Production of Universal’s next movie in The Mummy franchise has hit a snag as Underworld director Len Wiseman has headed off to less sandy pastures due to a scheduling conflict.
The Wrap reports that Wiseman has exited Universal’s reboot of The Mummy, but the project is still moving full-speed ahead. Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci will begin searching for a new director immediately.
Original Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts wrote the script, which aims to reinvent the Mummy series, which grossed $1.25 billion over the course of three films. Wiseman previously indicated that Kurtzman and Orci were envisioning a darker, scarier take on the Mummy mythology that would still appeal to all audiences. Though the Mummy character is a monster, the reboot is expected to provide him with a human personality.
Kurtzman has previously said that the film draws inspiration from the books of Michael Crichton, who grounded fantastical tales in modern-day science.
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