Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; Kristen Stewart Not Expected to Return

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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.

snow-white-and-the-huntsman-2-chris-hemsworth-kristen-stewartDarabont was included on the previous shortlist of directors being eyed for Snow White and the Huntsman 2 alongside O’Connor and Muschietti, and The Wrap reports that he has come away the victor, as Universal is in early talks with the filmmaker to take the helm of the Huntsman sequel after sparking to the Walking Dead creator’s vision for the follow-up.

As Snow White and the Huntsman was gearing up for release in 2012, there was talk that Universal not only wanted to create a proper franchise, but also had plans to spinoff a series of films focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman’s character.  It appears that those two visions may have merged, as The Wrap notes that Darabont’s sequel plans to emphasize Hemsworth’s character while leaving Stewart out of the picture entirely.  The script is not finalized, so Stewart could still possibly make an appearance in the pic, though it’s expected to be of the cameo variety.  THR adds that Charlize Theron, on the other hand, will return.

I’ll admit a Snow White and the Huntsman franchise was low on my list of anticipated projects, but Darabont’s involvement adds a significant degree of interest to this sequel.  After being booted from AMC’s The Walking Dead, Darabont subsequently put together the solid TNT noir series Mob City, but it was cancelled after just one season.  No doubt he’s eager to step back into the film world, and I’m definitely eager to see him play with more genre-oriented material on the big screen.

Universal hopes to get Huntsman 2 into theaters by 2016, which means filming would need to begin next year.  Hemsworth is currently filming Avengers: Age of Ultron and has been eyed for Shane Black’s Doc Savage, but his contract likely renders the Huntsman film a priority whenever Universal and Darabont are ready to start production.

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  • ScratStitch

    If Stewart’s not in it, I’m boycotting the movie. She was the MAIN CHARACTER for crying out loud!

    • fatboy35

      If Stewart’s IN it, I’M boycotting the movie. She still can’t act for crying out loud!

      • ScratStitch

        Congratulations. You were just a bully to Kristen Stewart. No one on the internet has EVER done that before. Congrats to you for your originallity!

      • eternalozzie

        i’m not sure you know what bullying is … you might want to look that up.

      • The Flobbit

        I think you should look up the word ACTING in a dictionary. Kristen Stewart portrays characters onscreen. She may not do it well, but Kristen Stewart, just like Taylor Lautner, Ryan Reynolds, Dana Carvey, and Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart can and DOES act.

      • Guest

        She sucks

      • The Flobbit

        I suck too. Straws mostly…
        I assume Kristen Stewart sucks straws as well.

      • The Flobbit

        I suck too. Straws mostly…
        I assume Kristen Stewart sucks straws as well.

    • Davis

      It’s her choice she’s to good for the mainstream now

  • ScratStitch

    If Stewart’s not in it, I’m boycotting the movie. She was the MAIN CHARACTER for crying out loud!

  • Ray

    No Stewart, then no movie for me. This sucks!! Boring same old Hemsworth. You guys do not know a good thing when you see it.

    • Leo Spaceman

      No, but I do know a bad thing when I’ve seen it. And I’ve seen Twilight.

  • Ray

    No Stewart, then no movie for me. This sucks!! Boring same old Hemsworth. You guys do not know a good thing when you see it.

  • 80sRobot

    Sounds like it’ll be a spin-off set after the events of the original movie. Just call it The Huntsman.

  • 80sRobot

    Sounds like it’ll be a spin-off set after the events of the original movie. Just call it The Huntsman.

  • theBoi

    Mob City was on TNT not A&E.

  • theBoi

    Mob City was on TNT not A&E.

  • Ray

    Kristen Stewart has been selected and paid very will to act in at least 25 movies. Lots of people have paid to see these movies. The professionals have selected her in these movies. She can act. You may prefer other actors. I prefer Stewart.

  • Ray

    Kristen Stewart has been selected and paid very will to act in at least 25 movies. Lots of people have paid to see these movies. The professionals have selected her in these movies. She can act. You may prefer other actors. I prefer Stewart.

  • Person

    Not every movie needs to become a franchise.

    • JC

      True. But every studio is trying to make one

  • CJ

    Wow, what a major step down for Darabont.

  • GrimReaper07

    The first film was pretty worthless. Darabont wanting to be a part of this is weird.

    • Farrell

      he gotta eat

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    No Kristen ? Granted it will be a hit.

  • alk

    I liked Kristen Stewart in the original…but certainly not for her acting. I will miss her presence in this movie. It doesn’t make sense to me to make a sequel or even a spin off, if it has nothing to do with the source character, Snow White herself. Sorta makes the whole thing pointless when you think about it?

  • Lewida Funji

    This is just a joke right?

  • YodaRocks

    Why bother calling it ‘Snow-white and the Huntsman 2′? Just call it The Huntsman and say its a spin-off.

    • Pk

      Rise of the huntsman

  • Taragor

    My mouth seriously dropped at this article…..what in the hell would bring Frank Fucking Darabont in to make him interested in this of all projects!?!?!? I’m not a Stewart fan but I did give the movie a shot and it really isn’t memorable. No idea why they are trying to launch another.

  • Ted

    it will be The Hunstman without Snow White

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Look, Kristen Stewart seems to work best on indies but her not being in the sequel for the movie that has her character’s name in the title is ridiculous. Darabont directing is a good thing though and I’m pretty sure he’ll see the nonsense ofrece this situation

    • Guest

      Yep, she works best in movies nobody sees

  • Farrell

    You know the industry is dire when Darabont has to take for-hire sequel gigs.

  • The Flobbit

    As one of the few who actually LIKED and enjoyed the first film, I look forward to this sequel. The first film was visually stunning, beautifully dark and twisted, and enjoyable.

    • eternalozzie

      I liked it … it told a good story. Kristen Stewart is why the film did the numbers it did. Right off of the Twilight movies her fans followed her to this movie … a sequel without her may flop.

  • Boone

    Frank Darabont is one of the best. The Green Mile is a masterpiece and The Mist is a criminally underrated film. Can’t wait to see his vision of the “Snow White and the Hunstman” thing.

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  • KHW5

    Good News, 2 reasons to want to see a sequel. New director No Biatchhh Kristen Stewart.

  • Christopher Sims

    The first movie was terrible for 2 reasons, Kristen Stewart’s awful, awful acting and Rupert Sanders terrible directing. For the same reason why people do not like Keanu Reeves, people should not like Stewart even more. She attempts that brooding, quiet LEAD acting role but just comes off as awful. She can’t even play herself in a movie, which makes her bad. Somehow she, and Sanders, brought down the performance of Charlize Theron, which is the biggest sin of the first film…The 2 reasons the first film was garbage are gone, which does not guarantee this one will be good, but it guarantees that it can’t be worse than the first.

  • Arthur Dent

    Stewart is a terrible actress, with a total of one facial expression and zero ability to emote effectively. Absolutely awful.

    One of the worst actresses in the history of cinema.

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