Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has found a director. The follow-up was a curious prospect, given that the first film—a more grounded, ethereal reimagining of the Snow White story—was met with a ho-hum response from audiences, but a solid $396 million take at the global box office overall. The fiim itself, though, became overshadowed by the behnd-the-scenes drama involving director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart. Universal remained keen on continuing on with its franchise plans, but it was unclear which direction they would be taking.
Movement sped up recently as a shortlist of directors surfaced that included Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andres Muschietti (Mama), but it appears that it is veteran filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) who will come away with the job. However, in an interesting turn of events, Stewart may be left out of the follow-up entirely. More after the jump.