It appears that The Mummy will soon leave the comfort of his sarcophagus as it is being reported by Deadline that Universal is once again rebooting the bandaged baddie franchise, this time with director, Len Wiseman at the helm.
With a script by Prometheus writer, Jon Spaihts on tap, it appears that Mummy, Imhotep will prospectively be resurrected back in theaters for a summer 2014 release.
What kind of version can we expect from this famous, albeit, often-visited franchise this time around?
Known for the gloomy "vampires vs. lycans" Underworld films, action sequel, Live Free or Die Hard, and the recent reboot of Total Recall, Wiseman will be set to give his own high-impact take on the franchise which recently starred hero, Brendan Fraser, consisting of a trio of theatrical releases from 1999-2008 that grossed $1.25 billion.
It even spawned a spinoff franchise with The Scorpion King, the first of which starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, followed by two straight-to-DVD prequels, sans Johnson.
Apparently, Wiseman wants to take this film a step back from the effects-heavy eye candy of that last incarnation. He seems to be expressing a desire for a more grounded film with a psychologically-deeper villain.
According to Wiseman:
“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.”
He would go on to add:
“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.”
Outside of Underworld, Wiseman has sort of made his home in the sequels/reboot department. However, with The Mummy, he does have an opportunity to make something more unique out of something already quite well-known.
How that turns out will remain to be seen.