Len Wiseman to direct a much darker version of ‘The Mummy’ for Universal

Universal kickstarted their classic monsters reboot with 2010’s The Wolfman, and while the film did not exactly have the impact they were expecting, it has not stopped them in wanting to continue bringing their classics back to the big screen. Next up is The Mummy, and while it was announced months ago that Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is writing the script, a director was yet to be found. However, that has all changed…

Step up Len Wiseman, director of the recent Total Recall remake, Die Hard 4.0 and Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, like it or not he is now in charge of the reboot. However, it is not all bad as producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) will be producing the new film. It appears that Universal want to get moving quickly on this project, with a planned summer 2014 release. Clearly with the last Mummy franchise still quite fresh in peoples minds, and after making $1.25 billion worldwide, Universal feel there is still huge interest in The Mummy, and there is if it is done right.

Which brings me to what Wiseman and Kurtzman told Deadline recently about the new film, and it certainly sounds like they have learnt from past mistakes and plan to take the Mummy back to its proper horror roots:

“When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but 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.”

A darker twist on the material eh, sounds good to me, but is Wiseman the right man for the job? While I did enjoy the recent Mummy franchise as an Indiana Jones style adventure, it didn’t really have much of a horror element to it now did it. I want to see a proper horror film based on the character again, but even though there is a hint here of darker intentions, Kurtzman also told Deadline that they are still planning for a more widespread appeal. So basically, much of the same as the last set of films from the sounds of it:

“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,” Kurtzman said. “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 tales in modern-day science.”

Need more convincing? Well, if this next statement is not a tad worrying, then I don’t know what is:

“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 said. “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.”

Mmm, doesn’t really fill me with confidence this…

(Source: Deadline)

About Matt Wavish 10001 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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