In yet another example of online journalism's biggest issue - speed and hit-baiting taking precedence over accuracy - wild headlines were flying yesterday across many entertainment websites over what is essentially a non-issue.
It began with a story on The Hollywood Reporter which said Kristen Stewart would not be asked to return for the sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" in development at Universal.
The article essentially re-stated an already reported (by THR itself no less) and months old story that Universal's sequel was essentially a spin-off that would center on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character. It added that scribe David Koepp, who was brought in to pen the sequel, was "being settled out of his rich contract", but filmmaker Rupert Sanders was likely staying on to direct.
This led to wild and unfounded claims across various sites that Universal was essentially rewarding Sanders and punishing Stewart for their romantic indiscretion which has become so much tabloid fodder in recent weeks.
The Los Angeles Times cut through the speculation with the following statement: "Universal insists that plans for a second movie centering on the Huntsman character played by Chris Hemsworth are proceeding and that Stewart’s Snow White could still be a character in that film, despite reports that suggested otherwise."
Right now all that is clear is that Koepp's work on the sequel's script is finished, and Universal must now decide whether to use it, re-write it or move forward with the project at all - no-one is 'in' or 'out' at this point.