Is Len Wiseman the Right Guy to Helm The Mummy Reboot for Universal?

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Is Len Wiseman the Right Guy to Helm The Mummy Reboot for Universal?Universal is moving forward with its reboot of The Mummy, and it looks like Len Wiseman (Total Recall, Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) is going to be the guy behind the camera. Share your thoughts in our comments section!

Per Deadline, Universal Pictures is wrapping up a deal for Wiseman to direct The Mummy, the reboot of a franchise whose most recent incarnation grossed $1.25 billion over three films. Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour, Prometheus) is writing the script, and the studio is eyeing a potential summer 2014 release.

The film is being produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products alongside former partners Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks, who produced the version launched by Steve Sommers, which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

Apparently the new script moves The Mummy into a modern day context with a dark tone.

“When Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well,” Wiseman said. “It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.”

Kurtzman elaborated, “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.”

“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,” Kurtzman added. “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.”

As for what type of creature we can expect, Wiseman concluded, “One of the things that interested me with this mummy is [that] 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.”

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  • Terminal

    It’s not like the Mummy movies are hallowed masterpieces. The first one is just mediocre, while the rest of the films are abysmal. In a world of Paul Anderson, Michael Bay, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, and Tim Story, Len Wiseman is the lesser of the evils.

  • Vanvance1

    Len Wiseman isn’t the right director for anything. Having said that I think the last bunch of Mummy movies were as appealing as a shit sandwich. Sommers and Wiseman were probably seperated at birth.

    1 half a knife for the Mummy.
    Minus 5 knives for the awesomely stupid sequel.

  • Shambling_in_Bandages

    My screen-name and avatar say “NO HE FUCKING ISN’T! WTF?!?!?!?” First, they fucked me with Rob Zombie and Halloween, now they’re fucking me with Len Wiseman and The Mummy?! What did I do to deserve this?

    I want a motherfucking HORROR film, for fuck’s sake. Fuck this rip-roaring CG adventure Mummy bullshit. I want a Mummy that SHAMBLES IN BANDAGES and throttles the fuck out of you because you stole his sexy bitch and he’s drunk on tana leaf-tea, god damn it!

    Look at that photo. Even that photo makes you want to punch him right in the fucking hair gel.

    The only good news about this entire thing is that Kate Beckinsale’s arse will star prominently in this.

  • James Coker

    sigh….can we ever get a PURE HORROR reboot of the mummy instead of another goddamn Action oriented one…fuck me running

  • JB Demented

    Ugh….Guess I shouldnt be too suprised there remaking The Mummy. But seriously I think by todays standards the FX in The Mummy of the 90s still look pretty good and is a great movie.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    I’m quite interested into seeing what they do. Sommer’s Mummy was okay, the sequel was drek; had some hopes for part 3, but that turned out be eh.

    Dunno why folks would get up in arms over another Mummy film, I’ve lost count on how many remakes/reboots/do-overs Hammer did and other studios throughout the years.

  • LSD Zombie

    I’m looking forward to this remake. People need to get over the 30’s and the 90’s Mummy, we’re living in the present now! Wiseman RULEZ!

  • Rottenjesus

    Crappy franchise reboot gets an even crappier director = BOX OFFICE SMASH!

    Seriously, this shit needs to stop.