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Underworld director Len Wiseman closing a deal to reboot The Mummy for Universal

09.24.2012by: Jake Dee

From TOTAL RECALL to THE MUMMY? Careful Len, Kate may soon pull the "unoriginal" card!

According to Deadline though, it's true. Len Wiseman (above) is now in serious talks to helm a reboot of THE MUMMY for Universal, with a summer 2014 release already being eyed. And as we told you in back April, Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS) wrote the script. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing for K/O Paper Products, doing so with former partners Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks.

Here's what Wiseman told Mike Flemming about the project:

“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.”

Continuing on the character:

“One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man,” Wiseman said. “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.”

So there you go. Can't really front on the intentions here, but the execution? TOTAL RECALL didn't exactly make the kind of splash the original did. Question is, is Wiseman a talented enough filmmaker to do anything - remake or not - truly memorable? Is THE MUMMY a proper platform to showcase his talents? Where do you stand?

Sexy Becksy!

Extra Tidbit: Best MUMMY iteration yet? The original?
Source: Deadline

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