A few months ago, Universal announced its intentions to once again reboot "The Mummy" and assigned producers/writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci to the project. According to Deadline, the producing duo might have found its director in Len Wiseman, who is now in the running to helm the project.
When the project was announced, Universal, Kurtzman, and Orci all promised a darker, grittier take, which is in line with many reboots these days. In the wake of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, studios have been keen to apply that approach whenever possible.
Apparently, that's what hooked Wiseman and attracted him to "The Mummy" reboot. When speaking about the project, he claimed that he was immediately intrigued. Upon hearing the film's announcement, he envisioned a "period tale" and "the old monster," and he hints that Kurtzman and Orci's take is a "very different mummy" since it's "a darker twist on the material, a scarier version."
Of course, that just sounds like it's going back to the original Karloff movie from 1932, and Kurtzman has indicated that they'll attempt to get back to the "deep roots" of the franchise. He claims that the original film is a "horror movie and then an action movie," which actually sounds more like Stephen Sommers's 1999 reboot.
Kurtzman goes on to indicate that he hopes to still appeal to a large base like the most recent films did. Just as those films were "four-quadrant films," he believes this reboot still has the potential to be a "family movie" and "an action movie that's more grounded than those used to be."
The producer also noted that he and Orci have "drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton's books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science." In that same vein, he complimented Wiseman's ability to present a " fresh, incredibly cool concept" while keeping a "reverence for mythology" in the "Underworld " films.
As such, it seems like Orci and Kurtzman might be going the action route once again, and, if so, the tapping of Wiseman makes sense. All of his features have been action films, and the "Underworld" series is an action/horror hybrid, so that style would fit into what Universal seems to be cooking up.
While it's obviously too early to speculate (especially since Wiseman isn't even officially aboard), this move feels like it could lend itself to a bit of re-treading if "The Mummy" is turned into another action movie. Those fans hoping for something a little bit more grounded in straight horror might be left out in the cold once again.
Whatever form the film takes, expect to hear more in a hurry since Universal is reportedly fast-tracking it for a 2014 release.
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