Emily Blunt is also in talks to star in the film, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing “The Huntsman.” Website Schmoes Know first reported that Nicolas-Troyan was the top choice to replace Darabont, who left due to creative differences late last week, and sources now confirm that he is in talks.
Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how the fates of two characters, the Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White.
Insiders say Nicolas-Troyan was among the finalists when Universal first started looking for a director for the pic and the decision made sense to go back to him given how well he knows the world, having worked as the VFX supervisor on the first film.
Darabont wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The pic is set to bow on April 22, 2016.
Nicolas-Troyan is currently developing “Bethlehem” for Universal and a reboot of “Highlander” for Summit. He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.