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At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Universal Pictures is currently moving forward with The Huntsman, a sequel to their 2012 action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman that will primarily focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character and Charlize Theron as the evil Ravenna, with Emily Blunt also in talks for an unspecified villain role. We already know that Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White, but a new report from Deadline reveals that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan, who played three of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, will not be back for the follow-up.
The sequel will only feature two of the dwarfs, although it isn't entirely clear yet which two they will be. Eddie Marsan was forced to bow out due to schedule complications with Showtime's Ray Donovan, while both Nick Frost and Toby Jones "appear not to have agreed on terms for the second installment." The remaining dwarfs »
Visual effects supremo Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in early talks to take over from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to direct the upcoming prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont left the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the hit 2012 movie and shows how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) has been in talks to play a villain in the film.
Nicolas-Troyan has previously worked as a second-unit director on the first film and on Disney’s Maleficent, as well as working as visual effects supervisor on the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring. In recent months, he has been linked to the upcoming Highlander remake.
- Scott J. Davis
Many stories start at the beginning, but Goners, a new comic book series from Image Comics, begins at the end… the end of a family tragedy that leaves two people dead and two others hunted by supernatural forces ranging from ferocious phantoms to sharp-beaked Ekeks and many more malevolent monsters.
With issue #4 of this ambitious horror story hitting shelves today, I caught up with Goners co-creator/writer Jacob Semahn in a Q&A feature to discuss the wide-ranging influences (including John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Stephen King’s works) of his series, the often overlooked creatures lurking within the panels of Goners, what lies ahead for characters and readers alike, and much more. We also have a set of preview pages from Goners #4, teasing the carnage brought upon the Massachusetts town of King’s Bluff by a Skin-Walker and his furry friends.
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- Derek Anderson
As predicted, Universal worked fast to fill the director’s chair on The Huntsman, its planned prequel to 2012 hit Snow White & the Huntsman. Following news that The Shawshank Redemption helmer Frank Darabont had exited the production, it has been announced that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the first film, is signed to take the reins.
Nicolas-Troyan, who was Oscar-nominated for his work on the original, has many other credits to his name, including as second unit director on effects-heavy Maleficent. His past experience with the Huntsman property made him particularly appealing to Universal once Darabont abruptly departed over “creative differences.” The Huntsman will mark Nicolas-Troyan’s feature film directorial debut – though his name is attached to the Highlander reboot, his only past experience as a director is on a short called Carrot Vs Ninja.
Universal is pushing The Huntsman into production quickly, and it is »
- Isaac Feldberg
Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is in talks to take over from Frank Darabont as director of the upcoming prequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman". Darabont departed the project last week due to creative differences.
The film is set before the events of the 2012 movie and show how Chris Hemsworth’s title character and Charlize Theron’s evil queen Ravenna met before the events in the previous film. Emily Blunt has been in talks to play a villain.
Nicolas-Troyan served as second unit director on the original movie and has been a visual effects man on some major blockbusters like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. The 'Huntsman' prequel would be his directorial debut, though he has been linked to other fantasy projects in recent times including the "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" sequel and the "Highlander" remake.
- Garth Franklin
Just four days after Frank Darabont dropped out of Universal Pictures' Snow White and the Huntsman prequel, The Huntsman, the studio has found a replacement director in VFX specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Insiders claim that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was one of the top contenders to helm the sequel when the studio was first looking for a director, since he is very familiar with this story after serving as the visual effects supervisor on the 2012 original.
We reported last week that Emily Blunt is in talks to play the villain, and while Variety reveals that the actress is still in negotiations, her character has not been revealed. Snow White and the Huntsman stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles as The Huntsman and Ravenna, with the story to reveal how both characters' fates intertwined before they met Snow White.
Frank Darabont wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, »
It’s something of a promotion for Nicolas-Troyan, who received an Academy Award nomination in Visual Effects for his work on 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which starred Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.
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- Linda Ge
Emily Blunt is also in talks with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing “The Huntsman.” Website Schmoes Know first reported that Nicolas-Troyan was the top choice to replace Darabont, who left due to creative differences late last week, and sources now confirm he is in talks.
Plot details are vague other than the film revealing how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White.
Insiders say Nicolas-Troyan was among the finalists when Uni first started looking for a director for the pic and the decision made sense to go back to him given how well he knows the world, having worked as the VFX supervisor on the first pic.
Darabont wrote the current draft of the screenplay, »
- Justin Kroll
Hot off a win at the Critics Choice Awards for “Edge of Tomorrow,” Emily Blunt is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel “The Huntsman,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project have told TheWrap.
Director Frank Darabont abruptly left the high-priority project this week but Universal is moving full-steam ahead and a new filmmaker is expected to be hired next week.
Universal did not confirm the casting, though sources did confirm Darabont’s exit, citing creative differences. »
- Jeff Sneider
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