $400 million globally any day now.

  33. Krillian: “Name one actress as Snow White that would’ve opened SWATH higher.”

    I’m just saying Alice was a hit, and yet it hasn’t exactly done shit for Mia Wasikowska’s career. Though I guess if you want me to go there, Keira could work just as easily.

  34. Mia Wasikowska doesn’t have a RABID, INSANE FANBASE OF OBSESSED TEENAGE GIRLS who live their entire fucking lives around Mia Wasikowska news. Christ, DZ, are you EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER FUCKING RIGHT about AAAAAAAAAANYTHING?

    Go outside and DO SOMETHING, join J-Date or some shit.

  35. Joe: “Mia Wasikowska doesn’t have a RABID, INSANE FANBASE OF OBSESSED TEENAGE GIRLS who live their entire fucking lives around Mia Wasikowska news.”

    Please. If the affair hadn’t happened, K-Stew would officially be forgotten after Twilight 5.

  36. I don’t really care about the tabloid aspect – but I will say, every person I know who saw the movie did it in spite of tewart, not because of her. And most agreed she was the weakest part of the film.

  37. Krillian: “Keira (27) & Anne (29) are too old.”

    Keira’s not much older than R-Patz. And Hathaway can still rock a catsuit and do action pretty well for someone “too old”.

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