'The Mummy' Gets High-Profile Summer 2016 Release; 'The Huntsman' Also Dated

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Alex Kurtzman, who is in negotiations to direct "The Mummy."

Directed by "The Walking Dead's" Frank Darabont, "The Huntsman" will hit theaters in late April 2016.

Universal is pushing back the release of its reboot of The Mummy by two months in order to give it a high-profile 2016 summer berth, while, at the same time, making a home for Frank Darabont's The Huntsman.

Returning Chris Hemsworth in the title role, The Huntsman will debut in theaters April 22, The Mummy's old home. The Mummy will now debut June 24.

Huntsman is a spinoff of Universal's box-office hit Snow White and the Huntsman, but this time out, Kristen Stewart won't appear as Snow White, although Charlize Theron reprises her role as the evil queen. Joe Roth is producing.

The dating announcements came one day after word broke that Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct The Mummy.

Kurtzman, who wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the past decade with former writing partner Roberto Orci, already is producing the movie with Chris Morgan. Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it's understood that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play, but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It also will feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.

Jon Spaihts worked on the script, as did Kurtzman and Orci. Sean Daniel also is a producer on the project. Bobby Cohen is executive producer.