A look at some interesting international incarnations of The Mummy
Much has been written over the weekend about a recent roundtable discussion that was published within the Hollywood Reporter recently. During the talk, Universal’s Donna Langley explained the studio’s vision for the upcoming reboot of the classic movie monsters. Needless to say, monster kids and horror fans were not happy.
“We don’t have any capes [in our film library],” Langley said.
To file under “news we’ve told you about before, but with a slight change”…
Way back in October of last year, before their amicable split, screenwriter Roberto Orci hinted that he and partner Alex Kurtzman were trying to envision of a way to bring all of the classic Universal monsters together to form a cohesive cinematic universe, not unlike what Marvel and DC have done.
Today, almost nine months later to the date, Deadline reports that Kurtzman and “The Fast and the Furious” producer Chris Morgan will be spearheading this effort going forward.
Last year, Universal Pictures’ The Mummy lost formerly attached director Len Wiseman (Underworld) due to scheduling conflicts. He was soon replaced by Mama helmer Andres Muschietti, but The Wrap is now reporting that Muschietti has also departed the franchise reboot, this time due to creative differences.
The outlet reports that Muschietti wanted a darker take on the property than the family-friendly film that Universal now has in mind. Scripted by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts, ?The Mummy is a reboot of the Universal franchise, which dates back more than eight decades.
Universal reps have informed us of a few release dates that you should know about for The Seventh Son, The Boys Next Door and, notably, The Mummy reboot.
Regarding the latter: The Mummy is set for release on April 22, 2016. Here’s an early blurb from the studio: “A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures
Back in July, director Len Wiseman dropped out of Universal Studios’ upcoming reboot of The Mummy and since then, the search has been on for a replacement. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Mama director Andres Muschietti is in talks to helm the film.
Muschietti’s Mama was a surprise hit for the studio, grossing over $146 million at the worldwide box office.
Universal’s The Mummy – a new take on the classic movie monster – has lost a director in Len Wiseman, reports The Wrap.
Wiseman recently directed the Total Recall remake as well as the pilot for the upcoming Fox series Sleepy Hollow.
Scheduling conflicts are preventing him from taking on the Mummy reboot which Universal wants in theaters in the summer of 2014.
It was reported some time ago that Total Recall director Len Wiseman would be directing a reboot of The Mummy franchise at Universal and last we’d heard, a script was being written by Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts.
Vulture is now reporting that Universal is so eager to get a script ready to shoot this year, that they’ve hired The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray to pen a completely different script for the project. An insider told them that both scripts will probably end up fused together…
“Horror” and “epic” are two words being bandied about by director Len Wiseman when it comes to The Mummy reboot he was attached to in September.
Movieweb caught up with the helmer of the Total Recall remake and got him chatting about Universal’s new take on the classic movie monster. Beyond those two aforementioned words, Wiseman describes the new film as “more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating.”
He sounds uncertain if it’s the film he’ll do next – because he dropped the line “if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me” – but he went on to explain what’s getting him excited about the project.
Len Wiseman, fresh off of the Total Recall remake, is attached to direct The Mummy for Universal, says Deadline. The latest film, another reboot of the classic Universal monster, is expected to hit theaters during summer 2014. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) are producing the project with Jon Spaihts scripting.