It’s not a great day for Hollywood remakes. First, the Point Break reboot lost star Gerard Butler due to creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Now, Universal’s reboot of The Mummy has parted ways with director Andres Muschietti over creative conflicts as well. Muschietti joined the monster movie less than a year ago, after his work on the more modestly budgeted film Mama generated buzz to go along with its box office take. It seems that the studio’s original plan was to go for a darker take on the horror icon – something Muschietti was on board for – but has recently decided to go in a more family-friendly direction. Hit the jump for more.
According to The Wrap, Muschietti has departed Universal’s reboot of The Mummy in an amicable split over creative differences. Director Len Wiseman, who exited the picture citing scheduling conflicts just before Muschietti joined, previously spoke about the tone of the new film, saying:
“It’s horror. Its epic. It’s more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating.”
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts turned in the current version of the script, which was apparently darker and scarier than Universal wanted. Muschietti was on board with that take, but has departed due to the decision to develop more of a “four-quadrant, more family-friendly action-adventure blockbuster.” Perhaps the darker tone didn’t mesh with Universal’s plan to unite their horror icons under one mega monster movie banner. The good news for Muschietti is that he may be able to stay in house at Universal and return to the adaptation of the post-apocalyptic novel, Bird Box. The studio, however, will once again have to find another helmer to take over their monster property.
The Mummy is currently slated for an April 22, 2016 release date.