In 1999, Universal Studios had an unlikely hit in a horror/action movie starring Brendan Fraser called The Mummy. It banked on the sort of formula that has since made box office hits of movies like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, favoring big, loud spectacle over any kind of substantive content. It spawned a couple sequels and a slew of spin-off movies based off of The Rock’s character, the Scorpion King. Now, the time has come to reboot the franchise and, fortunately, Universal is moving away from the Fraser-based franchise and putting a different spin on the Mummy story. The movie, which is to be part of Universal’s fledgling Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, just started filming and new pictures have emerged from the set featuring starring actors Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. Check them out below!
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.
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.