I rather enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman: it wasn’t perfect, but is was enjoyable and gloriously dark in places. I was always up for the planned trilogy of Snow White, The Huntsman and finally Queen Ravenna, but when Frank Darabont was confirmed to be directing The Huntsman, I couldn’t have been happier.
We were about to get a really strong sequel if Darabont’s talent was anything to go by, but sadly Deadline is reporting that Darabont has now quite the film.
They’ve apparently parted amicably, and the old “creative differences” is being cited as the reason. The studio has someone else in its cross hairs, and it is expected to stay on track and keep the April 22, 2016, release date.
In other news, The Wrap is reporting that Emily Blunt is in talks to join the cast of the sequel, however no details have been revealed as to who she might be playing.
Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as Eric, the Huntsman who aided Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White in the original Rupert Sanders film. The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic mirror (which has been stolen), forcing him to face not only his past but the evil Snow Queen who’s set on avenging her sister Ravenna’s death.
Charlize Theron will return as the villainous Ravenna and Blunt is making a deal to play her sister, the evil Snow Queen.
Joe Roth is producing the film, which will be executive produced by Palak Patel. Darabont wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.