Universal has been looking at putting forth yet another version of the old classic horror monster, the Mummy, the latest in a long tradition of Hollywood attempting to make new money from old products. It’s gone through a couple of incarnations in the form of multiple scripts and now it looks as if the project will need a new director as well.
Len Wiseman was set to direct the reboot, but has now gone bye-bye, instead choosing to focus on his upcoming Sleepy Hollow series. This has caused a bit of chaos, of course, since the plan was to release the new Mummy sometime in 2014. Now, if they want to keep that kind of a schedule, they’ll need a new director, and fast.
What do the Nerd Readers think? A new “darker” Mummy movie? Or just let the poor guy have another decade of rest?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
So it’s that time yet again – time to recycle some old monster flick names and try to make some more monies. This time around The Mummy is the targeted victim of the Hollywood reboot machine. Okay, wait… which one are they remaking? The classic mummy horror film or the Brendan Fraser action flick that spawned a buttload of horrible sequels and spin-offs? Well, it looks like they’re going for something different this time – a modern take on the classic character.
The team of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jon Spaihts is going to produce and they just signed on Len Wiseman to direct. In a recent interview with Deadline, both Kurtzman and Wiseman had a few things to say about the upcoming project.
When talking to Kurtzman:
We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern day science.
Horror and action I can see. I mean, it is pretty much made for those genres. But family movie? Michael Crichton’s sales? Sigh…
Kurtzman went on to explain a little more:
A lot of the work with Len has been about creating mythology, and I remember seeing Underworld and finding it a beautiful advancement of the genre. It was presented in this fresh, incredibly cool concept, but it never gave up its reverence for the mythology and that is what inspired us to meet with Len.
And now he’s praising the Underworld franchise? Double sigh…
So what did Wiseman have to say?
One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person.
Now if only we could get someone with a brain to be thinking and calculating about a script. Personally, I expect this to be another money-hound, chasing movie-goers’ wallets via an easily-digestible script and mediocre yet familiar casting.
Any dissenters among the Nerdreader ranks? Think this crew can pull off something more than another FX-driven attempt at mediocrity?
Currently, the new Mummy flick is aiming for a summer 2014 release.
Thanks to /film for the warning on this one.
In another burst of reboot-fever, Universal Pictures has announced that they will be returning The Mummy franchise in a new form. This won’t just be another mind-numbing sequel starring Brendon Fraser, nor an under-performing spin-off starring The Rock, but a complete redo that promises to take the undead legend in a new direction.
The mummy is an old soul, dating back to 1932. Even that mummy had its share of mediocre sequels, and when the title came back for a second run in 1999, it followed suit, though with a much higher budget (and a much higher box office return).
The latest installment will be penned by up-and-coming star scriptwriter Jon Spaihts, of Prometheus fame. Spaihts has been on the lips of producers since writing the first draft of Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated Alien prequel and has a reputation for working within the world of sci-fi. Unfortunately, Universal will be sticking with The Mummy’s original producer, Sean Daniel, so we’ll see how that goes.
Spaihts is looking forward to putting a new spin on the The Mummy, as he recently stated in an interview:
“I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with ‘Prometheus’: to go back to a franchise’s roots in a dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.”
With this hot, new scriptwriter putting his mind to the task, the new Mummy may turn out to be piece of quality horror. Prometheus hasn’t hit screens quite yet, but what audiences see there is likely to be indicative of what can be expected from Spaihts future work. Now, if only they could get Ridley Scott to direct it…
Thanks to the hard-working folks at ComingSoon for this one.