The problem plagued follow-up to [Snow White and the Huntsman](movie:44630), [The Huntsman](movie:408861) has yet again found itself with issues after the director Frank Darabont dropped out of the project this week, with sources citing "creative differences" as the reason behind him leaving.
Though with the bad news of Darabont's departure comes the rather good news that Emily Blunt is in serious talks to play a character in the film, which will be a sort of prequel to the 2012 movie. Blunt's character looks likely be the evil Snow Queen, the sister of Queen Ravenna.
The Hunstman will see Charlize Theron reprising her character of Queen Ravenna, as well as Chris Hemsworth back in the role of Eric the Huntsman. Though the plot hasn't been officially released, The Wrap is reporting it will focus on the Huntsman being sent on a quest to find the stolen magic mirror, forcing him to face both his past and the evil Snow Queen, set on avenging the death of her sister Ravenna.
While the plot sounds like it has promise, the long list of problems the movie has faced while being stuck in development hell does mean any news of progress with the film is met with slightly cynicism. Let's take a look back at the problems this much anticipated follow-up has had:
A sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman is planned with director of the film, Rupert Sanders, in talks to return.
In the aftermath of the cheating scandal between Snow White and the Huntsman star Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders, the sequel was shelved. Instead a spin-off film focusing on the Huntsman was planned, in which Kristen Stewart would not star.
Universal later announced that a sequel had not been shelved and that Stewart would reprise her role, but Sanders would not return to direct. Production was set to begin in 2013, for a 2015 release date.
Chris Hemsworth tells E! he does not know anything about a sequel.
Deadline reports that Frank Darabont, Gavin O'Connor and Andres Muschietti are on the shortlist to direct the sequel, with later confirmation that Darabont will direct.
It is also announced that MGM and Legendary Pictures will co-finance the film with Universal.
It was announced that the film would not be a sequel, but a prequel titled The Huntsman, and it would not star Kristen Stewart as Snow White. The film was slated for release on April 22nd, 2016.
Frank Darabont left the production as director, however Universal is still moving ahead with the project and a new filmmaker is expected to be hired within the next week.
Emily Blunt looks set to play the third leading role alongside Hemsworth and Theron.
Hopefully, despite these lengthy issues, the film will soon be back on track and the April 2016 release date stays set in stone. Time will tell!