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Underworld Director Len Wiseman May Revive Universal’s Mummy

Universal Pictures’ The Mummy shall rise again! First seen by film audiences in 1932, The Mummy starred horror icon Boris Karloff and kicked off a popular franchise. After a series of movies, including one in which he met Abbot and Costello, the Mummy went back into the sarcophagus for the better part of a decade — until Hammer Films launched its own, unrelated franchise in 1959. Universal finally returned to the creature in 1999 with a remake that starred Brendan Fraser and spawned two sequels, a spinoff film franchise and even a short-lived animated series.

And now the studio is at it again, announcing in May that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci would be rebooting The Mummy as well as Dracula-hunter Van Helsing through their K/O Paper Products. The duo tapped Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to handle the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Underworld director Len Wiseman, who also helmed the Total Recall remake, might be getting in on the action as well if all the details can be worked out. Wiseman previously worked with Kurtzman and Orci on the pilot for Hawaii Five-0.

Speaking of details, there aren’t that man. The key piece of information floating around is that the film will be set in the present, something that neither of the previous franchises attempted.


  • Kelly Davis

    Set in the present.  Exactly why Sid Shienberg turned down the John Sayles / Joe Dante Mummy.  Damn, there is no justice.

  • lindsey tam

     I haven’t seen the older Mummy movies, but I love the
    versions with Brendan Fraser. If they’re making a new one I’ll have to go on my
    Blockbuster @Home service through DISH and rent a few of the other adaptations.
    Blockbuster @Home has a ton of titles, including the 1932 and 1959 versions of
    The Mummy, so it should be really easy to find some great adaptations. My
    coworkers at DISH tell me that the older versions are some of the best, so I
    hope that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s new movie turns out just as good.