Frank Darabont, the creator of The Walking Dead, is in early talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2 for Universal Pictures and Roth Films though the movie will focus on Chris Hemsworth and not Kristen Stewart, who will make a cameo at the very most.
According to The Wrap, Darabont has not received an official offer yet but is expected to agree as soon as one materializes. It is believed he beat out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) for the gig.
Stewart, the Twilight actress and star of the original movie, is not expected to return. Publicity around the original movie descended into farce when it emerged that Stewart had engaged in an affair with director Rupert Sanders during filming. The filmmaker is not invited back for the sequel.
Of course, this all makes perfect sense given Hemsworth is now a much bigger star than when appearing in the original. He's starred in The Avengers and the Thor movies and is considered one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.
Rupert Sanders [Centre, left] and Kristen Stewart [R] had an affair on the set of 'SNow White and the Huntsman'
Hemsworth will reteam with Charlize Theron, who is expected to reprise her role as the evil queen left trapped in her own mirror at the end of the first movie.
Darabont's sequel will be based on a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos that was rewritten by Craig Mazin.
The highly regarded director and producer is responsible or for the Stephen King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The List.