With Len Wiseman handling a new version of The Mummy for Universal, there are lots of questions floating around as to exactly what type of flick it will turn out to be. Will it have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser series? Will it be more of a family adventure? Some answers have come…
…and we like them!
Movieweb caught up with Wiseman, who had this to say about the upcoming flick…
“There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me, is that The Mummy is a completely different film. It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind.
“The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies,” Wiseman continues. “This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me… There is still a script to be written, and all of that… But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. It’s nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt and the sand-swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking…”
As for what type of direction he wants to go in genre-wise….
“It’s horror. It’s 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.”
Original Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts will pen this new version of The Mummy franchise, which Sean Daniel will return to produce. “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,” Spaihts said in an earlier interview.
Sounds like everyone’s on the right track.
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