THE HUNTSMAN Prequel Set For April 2016, THE MUMMY Moves to June

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I never saw Snow White and the Huntsman, it just didn’t seem like my thing.  Which makes it kind of hard for me to be interested in a followup or spin-off aside from the fact that one of my favorite directors, Frank Darabont, will be helming it (he also did the newest draft of the script).  But it’s coming anyway, and now we get the news that this new film, called The Huntsman, is actually a prequel (which makes more sense).  And yes, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be returning (although Kristen Stewart won’t).  The new film hits on April 22nd, 2016.

Yesterday we also got the news that Alex Kurtzman would be directing The Mummy reboot, part of a larger cinematic universe for Universal.  That film has now moved to get out of The Huntsman‘s way and will come out on June 24th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on The Huntsman release date and what lays ahead in the film.

Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; Kristen Stewart Not Expected to Return

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Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has found a director.  The follow-up was a curious prospect, given that the first film—a more grounded, ethereal reimagining of the Snow White story—was met with a ho-hum response from audiences, but a solid $396 million take at the global box office overall.  The fiim itself, though, became overshadowed by the behnd-the-scenes drama involving director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart.  Universal remained keen on continuing on with its franchise plans, but it was unclear which direction they would be taking.

Movement sped up recently as a shortlist of directors surfaced that included Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andres Muschietti (Mama), but it appears that it is veteran filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) who will come away with the job.  However, in an interesting turn of events, Stewart may be left out of the follow-up entirely.  More after the jump.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2: Director Short List Includes Frank Darabont, Andres Muschietti, and Gavin O’Connor

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The short list for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman sequel include veteran directors Frank Darabont and Gavin O’Connor, with relative newcomer Andres Muschietti being named as well.  While Darabont’s name may be more familiar to the common movie-goer due to his work adapting and directing Stephen King stories for Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, O’Connor has been in the feature-directing game almost as long.  However, his most notable works came in the 2000s with sports dramas Miracle and Warrior; O’Connor’s current film is the Western Jane Got a Gun.  Muschietti made a name for himself with his lone credit, the horror film Mama.  Hit the jump for more on this intriguing trio of directors.

Universal Aiming for 2015 Release for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; “Actively Working” on Next BOURNE

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Universal Pictures made its presentation to theater owners today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and Steve was onhand to get a look at what Universal has planned in the near future.  While he’ll have his recap of the footage online a bit later, we wanted to share a couple of news tidbits that were announced during the panel which include updates on the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and the next Bourne film.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Considering IDENTITY THIEF and MAMA Sequels; Hopes to Release FIFTY SHADES OF GREY in Summer 2014

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Universal Pictures had a pretty impressive 2012 despite the high-profile bomb Battleship.  The R-rated comedy Ted has now raked in over $500 million worldwide, and with a sequel already in development, Universal is looking to tee up a couple of other franchises in the near future.  Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson recently sat down for an interview in which he revealed that the studio is actively developing a sequel to this year’s comedy hit Identity Thief, they’re working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel without director Rupert Sanders, they hope to make more Bourne movies, and they’re looking to get the anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation in theaters by Summer 2014.  He also talked a bit about their approach to the Van Helsing reboot.

Moreover, a separate report has surfaced claiming that Universal is also eyeing a potential franchise for last month’s horror film Mama, though the pic’s director isn’t exactly keen on expanding the premise into a sequel.  Hit the jump to read on.

Kristen Stewart Confirms Return for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Sequel

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As Universal plans to move forward with their Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, it appears as though Kristen Stewart will return to reprise her title role. The status of the cast and crew of the sequel has been up in the air owing in part to a rumored affair between Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. Universal had optioned Stewart and co-star Chris Hemsworth to two more films: a sequel and a Huntsman spin-off, but Stewart herself recently confirmed that she will return in the sequel at least. Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Ashley Greene Eyes SATANIC; Wendi McLendon-Covey to Star in Tyler Perry’s SINGLE MOM’S CLUB; Kristen Stewart Says SNOW WHITE 2 “A Strong Possibility”

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A few casting updates:

  • Ashley Greene is in talks to join Haley Bennett in Satanic (formerly known as Kristy), a horror movie about a group of college students who are attacked in their dormitory over Thanksgiving break.
  • Wendi McLendon-Covey is the first of four female leads to be cast by Tyler Perry for his next movie, Single Mom’s Club.
  • Kristen Stewart suggests “there’s a strong possibility” she will return for Snow White and the Huntsman 2.

Details after the jump.

Chris Hemsworth Talks SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, a Spinoff for His Character, Being Punched by Kristen Stewart & More

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Though many were beleaguered by the fact that two Snow White movies were slated to open in 2012, the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman clued us in that director Rupert Sanders had crafted a very different take on the Snow White story than most were expecting.  The dark and epic iteration of the famous fairy tale landed on our list of the most anticipated films of the year, and the impressive cast of Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Kristen Stewart only adds to the film’s appeal.

I recently got the chance to speak with Hemsworth about the film alongside a small group of journalists via a Google+ Hangout video interview while the actor was in London doing press.  Hemsworth talked about pulling from Harrison Ford’s performances as Indiana Jones and Han Solo for the Huntsman character, what drew him to the project, being punched by co-star Stewart, the success of The Avengers and much more.  He also talked a bit about a rumored sequel/prequel/spinoff for his Huntsman character that may or may not come to fruition.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

David Koepp May Write SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Sequel; Rupert Sanders Expected to Direct

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In keeping with the trend of studios jumping the gun on potential franchises, Universal is looking to get a script going for a sequel to this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman.  The studio is apparently already in discussions with David Koepp (Spider-Man) to get to work on a sequel to the highly anticipated fantasy epic.  Apparently Universal is hoping to fast track the project so they can make it director Rupert Sanders’ next film.  The trailers have actually been quite impressive for the dark take on the classic tale, and Sanders looks to have crafted a decidedly unique and epic film.  Hit the jump for more.

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