If there is one franchise in the history of Hollywood that I wouldn’t particularly like to see get the remake treatment, The Mummy would at least be in the top ten. But as Hollywood likes to do, they’re going ahead with returning to one of their money-making franchises and have set a writer to hit the reboot button on the 1999 blockbuster that brought in over $400 million worldwide.
Variety reports they Universal Pictures have brought on Jon Spaihts, behind last year’s sci-fi bomb The Darkest Hour and this year’s most promising sci-fi feature Prometheus, to script the film. Producer Sean Daniel, of the original trilogy and a few of The Scorpion King spin-offs, has signed on to produce. Check out Spaihts’ comment below.
“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.”
Considering the franchise brought in over $1 billion for the studio, the news isn’t exactly surprising, just more on the disappointing side that they have to mine this property instead of crafting original works. We’ll see if Spaihts can engineer something great with Prometheus this summer, which could give this project a better outlook. At least for now Brendan Fraser is not touching this with a ten-foot pole. Nor do they want him to.
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