Director Rupert Sanders has had a pretty incredible year. A celebrated director of television commercials, Sanders made his feature debut this past June with Universal Pictures’ big budget action adventure Snow White and the Huntsman. While critics panned the film for its nonsensical plot and dour execution, the CGI-stuffed reimagining of the classic fairy tale went on to earn nearly $400 million dollars worldwide.
In August, while rumors arose that Universal might dump their in-the-works Snow White sequel, Sanders was still attached to the project. But now, Radar Online says Stewart is signed on for the sequel, but Sanders is definitely out.
Their source claims Sanders bowed out of the project “because he is desperately still trying to save his marriage,” but it’s worth pointing out that Sanders has been offered other projects, which may just seem more appealing after all that’s gone down. Despite the bad press Sanders and Stewart’s affair brought on, Universal hasn’t burned their bridges with the director though, and as of last month it was said the studio was considering him for their Tom Cruise-fronted Van Helsing reboot, and a few other projects,
The Snow White and The Huntsman sequel is expected to go into production late next year. Universal is reportedly on the hunt for a new director.