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Universal Pictures announced today that their Snow White and the Huntsman prequel The Huntsman will be released on April 22, 2016, while confirming that Frank Darabont is set to direct with Snow White and the Huntsman stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron returning. The studio has also moved their Untitled Mummy Reboot from April 22, 2016 to June 24, 2016.
Take a look at the studio's official statement, which makes no mention of Kristen Stewart returning as Snow White.
"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 Charlize Theron return to their roles in a new epic action-adventure, The Huntsman. Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) directs and wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. »
The studio confirmed on Thursday (July 31) that The Huntsman will hit cinemas on April 22, 2016, with Chris Hemsworth returning as the titular hero.
It was recently announced that the prequel will focus solely Hemsworth's character The Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart's Snow White being excised entirely.
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 ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Universal Pictures is looking at a pretty profitable year in 2016. In addition to Ride Along 2, Warcraft, The Best Man Wedding, Bourne 5 and Skull Island, the studio has just added a high-profile prequel to its lineup, simultaneously bumping another big-budget reboot back two months. Let’s take the prequel first, then the reboot.
Tody, the studio unveiled Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up The Huntsman, which will count out Kristen Stewart to instead tell the story of how the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) first encountered villainous Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Frank Darabont is set to direct the prequel, which was formerly known as Snow White and the Huntsman 2. It has been dated for April 22nd, 2016.
The film previously slotted for that date, Alex Kurtzman’s remake of The Mummy, has been shifted by two months to June 24th, 2016. Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) will be penning the script, about which details are currently scarce. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Universal Pictures is shifting around pieces on its release calendar.
“The Mummy” will now rise from the dead on June 24, 2016. Both films have their dates to themselves, although “The Huntsman” will debut the week after “The Best Man Wedding,” while “The Mummy” will land between “Independence Day 2,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” and “Finding Dory.”
- Brent Lang
Universal Pictures is in final negotiations with Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy reboot, says The Hollywood Reporter. He is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan. Earlier this month, it was reported that Kurtzman and Morgan will be bringing all the classic Universal monsters together to form a cohesive cinematic universe, an effort that…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this will be Universal’s first film in their new monster series, in which producers plan on developing a Marvel-like shared cinematic universe with the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein and more.
Mummy will unwrap into theaters on April 22, 2016, and will set the tone for future monster movies to build off of, similar to Iron Man’s role in 2008. Little is known about Mummy’s plot, but it is believed to be set in the present day, and will not feature any of the same characters from the previous franchise.
Kurtzman had already been producing the project with 47 Ronin writer Chris Morgan, but the studio was extremely impressed with his command of the material, and offered him the director’s chair. »
- Harrison Okin
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were writing partners behind some of the biggest franchises, including "Transformers," "Star Trek" and "The Amazing Spider-Man." But recently, the two have went their separate ways. Now come word that Universal Pictures is in final negotiations with Kurtzman (Venom, People Like Us) to direct it's upcoming "The Mummy" reboot, which is part of a bigger plan for the studio to apply Marvel's superhero strategy to its classic movie monsters. Very little is known about the plot, except that it's set in the present and is an action-adventure film with horror elements. "The Mummy" is set to hit theaters on April 22nd, 2016. »
It's no secret that Universal is rebooting The Mummy series, nor that it's tapped up Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee a 'classic monsters universe' for the studio. The Mummy is set to be the first entry in that new take on said universe, and Jon Spaihts has put a screenplay together.
The project has passed through a few directors thus far. Len Wiseman was originally attached to it, before Mama's Andy Muschietti signed up to make the film. Muschietti and Universal reportedly parted company on the film due to the former's desire to take the film a little darker, rather than family friendly.
Universal has found a director for its forthcoming reboot of The Mummy, with THR reporting that Alex Kurtzman will be the man to take the helm. We recently brought you news that Kurtzman and new writing partner Chris Morgan had been charged by the studio with creating a new crossover universe linking all its classic monster franchises, with The Mummy set to be first out of the gate. Now it appears that Kurtzman’s duties will extend beyond sketching the overall template for said universe, with THR claiming he is in the final stage of...
- George Wales
Meadowland, Stuck, Lamb, The Mummy, and other films have all made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. The Preppie Connection Lucy Fry will play Alexis, the most popular girl in school [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
One of the most consistently strong screenwriters of blockbusters action (Transformers, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek), Alex Kurtzman is finally starting to get some choice directorial projects. Last December, it was announced that he would direct a Venom spin-off movie for Sony. Now, Kurtzman has been tapped to direct a reboot of The Mummy for Universal, as part of the studio’s new experiment to have an extended universe of monster films starring properties like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
“Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology,” Jeff Kirschenbaum, Universal’s co-president of production, told The Hollywood Reporter. “It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”
Kurtzman was already writing and producing the Mummy reboot with Fast and Furious »
- Jordan Adler
Hopefully the third time turns out to be the charm for Universal as they've brougth on yet another director (after two backed out) for their upcoming The Mummy reboot. Alex Kurtzman will be taking the helm of the film, though that seems to throw some of his other projects into question. Come inside to see the full report!
Not too long ago, word came out that Universal had brought on Kurtzman and Chris Morgan in order to created a combine universe, utilizing their stable of classic movie monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, etc). Somehow all of these films would interconnect with one another while rebooting them for a new generation. When the announcement came out, Universal made it clear that the reboot of The Mummy would be the film to kick things off. The only problem with that, however, was that not one but two directors had already been attached and passed on the film. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Two weeks ago, Universal Pictures announced it is moving forward with plans to construct a massive, interconnected monster movie universe with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Today, we have word that Alex Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first entry into this franchise, the Untitled Mummy Reboot.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was initially attached to direct before he bowed out, paving the way for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to come on board before he left in May. However, both of those filmmakers were on board before this inter-connected monster universe was hatched. The Mummy Reboot will be the first project launched within this cinematic universe, setting the tone for those that come after it.
While no plot details have been confirmed, insiders claim that the project is set in present day, with a whole new set of characters. The reboot is said to be more of an action-adventure with horror elements, »
The Mummy is just the latest title to earn a reboot from Hollywood eager to repackage familiar names to us. The latest version of the legend is set to bow May 22nd, 2016, but has been director-less for awhile. Fortunately, the studio is eager to team with a man who mixes blockbuster experience with a totally fresh eye behind the camera. Yep, Universal's calling to the bullpen, and Alex Kurtzman is coming out. The Wrap reports that screenwriter Alex Kurtzman has been selected to helm the new version of The Mummy for Universal. This is a new vision of the character, distanced completely from the high adventure of the 1999 reboot and its sequels, and more indebted to the horror origins of the character. This new vision would harken back particularly to the movies from the silent and early talkies era that branded the Mummy as one of Universal's classic monsters like »
It’s only been a few short months since writing dream team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek," “Transformers 2,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) announced the dissolution of their creative writing partnership, but the two have been busy ever since. Orci’s essentially going to take over the “Star Trek” series and direct “Star Trek 3” and Kurtzman is more involved in the “Spider-Man” series and will helm the villain “Venom” adaptation. And given Kurtzman and Orci were already developing “The Mummy” reboot together for Universal, it’s probably no surprise that Kurtzman has stepped up to take the directing job–"Mama" director Andrés Muschietti was tasked for the job last fall, but bailed over reported "creative differences” earlier this year. And it sounds like “Fast and Furious” scribe Chris Morgan is Kurtzman’s new bff partner. Variety makes no mention of Orci in their report, so perhaps these guys have »
- Edward Davis
Following news that Transformers franchise producer and writer Alex Kurtzman would team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to producer a film universe that would bring together all of their classic Universal monsters like Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, it turns out the former will have an even bigger role in the production. THR reports Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the reboot of The Mummy at Universal after Andy Muschietti fell away from the project, and some small details about the project have surfaced, revealing that this will be the first Mummy film in awhile not set in the past. Instead, this new version of the film will be set in present day, and will be an action adventure with horror elements. There will also be completely new characters so as not to rehash or remake previous versions of the story. Sounds like the smart »
- Ethan Anderton
The writing was on the wall for this one when it was announced the other week that Kurtzman and "Fast and Furious" series scribe Morgan would act as the gatekeepers of a Universal Movie Monster Cinematic Universe that would kick off with the new "The Mummy" on April 22nd 2016.
The new 'Mummy' will essentially set the tone and feel for the rest of the universe, so Kurtzman's involvement is understandable. The new 'Mummy' is said to be more action-adventure oriented and set in the present day. It will also feature new characters.
Len Wiseman and Andy Muschietti were previously linked as potential directors back before Universal decided to launch its Monster Cinematic Universe. Kurtzman's involvement as director was only in question due to his attachment to Sony's "Spider-Man »
- Garth Franklin
It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned that Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) would be spearheading a crossover universe for the Universal Monsters starting with The Mummy, but it appears that those plans also include giving Kurtzman the keys to the first film out of the gate. The Mummy is intended to set the tone for the other Universal Monsters films going forward, and while the project previously had Len Wiseman (Underworld) attached to direct and then later Andy Muschietti (Mama), both of those filmmakers subsequently left the project. With Universal keen on getting going sooner rather than later in anticipation of a May 22, 2016 release date, the studio has now tapped Kurtzman to direct The Mummy instead. More after the jump. Per THR, Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to take the helm of The Mummy. Kurtzman is best known »
- Adam Chitwood
The two will also produce the pic with Jon Spaihts penning the script.
Plot details are vague other than it will be set in present time, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser, which had a period feel to them. It’s also known that none of the characters from that set of films will appear in this one.
Universal’s executive vice president of production Jon Mone and director of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.
Kurtzman had previously directed the DreamWorks pic “People Like Us.” He is repped by CAA.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
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