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

     July 31, 2014


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.

the-huntsman-release-date-prequelFrom the official press release:

The fantastical world of 2012’s global hit Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White.  Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in a new epic action-adventure, The Huntsman.  Three-time Oscar® nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank RedemptionThe Green Mile) directs and wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.  Producer Joe Roth (MaleficentAlice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale from the legendary saga.

Which of these two films are you looking forward to the most?  I’m not a huge fan of Kurtzman’s work but I’m intrigued by a Universal monster crossover universe.  Conversely, I’m a huge fan of Darabont’s work but everything I’ve seen from the franchise from which The Huntsman sprung leaves me cold.

  • appolox

    I’m excited about the Mummy. But The Hunstman seems like a pathetic cash grab.

    • Jack Dennis

      if darabont is excited about it I’m all for it especially since stewarts not involved.worst part about the first film was her dreadful performance.

    • Neven

      Ditto. But I want to see it for the sole fact that Darabont’s directing. I guess after Mob City didn’t pan out so well everyone was hoping to, he decided to go back to film. And by the time this gets released, it will have been 9 years since his last feature.

  • Kpaqu1

    Darabont needs a payday.

  • dgrady

    I don’t like the idea of Frank Darabont being a director for hire, especially on a sequel/prequel. Mehh

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  • DNAsplitter

    Very surpised at Darabont directing a prequel to a film that was just ok (visually beautiful but narratively flawed). Hemsorth is probably why he jumped at the opportunity along w large budget – I just hope he changes the tone and make it more grittier.
    My biggest surprise is Universal not hiring Darabont to helm one of their monster films and instead turned to Alex Kurtzman. This whole “four quadrant, family safe” approach just pisses me off and makes me realize that they have no understanding of what made the originals the classics that they are.

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