The Huntsman, Universal‘s Snow White And The Huntsman prequel, is getting an April 22, 2016 release date. That means a later release for the studio’s The Mummy, which originally had that date but is moving to June 26 of that year.
Both projects have been making news. Frank Darabont last month came aboard to direct Huntsman, a prequel that reveals how the fates of two characters — The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna — intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are back for those roles, and Darabont has written the most recent draft of the script that is not being called a sequel. Although, Universal will certainly take a repeat of the 2012 pic which grossed close to $400 million worldwide on a $170M budget.
The Mummy, meanwhile, is the first pic in Universal’s initiative under Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to reboot its classic movie monster franchises; Kurtzman was set just yesterday to helm the Mummy franchise. That’s a quick turnaround considering the plan to expand and unify Universal’s network of classic characters and stories was unveiled first (by Deadline) just a couple weeks ago.