Snow White Sequel 'The Huntsman' Lands a New Director in No Time

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:17 Written by  iamrogue
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Snow White Sequel 'The Huntsman' Lands a New Director in No Time

Well, that was fast.

Mere days after The Huntsman lost its last director, Universal Pictures has enlisted Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel.

You've probably never heard the name Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, but you've almost certainly laid eyes on his work before. 

He was second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman, and he received an Oscar nomination for his work as visual effects supervisor on the 2012 fairy tale adventure.  He oversaw the second unit on Disney's Maleficent, too.  As a visual effects artist at Method Studios, he worked on One hour Photo and a couple Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Nicolas-Troyan has been attached to the long in-development Highlander reboot for some time.  He previously directed the short film Carrot vs. Ninja (included at the bottom of this post), but The Huntsman will be his feature directorial debut.

Universal keeping the sequel on track to hit theaters on April 22, 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's despite the departure of Frank Darabont, who left The Huntsman over creative differences last week.  Even though the Shawshank Redemption helmer and former Walking Dead showrunner will no longer direct, his script remains in place.  Darabont rewrote a screenplay which previously saw contributions from Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Joe Roth, who has made hay with CGI-driven public domain revisionist fantasies like Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent, and Snow White and the Huntsman, returns to produce on this one.

Not coming back this time is Snow White herself, Kristen Stewart.  As you may have guessed from the title, The Huntsman instead focuses on Eric, Chris Hemsworth's character from the first film. 

Charlize Theron is also returning as the villainous Ravenna.  As we learned just days ago, Emily Blunt is in talks to play Ravenna's sister the Snow Queen (shades of Frozen), who is looking to avenger her sibling.

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