It’s been talked about for a while, but now it’s a done deal. Snow White and the Huntsman will have a sequel, with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth reprising their roles.
It has been confirmed. Snow White and the Huntsman (let’s call it SWATH) is going to have a sequel.
Do you smell that? Yes, it reeks of tragic failure.
While SWATH was not the critics’ favourite to begin with, the movie owned the box office, bringing in over $55 million in just its opening weekend. So of course the makers of the movie probably want to repeat the success with the sequel.
The good news: Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth have signed up for round two of SWATH, and David Koepp has been commissioned to pen this new masterpiece. His extensive resume includes Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and his most recent film, Men in Black 3.
The bad news: It’s a sequel. While it’s easy to be prejudiced against a sequel without any justification, SWATH is just naturally predisposed to an awful plot line.
The film, like any fairy tale, ends well. Snow White becomes the queen and marries a prince, evil is defeated and so on and so forth. So what’s next, then?
It could either be a new villain accompanied with a poor backstory, or the same villain who just happened to miraculously survive, disappointing the viewers. Snow White would once again have to be thrown into battle scenes despite being queen… Meh, Koepp would have to surprise us.
If you take a look at cinematographic history, you may remember some other sequels spawned from decent films that successfully plummeted into painful catastrophes, like Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 (the third instalment was just embarrassing), Superman IV, Grease 2 (why? Who did this?) and Batman & Robin (including the suit nipples). You just can’t mess with a good thing!
But maybe the Snow White sequel will work out because the original wasn’t fantastic in the first place. Room for improvement, you know? Opinions?