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Will Snow White And The Huntsman 3 Ever Happen?

On paper, "Snow White and the Huntsman" seems like a pretty solid franchise that could potentially run forever. Drawing inspiration from one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time, the first movie in the series features serious star power, ranging from Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in the main roles to character actors like Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Brian Gleeson, and Bob Hoskins providing fire support. The audiences certainly found the premise agreeable, and flocked to the theaters to the tune of a $396 million global gross against a budget of $170 million (per Box Office Mojo). 

As tends to be the case with profitable tentpole movies, the 2012 fantasy adventure received a sequel, 2016's "Huntsman: Winter's War." It took elements from "The Snow Queen" fairy tale, and replaced departing actors with added A-list stars, such as Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. However, the world is still waiting to see what happens to the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and the rest of the gang in future installments of the series. So, when can you expect "Snow White and the Huntsman 3?" For that matter, does the movie have a chance of ever happening in the first place? Let's find out!

Things aren't looking too good for Snow White and the Huntsman 3

Though there's no definite information about the "Snow White and the Huntsman" franchise's demise, there are several factors that might very well spell doom for any possibility of a "Snow White and the Huntsman 3." For one, "Snow White and the Huntsman" might have made bank, but its sequel-slash-prequel is a very different matter. According to Box Office Mojo, "The Huntsman: Winter's War" earned just under $165 million worldwide against a $115 million budget, which must be considered disappointing, seeing as general wisdom dictates that a movie needs to gross at least twice its budget to become profitable (via Gizmodo). This doesn't really bode well for the possibility of another movie in the series. There's also the matter of the "Snow White" live-action remake Disney is reportedly working on, which will presumably saturate the Snow White-themed market in the near future. 

Perhaps even more damningly, it appears that the franchise's star, Chris Hemsworth, has rather conflicted feelings about the franchise's unfortunate second movie. "I don't think we ever landed on the point of the film," he told Variety. "I thought we wanted to make a not-as-dark version. I felt like I was in a different movie. I was doing one thing, and there were these quite dramatic performances, which were brilliant." Would a man who's used to the quality of the Marvel Cinematic Universe be willing to revisit such a shaky experience, especially since he's now an even bigger star than he was back in 2016?

Though stranger things have happened than a surprise announcement of "Snow White and the Huntsman 3" would be, it certainly seems that the odds don't exactly favor the franchise's continuation in the foreseeable future.