We have known for a while that there was going to be a reboot of the original Universal Pictures’ The Mummy franchise. But now it seems to have found a director…
Len Wiseman, who directed the recent – shudder – Total Recall reboot and the Underworld movies is the man to do it, apparently. And he’ll be working from a script by John Spaihts who worked on the Prometheus script.
This reboot will focus more closely on the original 1932 Boris Karloff mummy movies, rather than the Stephen Somers series that ran until 2008 with the awful The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, best known for scripting on the recent Star Trek and Transformers movies, will produce the movie along with a reboot of Van Helsing starring Tom Cruise. They will be aiming for a 2014 release.
Our thoughts? Well, Wiseman is a frustratingly bland director, that said, we like the idea that we may be set for a monster-spanning series of movies, similar to what Marvel are doing, only with classic Universal Monsters. That, if done well, could be spectacular.