It is a given that even self-contained stories are often eyed for sequels by the Hollywood studios. And before a movie it has become almost a standard part of the promotion to mention sequel possibilities.
Still, it seems a bit odd to be discussing the possibility of a sequel to Universal’s upcoming Snow White And The Huntsman when you factor in the whole “Happily ever after” angle of the source material. But that hasn’t stopped studio honcho Ron Meyer from stating last Friday at the 2012 Pulse Conference put on by the Anderson Business School at UCLA that Universal was indeed contemplating turning the film into a franchise and in a rather unexpected way. As the Hollywood Reporter states-
Meyer said that while the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman 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.
I’m sorry, but was that a spoiler for how the film may end?
And exactly how does one extend the franchise using the Huntsman and not Snow White? Will they have him meet other fairy tale heroines? Would you want to see movies like Cinderella And The Huntsman or Rapunzel And The Huntsman? This certainly seems like an odd view to have especially when Meyer stated that the the one-off, ending-on-a-happy-note nature of their recent hit The Lorax was what was keeping the studio from pursuing a follow up there.
Snow White And The Huntsman with Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron hits theaters on June 1. As for what comes afterwards, time will tell.