‘The Huntsman’: Frank Darabont Confirmed to Direct, Will Be A Prequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

By July 31, 2014

Looks like Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will continue to jump between franchises for the next few years. Hemsworth obviously has the Thor movies to attend to, and Theron looks to make a splash in Mad Max: Fury Road (which reportedly already has a sequel written and ready to be filmed), but before either of them jumps back into those, they’ll share the screen in The Huntsman, a prequel to 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman. A new press release says that The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile director Frank Darabont will direct the film, which aligns nicely with the fact that he also wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Here’s the official synopsis:

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.

The Huntsman Hemsworth

So Eric and Ravenna knew each other before, eh? They didn’t seem to have much history in the first movie, but A) I don’t remember that movie very well because it was kind of awful, and B) it’s not surprising that a studio would retcon whatever they need to in order to keep a franchise alive. Darabont is a competent filmmaker – though I absolutely despise his take on The Mist – but this is not a movie I’m interested in seeing. Granted, Theron’s insane performance as Ravenna was the only thing that made Snow White and The Huntsman even remotely entertaining, but I wasn’t impressed with Hemsworth or the film as a whole and how it tried to force Snow White into the role of a battle-ready leader. (Plus…Kristen Stewart.)

What did you think about Snow White and the Huntsman? Are you looking forward to seeing a prequel about these characters?

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  • Lil Dragon

    They were the two best characters. Hopefully they will have a better script this time.