Universal Studios has quite the pantheon of classic horror creatures which include Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Mummy. Now, director Len Wiseman is in talks with Universal to bring “The Mummy” back to life in modern day America. Wiseman is a veteran at remakes, he helmed the “Total Recall” reboot which ran in theaters last summer and is due out on Blu-ray and DVD this coming Tuesday, December 18th.
Universal Studios and “The Mummy” go way back to 1932. That’s when horror actor Boris Karloff was wrapped for the lead. Wiseman wants to make it clear that this version will take place in the present day.
When Wiseman was asked if his viewpoint on remakes had changed since taking on “Total Recall,” he responded by saying:
“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. 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…”
With Fraser’s films being more action oriented, this new version will be much, much different.
“It’s horror. Its 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.”
Finally, a classic mummy film with the element of terror as its driving force! What do you think?
The “Untitled Mummy” reboot comes to theaters in 2014. Len Wiseman is slated to direct.
Source: movieweb, IMDb