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'The Huntsman' Loses Director Frank Darabont, Gains Emily Blunt

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January 18, 2015
Source: The Wrap

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Last summer, a press release from Universal Pictures confirmed that Frank Darabont would be at the helm of The Huntsman, a spin-off from Snow White and the Huntsman that would focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character from the fantasy update. Kristen Stewart isn't coming back for the follow-up, and now Darabont won't be along for the ride after all either as The Wrap reports he left the project due to creative differences. However, Universal is in the process of gaining a new talent for the film as Into the Woods and Edge of Tomorrow star Emily Blunt is now in talks for the villain role in the new adventure.

The sequel/spin-off will focus on the huntsman Eric who is sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, which puts him on a path to face something from his past, in addition to the evil Snow Queen, sister of Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the sorceress from the first film who will also be back in some capacity. As for the vacant director's chair, the studio hopes to find a new director in the next week, so they don't lose any time heading towards production and hitting the already set April 22nd, 2016 release date.

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  • Bloost
    For god sakes, Emily, get someone to pick your projects.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Edge of Tomorrow and Looper were some pretty good choices.
      • Bloost
        Her role in Looper was pretty thankless.
        • Jon Odishaw
          And thats why she does roles like this one, wider audience, more recognition. The actors you remember can tackle both, the smaller roles that they want and the bigger ones for thanks.
          • Bloost
            But this won't do her any favors if she wants a wider audience. Is anyone asking for this film? The first one flopped in the US. She really should've accepted either Black Widow or Agent Carter. She's a phenomenal actress but you can star in big films that are good, too, like Edge Of Tomorrow.
  • DAVIDPD
    Darabont would have been good for this sequel. Blunt will be better.
  • ari smulders
    someone like darabont you give creative freedom,again a mistake of the execs...

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