I am reading a lot of reports complaining about Len Wiseman’s (Total Recall, Underworld) discussions about his possible The Mummy reboot. It would appear that should he direct the film for Universal, he wants to move as far away as possible from the Brendan Fraser series directed by Stephen Sommers, and wants to bring the classic Universal monster back to horror. I say hooray to that!
In an interview with Movieweb, Wiseman said “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,”
Now, while I must admit to struggling a little with the “modern day” nonsense, I am excited about Wiseman’s excitement at making the film a horror. Back in September he said about the story: “It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.”
Seriously, no complaints here, however with only Underworld 1 and 2 in his resume of horror titles, the terrific Die Hard 4.0 and the rather crappy remake of Total Recall, Wiseman still has to prove himself, and The Mummy, if done right, could well do it for the horror genre fans. Wiseman seems pretty keen to put the Brendan Fraser Mummy films to rest, move on and give horror fans what they want, kind of:
“‘The Mummy’ is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… 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.”
He continued: “It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind.”
I am glad the decision has been made to move away from the Mummy films of Sommers, and my only hope here is that if it is as dark and horrific as they are planning, then it gets done right and we do infact end up with a new classic horror. However, I need more convincing…
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