Tilak Desai/Splash News Online
08/14/2012 at 09:00 PM EDT
A Snow White and the Huntsman
sequel may hit the silver screen without, well, its Snow White.
On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter
ran an article saying that Kristen Stewart
will not be invited back to star in a planned sequel to last summer's Snow White and the Huntsman
. Instead, the story said, the film would focus on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character, and it would begin shooting this summer once the actor's schedule is free.
Soon after, though, the Los Angeles Times reported
that Stewart's future in the planned Snow White
sequel was not yet determined and that she could still play a role in the Hemsworth-focused film.
Meanwhile, PEOPLE has learned that any talk of Snow White
sequels and casting is premature and that nobody – cast nor creative team – has officially signed on. And a Deadline report
from Tuesday says the film is moving "on a slower track" as the studio figures out which direction to go.
And on Wednesday, the studio weighed in on the casting buzz. "We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman
," Universal co-chairman Donna Langley said in a statement, "and we're currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false."
The Hollywood Reporter
story also says that Universal is looking for a new writer to work on the film.
Also unclear in the various media reports: whether Snow White
's director Rupert Sanders
will return to direct the movie, though one source told the Hollywood Reporter
that he will.
Stewart apologized after it came to light
that she cheated
on boyfriend Robert Pattinson
with Sanders, but no connection between their fling and the film's casting has been made in any report.