Earlier this year, we learned that Universal was rebooting The Mummy franchise with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to write the screenplay, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on board to produce. In September, director Len Wiseman (Total Recall) joined the project, and now he has provided some brief details on how his movie will differ from the recent Brendan Fraser flicks. The character originally found popularity on the screen in 1932 when it was played by the legendary Boris Karloff.
Hit the jump for more. The Mummy reboot is set for a possible 2014 release.
Star Trek screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman recently signed an exclusive two-year producing deal with Universal Pictures. The studio has now sent out a press release announcing that the duo will take on reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing with Tom Cruise attached to co-produce and star in the latter. Last month, we reported that Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts has been tapped to write the reboot of The Mummy. As for Van Helsing, Cruise has been involved with the property since 2010, but at the time, the product went into stasis after Guillermo Del Toro declined to direct. At the time, Cruise and Del Toro were set to team for At the Mountains of Madness, but Universal pulled the plug because they wouldn’t give Del Toro the budget and R-rating he wanted.
Hit the jump for the press release. Orci and Kurtzman were recently hired to write the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. It’s important to note that the successful producing/screenwriting duo are currently not attached to write the scripts for either The Mummy or Van Helsing although they’ll obviously have major input.
Because The Mummy franchise has shriveled up and died, Universal has decided to bring it back from the dead again. Variety reports that Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts has been tapped to pen the screenplay for a reboot. Says Spaihts, “I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with Prometheus: to go back to a franchise’s roots in dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.” I can only hope Spaihts is referring not to the Brendan Fraser movies, but the 1932 Boris Karloff picture. I’m not sure how Spaihts plans to incorporate an “epic scale” to The Mummy, but it sounds like he’s trying to find a new angle on the franchise rather than simply do another goofy adventure tale like the previous Mummy movies.
Spaihts is also writing an untitled space adventure for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the sci-fi script Passengers starring Keanu Reeves, and an adaptation of the graphic novel World War Robot (no connection to the upcoming zombie film, World War Z). He previously wrote the script for The Darkest Hour.