Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Frank Darabont in talks for Snow White And The Huntsman sequel

After his departure from The Walking Dead and the brief lifespan of Mob City, it's great to have some positive Frank Darabont news to share, and on the cinematic front, too. He's jumped from a shortlist of directors to become Universal Pictures' first choice to make the follow-up to Rupert Sanders' Snow White And The Huntsman (2012).

The stylish fantasy adventure handily won the box office battle with Mirror Mirror (2012) in terms of bringing a live action Snow White story to the big screen. But the next step has been stalled in development for a while. It's been in need of a new director since Sanders decided to drop out of any sequel. From the sounds of it, early rumours that this will head in a Snow White free direction appear to be panning out, with this now likely to become more a Huntsman spin-off than a sequel.

No script has been set, so Kristen Stewart could still return in some capacity as the heroic fairy tale princess, but it seems the studio is looking to capitalise on Chris Hemsworth's post Avengers popularity. According to The Wrap, Charlize Theron may also return as the evil queen. Either way, Universal will want it ready for a planned 2016 release date, so Darabont – assuming his deal works out – will be in charge of getting the production up and running pretty soon. As always, watch this space.

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