Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Who is Universal Pictures talking to to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2? None other than the director of big screen adaptations of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and show-runner of the first season of The Walking Dead. If the talks end with a contract signing, the Snow White and the Huntsman 2 director will be Frank Darabont.
Darabont beat out Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor and Mama director Andy Muschietti to the fairy tale sequel who were both previously reported as being the top contenders on the studio short list. The Wrap broke the news, although they warn that while the studio and producers have chosen Darabont, the filmmaker has not yet been presented with an offer.
Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White, but could be open for a short appearance. Previously, the studio denied that they would be making the film without Stewart, claiming they were still “exploring all options.” Her salary was pointed to be a bigger issue back then. Stewart even downplayed the reports in late 2012 saying the sequel is ”gonna be fucking amazing,”
“I’m not allowed [to talk about it]. The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, ‘Whoa, stop talking about it.’ So no, I’m totally not allowed to talk about it.”
Apparently Darabont pitched an interesting take on the sequel, that would focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s titular role as the Huntsman. If that is the case, my guess is that the title will be reworked to center on The Huntsman. Hemsworth’s schedule is cleared post-Avengers: Age of Ultron to film this project.
Rupert Sanders directed Snow White and The Huntsman which grossed $396 million worldwide ($115 million in the states) in June 2012. Universal has publicly announced plans to release the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel sometime in 2016, likely in the early Summer.
Darabont has a history of making great critically acclaimed movie adaptations, but has been on a long string of disappointments (including his Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull script) over the past decade. He did start up AMC’s widely successful series The Walking Dead, but left the show over creative differences in what can only be described as controversial departure.
I’m not really interested in this franchise, but with Darabont on board, I will definitely give it a chance.