Universal Looking to Reboot The Mummy with Prometheus Writer on Board
Universal Studios' last reboot of the Mummy franchise was a mixed bag of tricks. Though all three entries we're pretty much brainless fun, the third one crossed the line into the land of the sickeningly silly. So why not start over, right?
Variety reports that Universal Pictures has tapped Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts to pen a feature reboot of The Mummy franchise, which Sean Daniel will return to produce.
Stephen Sommers' 1999 take on The Mummy, which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, grossed $415 million worldwide but was outperformed by its 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, which took in $433 million globally. Chuck Russell's 2002 spinoff The Scorpion King grossed only $165 million worldwide despite starring then-budding action star Dwayne Johnson. Fraser returned for Rob Cohen's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and that 2008 pic took in $401 million worldwide, indicating there was still plenty of interest left in the franchise. Daniel produced all four films in the billion-dollar-grossing series.
"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.
Dark? Scary? We're in!
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