‘Walking Dead's’ Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2' (Exclusive)Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as the female lead, though she may cameo in the spinoff“Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont is in early talks to direct “Snow White and the Huntsman 2” for Universal Pictures and Roth Films, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Darabont has not received an official offer yet but is expected to engage with the project when one does materialize, as Universal and producer Joe Roth are high on his take for the sequel/spinoff. He beat out Gavin O'Connor (“Warrior”) and Andy Muschietti (“Mama”) for the high-profile gig.
Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart is not expected to return for “SWATH 2,” which is expected to emphasize Chris Hemsworth‘s role as the titular Huntsman. Thanks to “The Avengers,” Hemsworth is a much bigger star since the first film was released in June 2012. Since no script has been finalized, if Stewart does return, her appearance would likely be limited to a cameo or a handful of brief scenes.
As such, the spinoff may drop “Snow White” from the title and rebrand with a Huntsman-centric title.
Charlize Theron is also expected to reprise her role as the evil queen, who was left trapped in her own mirror at the end of the first film.
Rupert Sanders directed “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which grossed nearly $400 million worldwide. Universal plans to release the next film in the fairy tale series in 2016.
Darabont's film will be based on an Evan Spiliotopoulos script that was rewritten by Craig Mazin.
Darabont previously directed the Stephen King adaptations “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile” and “The Mist,” and he also helped turn “The Walking Dead” into one of TV's biggest hits. He's represented by CAA, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Frank Darabont To Direct 'Snow White And The Huntsman 2,' Kristen Stewart Might Not ReturnUpdate: THR reports that the spinoff is now titled "The Huntsman" and Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will return....but not Kristen Stewart.
So, remember all that talk about a "Snow White And The Huntsman" sequel, well you better check yourself before you wreck yourself, because it looks like the gameplan is changing. Yes, Universal still wants to make a followup, but they're changing course a bit while hiring a pretty top tier name to be the guiding light.
Deadline reports that Frank Darabont — previously shortlisted with Gavin O’Connor and Andy Muschietti —is now in talks to direct a "Snow White And The Huntsman" spinoff. That's right, the plan right now is apparently to focus on Chris Hemsworth's character, while Kristen Stewart remains in doubt to return. If this all sounds familiar, well it is, because way back in 2012, the rumor was that Stewart was being dropped, though those reports were denied not long after. No reason is being given for Stewart's possible departure — maybe she lost interest, or perhaps Universal wants to focus all their energy and the guy who plays Thor.
It should be noted that Darabont only seems to be directing at this point and not writing, and it's clear who is penning the script just yet. But we reckon we'll find out in short order.
The Hollywood Reporter
Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct 'The Huntsman'The Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont is in talks to direct Universal's The Huntsman, a spinoff of Snow White and the Huntsman.
Chris Hemsworth is returning as the film's titular character, as is Charlize Theron, who played the villain. But Kristen Stewart is not coming back for an encore, as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. The actress found herself at the center of a tabloid maelstrom when compromising photos surfaced of her and Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders (she was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson at the time). The studio emphatically denied at the time that Stewart was exiting the franchise.
Darabont will take the franchise baton from Sanders, whose 2012 film earned an impressive $396.6 million worldwide. Universal cast its net wide when looking for a director, but it eventually came down to Darabont and Gavin O'Connor (Warrior).
Darabont, who directed The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Majestic, hasn't helmed a feature film since 2007's The Mist. He developed and executive produced the hit AMC zombie show The Walking Dead but left the show in 2011.
He is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.