Friday, June 27, 2014

Frank Darabont in talks to direct 'The Huntsman', Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron to reprise their roles

2012's Snow White and the Huntsman was not a good movie. The film was a boring, tired slog with uninspired action scenes and lifeless performances. Of course, once the Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth-starred feature was a hit, talk of a sequel immediately began. However, a release date was never set and most film bloggers seemed to think that the project had been shelved. Apparently not. Another film in the Snow White and the Huntsman franchise has been greenlit and Universal is now in talks with director Frank Darabont to take over for Rupert Sanders, who directed the first film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Huntsman will be a spin-off and will star Chris Hemsworth as the titular character. Charlize Theron will also reprise her role but Kristen Stewart will not be returning. No details are currently available about the film's story, but it will obviously focus on Chris Hemsworth's character.

Frank Darabont is not officially the director yet, but THR is treating this as if it's a sure thing. I can definitely say that I do not like this move. Not that I think Darabont will do a bad job. I just think that his talents could be used better. Darabont is an executive producer on The Walking Dead right now, but he also created the TNT miniseries Mob City and directed films such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. His last film was 2007's The Mist. He's obviously directed great things in the past and unless The Huntsman has a really stellar script, I would rather see Darabont do other things. No release date has been announced yet, but expect The Huntsman to hit theaters in 2016 or 2017.

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