The Huntsman
Universal Pictures has officially confirmed that Frank Darabont will direct the Snow White and the Huntsman, prequel officially titled The Huntsman. Read more about The Huntsman, including a newly announced release date and returning cast after the jump.

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Whether you loved, hated, embraced or ignored Snow White and the Huntman, there’s one sure fire way to make most of us interested in a sequel. Hire Frank Darabont to direct it. And that might happen.

The Shawshank Redemption filmmaker, who last directed The Mist in 2007, is among the names Universal is reportedly looking at to direct the hopeful 2016 release Snow White and the Huntsman 2 starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. The other two, more realistic options, are Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Read More »

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Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
  • The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
  • Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
  • Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
  • Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
  • 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
  • Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
  • George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Universal does have some original releases coming up over the next few years, but their big announcements out of CinemaCon have been all about the sequels. Earlier today, we learned that Fast & Furious 7 would hit next year, followed by Pitch Perfect 2 the year after that.

But that’s not all. In addition, the studio also confirmed that Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is on track to hit in 2015, and that yes, we’re getting another Bourne movie. Eventually.

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Universal is in an interesting position now. The studio is free of the contract with Hasbro that had it dedicated to developing board-game properties for some time, and has started to settle into a place where it floats on the performance of big comedies (Ted), the occasional well-chosen pop-culture adaptation (Les Miserables), and affordable franchise installments (Fast & Furious, Bourne) rather than massive tentpoles.

And so Universal is working on sequels to the giant hit Ted and horror performer Mama. In a new interview, studio chairman Adam Fogelson explains that he also may made an Identity Thief sequel (“we created great characters, so we’ll discuss how to re-pair Jason [Bateman] and Melissa going forward”) and an “at long last” film version of Wicked (“I believe that we are collectively moving toward Wicked coming to the screen sooner rather than later”).

But the real focus is on those franchise installments, including another Snow White and the Huntsman movie, and the new Mummy and Van Helsing films. Read More »

Universal’s been unambiguous about its desire to see a Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but it’s been less clear about the direction it wants that sequel to take. After the studio fast-tracked the follow-up in June, news broke in August that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) could but cut out of the equation altogether — only for the studio issue a denial and insist that they were still “exploring all options.”

Now it looks like they’ve finally made a decision. Stewart is following up last month’s comments about the “strong possibility” of her return with an actual confirmation. More details after the jump.

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The sequel news today involves from pretty big franchises, or some high-profile ones at least. After the break read about the following:

  • One Expendables film was enough for Chuck Norris,
  • David Koepp is no longer working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel,
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire remains in development, but David Fincher’s participation as director remains uncertain,
  • and the UK comedy The Inbetweeners is looking likely for sequelization.

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First Universal spun the classic Snow White fable into an action-adventure tentpole pic with equal billing for the Huntsman, and now fairy tale princess is about to get dropped from the equation altogether. Even before Snow White and the Huntsman opened, the studio was lining up plans for a sequel. And as of today, that follow-up is still moving forward — only it’s being reconfigured to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman, cutting Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White out completely.

While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off. More details after the jump.

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