Just over a month ago, director Len Wiseman pulled out of directing Universal’s The Mummy reboot, saying there were scheduling conflicts. Thus suggested that Universal were keen to get this reboot moving as quickly as possible, however Wiseman’s exit left Universal and producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Sean Daniels frantically looking for a replacement.
THR reports that that replacement my well have been found, as apparently talks are taking place with director Andres Muschietti to take the job. This is great news, and should Muschietti take the role, then The Mummy reboot will become a very highly anticipated horror among genre fans.
Muschietti became known to horror fans after directing Mama last year, which starred Jessica Chastain. The creepy horror was produced by Guillermo del Toro, and was a feature length version of Muscietti’s own short film of the same name.
There are also two scripts for the Mummy reboot, and it is not sure who’s will be used. Originally Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts was writing the script, yet Universal were getting impatient and brought in Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) to write a “backup script” should they not be happy with what Spaihts comes up with.
A previous report states that should Universal end up being happy with both scripts, then they will join them together using the best bits from each. Should Spaihts and Ray end up working together, the report also claims that the pair could end up taking on roles for the script. One would be the ”structure and body man” and one as a “character and dialogue man”.
The story is to be set in modern times, and Universal are planning a more serious version of their classic monster after the Brendan Fraser trilogy