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Universal to Reboot The Mummy

Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to pen a reboot of The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ blockbuster action-adventure franchise, Variety reports.

Loosely based on the 1932 horror film of the same name, director Stephen Sommers’ 1999 film starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as an adventurer and an aspiring Egyptologist who, after accidentally resurrecting the mummified high priest Imhotep, must stop the ancient sorcerer before he regains his full powers.

The Mummy grossed more than $415 million worldwide, only to be outperformed by the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, which brought in $433 million (the two also inspired the short-lived The Mummy: The Animated Series). Although the 2002 Dwayne Johnson spinoff The Scorpion King stumbled at the box office, earning just $160 million, the franchise bounced back with 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which delivered $401 million globally.

“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,” Spaihts told Variety.

Sean Daniel, who produced the previous four films in the billion-dollar series, will return for the reboot.

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Comments

  • Jeremy W

    Um, why are they doing a reboot?  Why not just another sequel or spinoff?  This is completely unnecessary.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what I was gonna say. Stop rebooting and just make a damn sequel. 

  • Anonymous

    My question, too: WHY?

  • Rollo Tomassi

    If you’re going to reboot/update one of your monster franchises, why don’t you redo Creature from the Black Lagoon? With today’s modern digital effects, that reboot would be damn scary.

  • CJ3

    Meh I liked those movies, but not sure I would say I am thrilled by them.  I felt they were a bit too campy with great visuals.  If you are going to reboot them try to make them more serious movies that scare you and keep you on the edge of your seat.  I don’t want nightmares, but I don’t want to laugh every other line while crazy stuff is happening.

  • Lord Prong

    You do know that your logic would have resulted in Sommer’s remake/ reimagining of the Mummy not being made don’t you?  It’s not an original film – the 1932 film is the original.  All these monster genre films are “remade/ rebooted” all the time.  There’s no need to adhere to a number of sequels – plus the third one was utter shit.

    Ripe for a reboot/ reimagining