TOTAL RECALL's Len Wiseman Set To Helm "Darker, Scarier" Remake Of THE MUMMY
Len Wiseman (Die Hard 4.0) has signed up to helm a very different sounding version of The Mummy for Universal, and you can read comments from him ("One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man.") after the jump.
Deadline reports that Universal have signed up Len Wiseman (Underworld) to helm The Mummy, a reboot of the popular franchise which starred Brendan Fraser and grossed a total of $1.25 billion. The screenplay is being written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and Wiseman had this to say about the different direction that this reboot will take. "When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version."
The filmmaker also had this to say about the mummy in the film, making it clear that they will be taking a VERY different direction to the previous franchise. "One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person." Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of his work, it's fair to say that Wiseman has a good handle on action and he certainly had no trouble in creating a visually stunning world in Total Recall earlier this year and this actually sounds rather good!
While the "darker" remake will still be taking aim at a PG-13 audience, producer Alex Kurtzman still believes that they can still make it a success with a darker tone which delves into areas that the previous family friendly instalments simply did not. "We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern day science." What do you guys think? Sound off below with your thoughts.
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