The next installment of the dark fantasy adventure film Snow White and the Huntsman has a new director. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has been hired to replace Frank Darabont (The Green Mile), who exited the Universal production over creative differences last week. This picture will mark Nicolas-Troyan's feature film directorial debut. He served as second unit director and visual effects supervisor on the original film.
The edgy, action-packed retelling of the classic Snow White story became a huge hit when it was released a few years ago, earning $400 million worldwide.
Two cast members reprising their roles for this prequel are Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. The movie will reportedly focus of the lives of Ravenna and Huntsman prior to the arrival of Snow White, who was played by Kristen Stewart in the 2012 film.
Negotiating for a role in the movie is Emily Blunt, whose most recent work includes another dark fairy tale picture, the Oscar-nominated Into the Woods.
Joe Roth and Sam Mercer are returning to produce the film.
Although Darabont will not direct the movie, he retains an important connection to the project, having written the current draft of the screenplay. Other writers who have contributed to the script include prominent filmmakers David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Craig Mazin (The Hangover franchise) and Evan Spiliotopoulos, best known for penning last year's Hercules.
The Huntsman will hit theaters nationwide April 22, 2016.
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