Snow White Prequel ‘The Huntsman’ & ‘Mummy’ Get New Release Dates

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 31st, 2014 at 7:29 pm,

huntsman prequel release date Snow White Prequel The Huntsman & Mummy Get New Release Dates

There are now two Universal-backed project – a modern reboot of The Mummy franchise and a new film set in the Snow White and the Huntsman universe – that are suddenly moving forward at a steady pace, after having looked all but dead for a while. Yesterday, we learned that the next Mummy movie has gained a new director in Alex Kurtzman, who is also serving as one of the chief architects for Universal’s resurrected classic monsters universe; today, the aforementioned Snow White project has been dated for 2016, with the Mummy having been pushed back a couple months to give it more room for landing.

Many a person was shocked when the news emerged that Oscar-nominee Frank Darabont (writer/director of The Shawshank Redemption and creator of The Walking Dead TV show) is planning to direct a new Snow White film, based on a script devised from his original pitch. It turns out said project will actually be a prequel titled The Huntsman, which explains those earlier reports claiming that Kristen Stewart as Snow White will, at most, only cameo in the movie (if she shows up at all).

The Huntsman, according to the Universal press release, will “reveal how the fates of two characters, The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White”; Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their roles as Eric and Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman, respectively. Darabont is confirmed to be directing from his own script draft, though writers Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part III) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules) will still be receiving credit for penning earlier drafts. So far, The Huntsman is the sole new release scheduled for April 22nd, 2016, though that will surely change over the next two years.

Stewart, at one point, was prepped to reprise her role as Snow White in another film set in the Snow White and the Huntsman universe. However, it’s not so surprising that Universal studio heads eventually decided to take the property in a different direction – taking advantage of Hemsworth’s and Theron’s box office pull, but dropping Stewart (bypassing any lingering bad publicity that the Twilight alum might bring, in the process).

mummy reboot release date Snow White Prequel The Huntsman & Mummy Get New Release Dates

As for The Mummy, that film has been moved to a June 24th, 2016 release date; no other blockbusters are claiming that launch pad right now (again, that’ll for sure change). The project, which is officially described as being an “epic action-adventure,” will see Kurtzman direct from a script by Jon Spaihts (the first writer on Prometheus) – who is also working on the script for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange. Kurtzman, as it were, is also still attached to direct a comic book movie, Venom, but if that film does happen then it won’t be for a while now.

Mummy, as mentioned before, is meant to be the springboard for a rebooted shared universe of monster films by Universal, but neither it nor Huntsman is a surefire slam-dunk at the box office – albeit, not necessarily for the same reasons. Even with that said, both projects have enough going for them right now – just in terms of the accomplished creative folk working behind the scenes – that it’s possible that both could turn out to be winners, artistically and financially. Crazier things have happened, after all.

The Huntsman opens in U.S. theaters on April 22nd, 2016, followed a couple months later by The Mummy on June 24th.

Source: Universal Pictures

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  1. Thought the prequel would be called “The Huntsman and The Mummy” from reading the headline.

    • I want to see “The Huntsman and the Mummy” now.

  2. Bahahahaaaaa I thought the same thing. That would have been epic!

  3. So the Huntsman movie is a prequel, eh? That makes it even less relevant.

    It couldn’t have been that hard to write Snow in a way that allows for franchise growth in case it click with the audience, especially since it was clearly not a direct adaptation of the original story. Still don’t know why they didn’t do it that way.

    • I’m cool with Theron and Hemsworth coming back for this prequel, they were my favorite parts of SWATH.

    • Bringing Kristen Stewart back to SWATH only resurrects the cheating scandal between her and the married director of the film. Universal doesn’t want the press constantly reminding the public of that stupid exercise of bad judgment from both parties (and the press will) because it would hurt the box office.

  4. The project, which is officially described as being an “epic action-adventure,”

    I think u forgot “epic family friendly action-adventure,”

  5. Exciting news that they are doing this as a prequel and not a sequel. I’m a big fan of the first film. The fact tht they are hiring an Academy-Award winning Director certainly will help the film They should cast Natalie Portman as Eric’s wife Sarah.

  6. Here’s a better idea, drop the whole thing and create something original!
    If you’re gonna milk out a property, make sure its remotely interesting at the very least.