Universal rebooting ‘The Mummy’ with ‘Prometheus’ writer
Going for a more ‘horror’ approach this time around.
Though most remember ‘The Mummy’ series as the Indiana Jones-like entertaining action adventure franchise that made Brendan Fraser a star, it’s actually a horror movie property of Universal that was spun off in that direction by the studio. The first two movies were wildly successfully and actually pretty damn entertaining, but ‘The Tomb of The Dragon Emperor’ was awful on so many levels that it not only killed the franchise but resurrected it then slaughtered it again. Just Youtube the Yeti fighting scene for a dose of awfulness. Now, Universal is bringing the franchise back but in the form of a reboot.
Variety says that Jon Spaihts has been hired by the studio to pen a reboot of the franchise. The writer has written unproduced screenplays like Shadow 19 and Passengers (which got Keanu Reeves interested) before, but most will soon know him as the guy who stemmed the idea for ‘Prometheus’ which was originally a prequel to ‘Alien’. Sean Daniel, who produced the original series, will produce again.
Word is that the studio wants the property to go back to its horror roots, which is honestly a great idea since the first movie had elements of that and it was highly entertaining to watch. A more horror oriented approach is the best fit for a character like the Mummy and I hope they do a good job with it.
Otherwise, bury it back into its tomb.