With the the vampire and zombie crazes showing no signs of slowing down, apparently it’s time for another type of undead creature to hit the box office, much to the chagrin of Frankenstein enthusiasts. Yes, there is a new “Mummy” film in the works.
The screenplay will be provided by Jon Spaihts, screenwriter of the divisive science fiction film ”Prometheus.” The director attached to the project is Len Wiseman, who did the first two “Underworld” films as well as the more recent little-loved remake of “Total Recall”. The producers will be the prolific screenwriting/producing duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzamn, who have been involved in projects both good (the television series Fringe, the first “Star Trek” reboot movie) and terrible (the “Transformers” movies) over the years.
However, despite months of entertainment news reporting asserting that this new “Mummy” franchise will be a reboot of the Brendan Fraser “Mummy,” according to recent reports the new film series isn’t meant to be a reboot of that particular take on the Mummy but just an unrelated film series involving a Mummy. Giving an interview to MovieWeb Wiseman asserted that the Mummy film he’s involved with isn’t to be a period piece action adventure film in the vein of the Brendan Fraser movies, but an “epic” horror film set in the present day. As Wiseman asserts:
“It’s horror. Its 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.”
So, the Mummy sexting, the Mummy checking in to places on foursquare, that sort of thing I guess.