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Arc-Vile
Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:24 am Reply with quote
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PROMETHEUS scribe Jon Spaihts has been hired to pen a reboot of THE MUMMY franchise for Universal Pictures says Variety. Stephen Sommers helmed the decently received first film in 1999 which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz and was itself a reboot of the classic Universal Monsters movies from the 30's and 40's.

Reviews were less impressive for the two subsequent sequels in 2002 & 2008 (Maria Bello replacing Weisz in the third film), but all three grossed over $400 million worldwide. Sean Daniel will return to produce this version which will take the franchise in a different direction. "I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with PROMETHEUS: to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before" says Spaihts.

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Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:59 pm Reply with quote
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Meh, I'm always down for a fresh take on the classic monsters...y'know, provided they don't glitter or anything. Laugh
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Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:07 pm Reply with quote
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I think they messed it up enough already!

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Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:27 pm Reply with quote
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Len Wiseman, fresh off of the TOTAL RECALL remake, is attached to direct THE MUMMY for Universal. 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.

Spaihts, who is credited with the original draft of Prometheus, spoke to Shock a few months ago who told us: "I'm really excited to write something scary," Spaihts told us when we spoke last week, presumably being forgetful that Prometheus is meant to be in the same space horror arena as Alien, and when we asked him if he was a bigger fan of the Universal Monsters movies of the '30s or the more recent action-adventure movies, he gave us a rather diplomatic response: "They both have their virtues and they've all been tremendously popular films and really influential in the popular culture. I would hope to pluck some of the elements of both of those series."

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Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:55 pm Reply with quote
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I have nothing against Wiseman but why bother?

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Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:27 am Reply with quote
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Len Wiseman confirms that Universal's upcoming reboot of 'The Mummy' will be set in contemporary times - '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.

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Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:17 am Reply with quote
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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. Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are now searching for a new director. PROMETHEUS scribe Jon Spaihts wrote the new script which is set in modern day.

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Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:08 pm Reply with quote
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The film has been locked in for an April 22nd 2016 release. At last report Andres Muschietti (MAMA) was in talks to direct the project which shifts the action to the contemporary era and sports new characters.

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Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:04 am Reply with quote
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saw THE MUMMY with Brendan Fraser and it was complete crap
typical Hollywood in making a family friendly Indiana Jones type 'horror'

i read George Romero and Clive Barker were in the running for this film
but the powers that be wanted $$$$$$$
not gore etc

be surprised if the new version if its an R.....
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Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:29 pm Reply with quote
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James Morton wrote:
saw THE MUMMY with Brendan Fraser and it was complete crap
typical Hollywood in making a family friendly Indiana Jones type 'horror'

i read George Romero and Clive Barker were in the running for this film
but the powers that be wanted $$$$$$$
not gore etc

be surprised if the new version if its an R.....


Indeed, Romero was once attached to this project.

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Posted: Sun May 11, 2014 6:33 am Reply with quote
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MAMA director leaves THE MUMMY reboot: Andy Muschietti has now moved on from the project and will no longer direct it. The problem with THE MUMMY, it seems, is that Universal want something they can sell with a PG-13 label on it. Muschietti wanted something that would push the MPAA a little more.

Len Wiseman was originally attached to direct in 2012 but departed due to scheduling conflicts. Muschietti has been onboard since September.

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Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:38 am Reply with quote
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STAR TREK remake co-scribe Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the reboot at Universal Pictures. The writing was on the wall for this one when it was announced the other week that Kurtzman and FAST AND FURIOUS series scribe Morgan would act as the gatekeepers of a Universal Movie Monster Cinematic Universe that would kick off with the new THE MUMMY.

The film will essentially set the tone and feel for the rest of the universe, so Kurtzman's involvement is understandable. The new 'Mummy' is said to be more action-adventure oriented and set in the present day. It will also feature new characters.

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Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:33 am Reply with quote
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THE MUMMY reboot: The film will launch two months later on June 26, 2016.

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Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:47 am Reply with quote
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Universal announced that the film to be directed by Alex Kurtzman and the lead-off in a new series of Universal Monsters overseen by Kurtzman and producers Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, has moved from June 24, 2016 to March 24, 2017. Jon Spaiths is reportedly scripting. Universal describes the film as being conceived with dramatic intensity.

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Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:42 am Reply with quote
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sofia Boutella is in talks to play the title role in Universal's upcoming remake of THE MUMMY. The film is set for release on March 24th, 2017.

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