Len Wiseman Reveals New Details For THE MUMMY Reboot

Total Recall director Len Wiseman's next project will be a new take on Universal's Mummy franchise, and here he talks about his "modern day" approach to the mythology as well as confirming that it'll be entirely different from the Brendan Fraser movies.

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By Paul Romano - 12/14/2012


Back in September, it was announced that director Len Wiseman (Live Free Or Die Hard, Underworld) has signed on to helm a reboot of Universal's The Mummy series. This new take on the franchise, which began in the mid 1930's, was said to be a scarier, darker version of the mythology. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) was hired to pen the script, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) producing. Now, speaking with Movie Web while promoting the Blu-Ray release of his Total Recall reboot (which hits shelves December 18th), Wiseman offers an update on The Mummy, and reiterates that this has absolutely nothing to do with the last three films which starred Brendan Fraser.

"There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me, is that The Mummy is a completely different film," he says when asked whether or not his views on remakes has changed since Total Recall. "It is a modern day take. It doesn't have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. The Mummy is one of Universal's long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies... This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me...There is still a script to be written, and all of that....But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I'd never heard of before. It's nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking."

As for the film's tone, Wiseman says that it won't be as action-oriented as the Fraser films. "It's horror. It's epic. It's more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating." Interestingly, Movie Web's headline calls the remake "An epic horror movie set in present day America", although Wiseman doesn't specifically say that the film will take place in the USA.

Universal are planning on releasing The Mummmy sometime in 2014.









Source: Movie Web
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davideodus - 12/14/2012, 6:20 AM
no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheRaven20 - 12/14/2012, 6:22 AM
This sounds interesting and actually like what a reboot should be, a reimagining of a franchise. I'd be down for it.
Maximillion - 12/14/2012, 6:23 AM
Hopefully this one will be better, the last one was really bad, the mummy power was worthless screams!!
MrReese - 12/14/2012, 6:24 AM
Didn't he [frick] up Total Recall so y give him yet another reboot? [frick]in Hollywood haha



XD
BackwardGalaxy - 12/14/2012, 6:27 AM
I had no interest in Total Recall, so I never watched it. I enjoyed the first Fraser Mummy movie. The second one was meh. The third one was an abomination. I like Len, but I'm no horror fan. I prefer the action and adventure route.
nordberg - 12/14/2012, 6:33 AM
And Kate Beckinsale gets cast as the female lead in 3...2...
jessepostal - 12/14/2012, 6:34 AM
Total Recall wasn't as bad as people made it out to be. It def had some great scenes, and Colin Ferral isn't annoying in it, which is rare
wearethewalkingdead9 - 12/14/2012, 6:36 AM
total recall was beyond boring! i fell asleep within the first hour so im sure this isnt going to be all that exciting
Alaba - 12/14/2012, 6:36 AM
Bet they'll go scifi with it like The Fifth Element
baszs - 12/14/2012, 6:41 AM
BOOOO
jimoakley666 - 12/14/2012, 6:42 AM
How does this guy keep getting employed? He just doesn't seem to care or understand that his movies are bad. Go back to uni, mate. Learn your craft.
6of13 - 12/14/2012, 6:45 AM
I liked the first one. The Scorpion King at the end of the 2nd was terrible CGI. The third one was just horrible. Michelle Yoew (spelling?) and Jet Li were both wasted in that movie.
SimyJo - 12/14/2012, 6:48 AM
Urrgh! - we the hell are they giving these projects to this hack so he can bastardize them into his sub-par modern interpretations.
CaptainObvious - 12/14/2012, 6:48 AM
Yes, let's give the guy another film to remake after he bastardized a sci-fi classic. Nice logic, Hollywood.
StarkAnthony - 12/14/2012, 6:50 AM
I really liked the Egypt setting in the other ones, but I can see modern day America working if they go more of a horror route. They have to include some Egyptian mythology though
retr0g0dfather - 12/14/2012, 6:53 AM
I went to the theaters when the first MUMMY opened thinking it was a Horror film and I was pi$$ed when it was Action. I'm hoping this one is indeed a Horror film. I'm a little skeptic on the "Modern Day" terminology but, I didn't like the "Old School" look that was done with The WOLFMAN either so, what ever works, just make it good cause "EPIC" is a little hard to compare to when taking about a MUMMY reboot.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 12/14/2012, 6:55 AM
Total Recall reboot was such a pile of shit , what a terrible movie! the cgi was atrocious
mgeoff88 - 12/14/2012, 7:00 AM
I can't believe they're rebooting this already. If that wasn't bad enough, now it's going to be a straight-up horror movie?

A mummy movie should have a horror element, yes, but it should also have an action/adventure element as well.

I'm not feeling this reboot right out of the gate.
Christuffer - 12/14/2012, 7:02 AM
C'MON! Brendan Fraser is one of my favorite actors. Don't soil his legacy with a director with no good track record. I mean...okay, I'll concede: Wiseman's filmography isn't exactly a good forecast of this movie, but he obviously has a thing for reboots.

Don't do this man. You're first reboot didn't work out so well. And you're going to make Jet Li look stupid.
zachshivey - 12/14/2012, 7:05 AM
he needs to redeem himself with a topless shot of kate beckinsale in his next movie
ATrueHero1987 - 12/14/2012, 7:08 AM
smdh, the same guy that handled the Total Recall remake? Watch this will be another Wolfman remake.
ATrueHero1987 - 12/14/2012, 7:09 AM
and by another Wolfman remake, I mean a disaster.
jimpinto24 - 12/14/2012, 7:21 AM
Another reboot? Anyway, Please get another director like Brad Bird or Gary Ross to helm The Mummy reboot instead of Len Wisemen. Look at Total Recall?
Starlight - 12/14/2012, 7:48 AM
"It was a Mummy like I'd never heard of before"... Oh, really? Like what?... like creating a NEW color?.... COME ON !!!!
ABLEE337 - 12/14/2012, 8:43 AM
I don't think they could do much worse than the Brendan Fraser movies and I liked his remake of Total Recall, but not his director's cut. The Ethan Hawk thing was stupid and confusing.
beane2099 - 12/14/2012, 8:58 AM
But the real question is will they be "grounding it in reality?" Cause y'know it's apparently not a movie these days if it aint grounded in reality. That said, I liked the first movie and that's about it. The second one cheesed me off (lookin' at you CG The Rock).
CaptainPresley - 12/14/2012, 9:05 AM
Hopefully it's more along the lines of modern takes on the Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler, Lon Chaney, Jr. Mummy movies.
NostalgicYouth - 12/14/2012, 9:13 AM
I don't think Len Wisemen is that bad of a director I just think he needs a project that he fully feels comfortable with. I mean he is way better then P.W. Anderson who clearly does not know, or even try to understand the property he's working on; and is always releasing the worst movies with his horrid actress of a wife Mila.
Sortis - 12/14/2012, 9:56 AM
Eh the Brendan Fraiser movies were awesome, we have enough movies of helpless morons running around screaming there is something chasing them. It was refreshing to see Fraiser scream back at the mummy and blow his head off with a shotgun. Epic!
blackster - 12/14/2012, 11:40 AM
len wiseman....

this'll fail
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/14/2012, 11:48 AM
Doubt there comes anything good from the idea they have.

I would love to see great horror version about the Mummy but i think it would be better if it takes place in the end of 1800 century or beginning of 1900 century. Fits better in my opinion and gives it look.

New Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man movies are must.
DioFoRio - 12/14/2012, 12:15 PM
it's an alien....this is some mo silly shit...welcome back Nordberg.
dancingmonkey08 - 12/14/2012, 12:37 PM
Love Mummy and Mummy Returns, Mummy 3 was alright, but I would never ever watch it again. Give me the gorgeous Rachel Weisz over the other chick anyday

But by the sounds of this one, it could be more horror based, setting it apart from the Brendan Fraser movies. The Mummy movies were more humorous adventure movies, this one could be a full on scare the shit out of you Mummy movie, which is fine. I just wished they would have waited until the end of the decade to reboot it, at least it would be over 20 years since the original then
Rambaldi47 - 12/14/2012, 1:12 PM
I'm optimistic since Spaights is apparently writing it. His original screenplay for Prometheus was amazing!! I'm still angry that Fox brought in Lindelof to gut it. It would have been a perfect movie. Anyway, I like the idea of going back to the Mummy's horror roots. Absolutely loved the first 2 Fraser ones, minus the horrble Scorpion King CGI. The 3rd could have been good, but wasn't.
weaponx123 - 12/14/2012, 2:45 PM
I wish he would just direct The Darkness film adaptation that he is producing for Top Cow!
FireKnightRises - 12/14/2012, 3:33 PM
What's with people hate ? it's not like brendan frasser's mummies are that good to begin with, with underworld director and horror approaches (and of course kate beckinsale since the guy likes to includes his wife in his movies), this series maybe will going to right direction
bababoozer - 12/14/2012, 4:20 PM
Let me guess who the female lead will be???????
V - 12/14/2012, 6:08 PM
WTF? Shittt
AUSSYACE - 12/14/2012, 8:27 PM
HOLLYREBOOTWOOD...

IF YOU ARE GOING TO REBOOT AN OLD HORROR HOW ABOUT THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON...

ComicBookFanatic - 12/15/2012, 9:48 AM
The first Brendan Fraser Mummy movie was good. The second one was OK; liked it mainly because of The Rock. The third one wasn't bad; but the franchise was clearly running out of steam. Even Fraser looked bored and tired. But a reboot so soon hardly makes sense.
Can't really understand with this craze for reboots/remakes. Seems just an easy way to make money. There are movies that truly deserve the reboot/remake treatment. But the studios are interested only in well-known properties that will be easy to sell.

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