His “Aha!” moment was the image of the Huntsman as a mentor figure who trains Snow White for battle.
“Most fairy tales with a female character are resolved by having a male character save her, so I thought, ‘What if the Huntsman doesn’t save Snow White, but teaches her how to save herself?’”
He wrote his first draft in 2003, when he was still a film student at New York University. He remembers seeing Kristen Stewart in Panic Room and thinking she would be perfect for the role — if only she weren’t too young. Now he believes Stewart, who will do one last turn in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part2 in November, will dazzle audiences who have forgotten her feisty, pre-vampire life.
Asked by Digital Spy what Theron and Stewart were like to work with, Spruell replied: "Charlize is an absolute powerhouse. Kristen is a quieter soul, but both are great to work with.
"I don't think I'd be able to do [a franchise] at her age. It must be quite a burden - amazing, but it might stop you from being young. At 21 we were just kicking around, being stupid, but she has to be responsible for quite a lot. It must weigh down her a lot."
He continued: "She is a very cool cat, though. She's very chilled... I think she feels grateful for those films because they catapulted her career into the stratosphere. I think any actor would be grateful for that. I think there is a burden that comes with being that famous, of course. I'm sure she feels vulnerable at times, but overall, she's incredibly grateful."