Once upon a time, there was a shortlist of directors being considered to helm the prequel to ‘Snow White & The Huntsman.’ One was Frank Darabont, a wizened old sort with an affinity for Hawaiian shirts and actor Tom Hanks. Another was Gavin O’Connor, helmer of warriors and possessor of the wry smile. The final participant was a wayward fellow with a blank, ghostly stare named Andy Muschietti. Of the three, none had reportedly committed liaisons with the original film’s star Kristen Stewart, an affront that cost the first film’s director Rupert Sanders his return appearance. But in the realms of fantasy and wonder, small men shall surge on, whistling while they work. And lo, a chosen one shall lead them. Crack the seal, weary traveler, and let thou click “more” to read on!
Ch-ch-ch-changes! Frank Darabont has been brought on to direct the next installment of the ‘Snow White’ franchise, just this time without Snow White! With April 22nd 2016 as the present release date, Universal Pictures sent out this juicy press release:
“The fantastical world of 2012’s global hit SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN expands to reveal how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in a new epic action-adventure, THE HUNTSMAN. Three-time Oscar® nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) directs and wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale from the legendary saga.”
When Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders were busted getting hot and heavy in a parking lot, they both got goodbyes from the film series. Not to mention peace outs from her then beau Robert Pattinson and Sanders’ wife Liberty Ross. Hope it was worth it!
The first film was a success but the dark cloud of scandal hung over it for much of its run. Despite criticisms of the screenplay and Stewart’s shaky performance, the project got kudos for set design and effects. And Frank Darabont is on board to work his magic. I hope there’s a good editor on this ship too because Darabont likes his movies long. Shawshank and Green Mile were good films, but they both could’ve used a shave.
Shame Darabont and Kristen Stewart aren’t best buds or he might’ve gone to bat for her. That’s one loyal dude who sticks up for his buddies. He directed the Stephen King adaptation of ‘The Mist’ and went on to hire half the cast to star in The Walking Dead. I feel like he would’ve fought for her return despite her loose ways. Can you tell I’m a fan of his? Pretty obvious, yeah. Are you reading this, Darabont? Because we could be pals, like peas and carrots!
I didn’t see the first movie and I don’t plan on it, Thor or no Thor. I watched this instead:
Source – Slashfilm