EXCLUSIVE: I told you a few weeks ago that Frank Darabont was on the short list to direct Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman 2. Now its a really short list: I’m hearing he’s in negotiations to direct the sequel to the original, which Rupert Sanders helmed and which grossed close to $400 million worldwide on a $170M budget.

The studio is considering the movie a spinoff, not a sequel, and sparked to Darabont’s pitch, which focused almost exclusively on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman character. It remains to be seen whether Kristen Stewart will reprise her role as Snow White.

Darabont, who helmed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, also hatched The Walking Dead and helped forge it into cable TV’s top-rated drama before getting fired. He hasn’t helmed a feature since 2007′s The Mist.