It’s one of those projects that seems to have no one excited, but the studio seems dead-set to proceed with anyway, but there has been some movement on the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. The new film based on the 2012 hit revisionist fairy tale will be under the guidance of Shawshank Redemption filmmaker and Walking Dead TV series creator Frank Darabont, his first film since the Stephen King adaptation The Mist in 2007. Not only is Darabont’s involvement the rumor du jour about the project, but sources are saying this sequel will tilt a little more towards one character in the title than the other.
According to The Wrap, Darabont is close to making his involvement official, but has yet to sign on the dotted line. Apparently, Darabont beat out directors Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) after producer Joe Roth took to Darabont’s vision for the sequel above all others.
But what is that vision? Reportedly, it’s one in which Snow White, as played by Kristen Stewart in the original film, will have a small role if she ends up having any role in the film at all. Instead, the emphasis will be on Chris Hemsworth‘s character, the Huntsman, including an appropriate title change to reflect the new choice of lead character. This might be a shrewd move on a couple of levels. First, Hemsworth is arguably now a bigger star than Stewart after his appearance in two Thor movies as well as The Avengers and its upcoming sequel. Secondly, shrinking Stewart’s involvement helps the production avoid all that icky business that went on between the first film’s director, Rupert Saunders, and his leading lady. No one likes that kind of gossip (I think).
It’s believed that Charlize Theron will return to her play the Evil Queen, which is a good thing because she was easily one of the best parts of the film. The fact is that Snow White and the Huntsman had some pretty good ideas behind it by making Snow White kind of bad ass, or at least more than capable of handling herself, and although Darabont’s never made a fantasy film before, he’s at least shown that he knows how to use character to tell an interesting story. And that might be something that a
Snow White and the Huntsman sequel needs more than a visual effects guru.
We’ll have more news as it develops.
Source: The Wrap