'Highlander's' Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to Replace Frank Darabont on 'Huntsman'

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan it in talks to replace Frank Darabont as director of Universal Pictures' sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, according to Variety, which confirms an initial report by Schmoes Know. Nicolas-Troyan was visual effects supervisor of the first film, and is developing the Highlander reboot for Summit Entertainment.

Darabont, best known for his Stephen King adaptations and for developing AMC's The Walking Dead, was revealed last week to have left the project due to "creative differences."

The follow-up to the 2012 action fantasy film jettisons Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart, and will reportedly focus on the lives of Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) first intersected. Emily Blunt (Into the Woods) is said to be in negotiations to play the Snow Queen, Ravenna's villainous sister, who seeks revenge against the Huntsman as he searches for the magic mirror.

Darabont wrote the most recent version of the screenplay, following drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film is set to open April 22, 2016.


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