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K still in Universal’s ‘Huntsman’ Stew

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Universal is currently exploring a SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN spinoff that would center on Chris Hemsworth, a plan that that still may include co-star Kristen Stewart and/or director Rupert Sanders, Showblitz has learned.

The studio is open to several creative directions for its potential franchise — including the possibility of Hemsworth.huntsman a straight sequel — but for now will focus development resources on Hemsworth, the THOR star who appears in Universal’s upcoming Formula One racing pic RUSH.

A Hemsworth-led spinoff has been in U’s plans for some time: Two months before SWATH opened to a healthy $56 million in the U.S., Universal chief Ron Meyer said that while “the upcoming (SWATH) doesn’t appear to lend itself to a sequel, Universal thinks it can do more movies based on the character of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) if it is successful.”

Around the time of its release, studio brass began getting serious about a straight sequel, a notion it was considering as early as April. That idea was backburnered in the wake of widespread tabloid reports regarding Stewart and Sanders, though either could play a role in future SWATH installments.

Universal just picked up the book 90 CHURCH for Sanders to develop, while Hemsworth has THOR: THE DARK WORLD, AVENGERS 2 and (maybe) ROBOPOCALYPSE on the horizon. After dropping out of CALI, Stewart’s sked is clear — after extensive press tours for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN — PART 2 and ON THE ROAD.

While the odds of all three being reunited are clearly diminished, some combination of the original SWATH teaming is still very much in play. — Josh L. Dickey

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