Another writer has been tasked with rewrapping Universal’s new take on The Mummy. The thing is they already hired one. Talk about hedging your bets. Let’s all sit quietly and pray for no scenes involving cartoonish Yetis who are fluent in football related hand signals.
Vulture has learned that Universal’s brass are so keen to make sure The Mummy doesn’t unravel before its hoped-for summer 2014 release that they’ve taken the unusual step of hiring two different screenwriters to work on dueling Mummy scripts. It was already known that Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote Prometheus for director Ridley Scott, is hammering away on an update of The Mummy set in the present day. But what wasn’t known is that The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray has also been hired to craft a competitive Mummy draft, also set in contemporary society.
The Mummy will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Sean Daniel and directed by the Underworld franchise’s Len Wiseman.
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