Alex Kurtzman to Direct THE MUMMY at Universal

     July 30, 2014


It was just a couple of weeks ago that we learned that Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious franchise) would be spearheading a crossover universe for the Universal Monsters starting with The Mummy, but it appears that those plans also include giving Kurtzman the keys to the first film out of the gate.  The Mummy is intended to set the tone for the other Universal Monsters films going forward, and while the project previously had Len Wiseman (Underworld) attached to direct and then later Andy Muschietti (Mama), both of those filmmakers subsequently left the project.

With Universal keen on getting going sooner rather than later in anticipation of a May 22, 2016 release date, the studio has now tapped Kurtzman to direct The Mummy instead.  More after the jump.

the-mummy-rebootPer THR, Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to take the helm of The Mummy.  Kurtzman is best known as one half of his writing partnership with Roberto Orci that resulted in screenwriting jobs on the first two Transformers films, the first two Star Trek films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and more.  The two recently decided to sever their professional relationship, and it appears that Kurtzman’s first project in the post-Orci world will be this new iteration of The Mummy.

Though one might think Universal could create a wonderful, interconnected horror franchise with its Universal Monsters, the studio will instead be keeping things four quandrant-friendly with this interconnected series of films.  The Mummy takes place in the present day and is described as an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements rather than a straight horror film, and it will feature all-new characters, opting not to riff on previous Mummy films.

Kurtzman previously worked on the script for The Mummy with Orci, as did Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts.  Again, The Mummy is intended to set the stage for the Universal Monsters franchise, so all eyes will be on what Kurtzman comes up with.  The scribe has only directed one other feature film, the 2012 dramedy People Like Us, so this is quite a step up—though somewhat fitting, given that Orci will be making his directorial debut with Star Trek 3.

universal-monsters-the-mummyKurtzman is also attached to direct Venom for Sony and has been one of the producers spearheading the studio’s Spider-Man franchise, but after the lackluster performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the studio’s ambitious plans have been put in doubt (indeed, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has already been pushed to 2018).  Now that Kurtzman will be tied up with The Mummy through 2016, don’t expect to see Venom anytime soon.

I’m personally a fan of Guillermo del Toro’s vision for an interconnected Universal Monsters universe, which involves making them all period pieces and drawing from the Victorian era.  Though that plan isn’t exactly being implemented by Kurtzman and Morgan, I do hope they enlist del Toro to bring Frankenstein to the screen.

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  • appolox

    Aaaaaaaand cue the Kurtzman hate….

    • Kurtzman and Orci blow

      How is it not justified? Please tell me one script that he was a part of that was any good? Yup, nothing, just what I thought

      • Stefan Bonomo

        The first Star Trek. And most of his TV work.

  • bork1138

    What a CV! ASM films and transformers, they forgot Cowboys v Aliens too! Now he’s mastered writing, next directing, after that Kurtzman for President 2016

  • theseeker7

    it kinda reminds me of the Ed & Larry characters from The West Wing, because be honest… if not prompted by a photo to begin with, do you really remember which one is Kurtzman and which one is Orci… ?

    • Vulcan

      ha! I loved Ed & Larry, but Sorkin kept changing who was who as a joke.

  • Drake

    I want to hope that Kurtzman is the poison in the Orci/Kurtzman relationship. If only because I couldn’t care less about the Mummy reboot, but I do care about Star Trek 3.

    • bidi

      i feel the same, although everything i’ve read and seen leads me to believe Orci is the cancer of the pair… which sucks for Trek 3

    • mattinacan

      they both seem to suck equally

  • Ruprect

    I knew it! Said it when news of their “breakup” came down … Split them up and they can do twice as much damage.

  • Mezmero

    As good as the old movies were they needed to bring them up to date. I know that people like going back in time but it’s better when you bring the old in with the new rather than throw it out completely. I always hear people complain about settings but these are iconic monsters you can set it years from now and it will be an interesting movie.

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  • mattinacan

    that plot synopsis sounds fucking horrible. wow Kurtzman sucks, there’s a mummy movie i won’t be seeing.

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