'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' Gets a Director, Release Date and Title

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For those eager to return to the darkly whimsical world of 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' we have good news: Universal has given 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' a release date. But that's not all, the upcoming sequel to the 2012 film also has an official, shorter title, ditching Snow White altogether.

We've known for a little while that Kristen Stewart's Snow White will not be returning for the sequel, which will instead focus more on the brawny huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth (who trades in Thor's hammer for an axe). And now Universal has revealed that the official title for 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' will simply be 'The Huntsman.' The film will hit theaters on April 22, 2016.

Charlize Theron's evil queen will also be returning along with Hemsworth for the action-fantasy sequel, which is set to be directed by Frank Darabont. Darabont was previously the showrunner for season 1 of AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' and has helmed film adaptations of Stephen King's 'The Mist,' 'The Shawshank Redemption,' and 'Green Mile.' Darabont's work is often bleak and moving, but not typically action-oriented -- something we'll want to see in 'The Huntsman.' It'll certainly be interesting to see how Darabont approaches this sequel, which is his biggest project yet.

Darabont also wrote the most recent version of the script; a previous draft was written by Craig Mazin ('The Hangover Part 3,' 'Identity Thief') and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Brett Ratner's 'Hercules'). With 'The Huntsman' hitting theaters on April 22, 2016, Universal has pushed their reboot of 'The Mummy' back to June 24, 2016.

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