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. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale from the legendary saga."
We reported in June that Frank Darabont's take exclusively focused on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman character, leaving it uncertain if Kristen Stewart will be back as Snow White. With the title change, it seems she will not be back for this installment. The Huntsman currently has the April 22, 2016 date to itself, but it falls just one week ahead of the recently-announced comedy sequel The Best Man Wedding.
As for the Untitled Mummy Reboot, it also has no competition lined up at this time, but it comes between animated sequels Finding Dory and How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 17, 2016 and Angry Birds, The BFG, Independence Day 2 and Tarzan on July 1, 2016. We reported yesterday that Alex Kurtzman signed on to direct the Untitled Mummy Reboot, which doesn't have any cast members attached yet.