I happened upon this sweet article about Kristen and her box-office draw in my inbox this morning and thought I would share with all of you. The author of the article argues that Dwayne Johnson and Kristen Stewart are the best representations of movie stardom in Hollywood now-a-days and I’d have to say that I’d agree .. well, with this Kristen part at least
As of this tenuous moment, Kristen Stewart arguably represents the best-case scenario for actresses at this moment.
I say this for one very simple reason: Unlike her various peers who are also well known and fill up various tabloid pages and magazine interviews, many of whom qualify as ‘added value’ in the right project, she’s actually opened a tent pole. You make a Snow White and the Huntsman with most actresses and you’ll be thrilled with a $30 million debut, even with the ‘added value’ of Chris Hemsworth, the ‘prestige’ of Charlize Theron, and a strong trailer cut to the Inception trailer music. You make a Snow White and the Huntsman with Stewart and you get a $56 million opening weekend. That’s unquestioned drawing power for the right project, not just ‘added value’. Sure her popularity is mostly based around her starring role in The Twilight Saga, but it is a large and *very* committed fan base that has now proven that they’ll turn out for a mainstream star vehicle on the rare occasion she makes one. Kristen Stewart may not turn On the Road or Adventureland into a blockbuster, but she has a huge fan base that flocked to see her in a medieval action fantasy that happened to be called Snow White. Again, it’s a matter of star and concept. Yes, it’s indeed unfair in that very few actresses will get the chance to headline their own franchise in this boy-centric era, no The Hunger Games was not sold on the “star power” of Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence, but Kristen Stewart got the opportunity and her fans supported her en masse.
She succeeded where the likes of Charlize Theron (Aeon Flux), Halle Berry (Catwoman), and Jennifer Garner (Electra) did not. None of the above examples were good movies (and for that matter neither was Snow White and the Huntsman), but Stewart delivered her Twi-Hards over the opening weekend of her big movie for blockbuster numbers.
Cinemacon brought great news for SWATH fans! Universal chairman Adam Fogelson announced that Snow White and the Huntsman sequel with Kristen is projected for a 2015 release year. Kristen reportedly announced in December that she would be returning for the franchise and Collider expects SWATH news to slowly come in over the next few months!
Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson hosted the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon, and he revealed that they are currently aiming to release the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman in 2015. After the fallout from the behind-the-scenes drama on the first film and a sizeable yet unremarkable box office (at least for a film budgeted at just under $200 million) for theRupert Sanders-directed fantasy pic, movement on the SWATH sequel has been fairly slow. Star Kristen Stewart confirmed that she would be returningfor the follow-up in December, and Fogelson affirmed just last month that Sanders would not be returning to direct.
Read the rest of the article here to get more details and find out which movies SWATH may be competing with in 2015! Who is excited about the possibility of a sequel? We really loved watching Kristen armor up for battle last year and would love to see her opposite Chris Hemsworth on the big screen again! Remember how excited we were when the image above was released at Comic Con in 2011
Looks like MTV is backtracking on their decision to alienate Twilight fans from the MTV Movie Awards this year by adding a new category to the line-up — ‘Best Hero’ featuring Kristen Stewart as Snow White. Now, if only they could write in Rob somewhere, then we’d have a show to watch!
Vote for Snow White as BEST HERO here!
Adam Fogelson, Universal Chairman, comments about the potential for a SWATH sequel.
Fogelson clears the air about whether a new director would be selected for the sequel, thankfully confirming a disinterest in him returning. As for Kristen, she mentioned in an interview with THR during Breaking Dawn Part 2 promo that there was a strong probability for a SWATH sequel and later confirmed to Indiewire that she’s officially signed on for the role as Snow White, again, saying “oh! it’s gonna be fuckin’ amazing.”
We’re actively developing the movie right now with Kristen’s character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity.
Rupert Sanders talks about Kristen at 2:16 as well - “I think people will see a dimension in her performance they haven’t seen before”