Fairy tales don’t have “happily ever after” endings when they can instead launch franchises. At least that’s what Universal is thinking in having a sequel in development to their 2012 film Snow White And The Huntsman. The Wrap is now reporting that the studio has settled on writer/director Frank Darabont to direct their planned follow up.
Darabont apparently beat out Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig, with the studio and producer Joe Roth reportedly very excited by the director’s idea for a sequel.
One person who ay not be coming back, or at least only coming back in an extremely limited capacity, is the film’s Snow White, Kristen Stewart. The Warp is reporting that the sequel will put much more of an emphasis on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character, and given the actor’s growing popularity from his role as Thor in Marvel Studios’ superhero films, it is possible that the new film will rebrand the franchise to stress Hemsworth character more prominently. If Stewart were to return, it only be in a small cameo role.
Charlize Theron, who played the evil queen in the first film, is expected to return for more villainy.