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Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy; will be set in the present day

07.30.2014

Two weeks ago we shared the news that Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK) and screenwriter Chris Morgan (FAST & FURIOUS franchise) had some meetings to “put together an interconnected slate of Monster films," including Dracula, the Wolfman and now the first one up being THE MUMMY. It now appears that Kurtzman will direct their first monster movie himself, the film previously had Len Wiseman (UNDERWORLD) and Andres Muschietti (MAMA) attached. This will be Kurtzman’s first project since parting ways with writing partner Roberto Orci.

THE MUMMY will take place in the present day and is described as an "an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements”. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations; so nothing to worry about if you treasure the previous Mummy films. The Mummy will set the stage for the Universal Monsters franchise, This will be Kurtzman’s second directorial effort after the forgettable PEOPLE LIKE US; Kurtzman was also attached to direct VENOM for Sony but with the lukewarm reception THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 received, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 being pushed to 2018, and now THE MUMMY to deal with, VENOM is undoubtedly going back on the shelf.

THE MUMMY is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2016.

Are you looking forward to revisiting all the classic Universal monsters?

Source: THR

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11:33AM on 07/31/2014
This is gonna suck... a lot.
This is gonna suck... a lot.
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11:30AM on 07/31/2014
"And we must all go down together"
"And we must all go down together"
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9:14AM on 07/31/2014

Present day Mummy?

"Oh boy, lets google how to kill a mummy on my iphone."

"4Realz son, gotta check my pokedex for Mummy weakness."

"Hi, I'm the slutty chick who's sole purpose is to get dumb guys to fill theater seats."

I think this movie will have everything.
"Oh boy, lets google how to kill a mummy on my iphone."

"4Realz son, gotta check my pokedex for Mummy weakness."

"Hi, I'm the slutty chick who's sole purpose is to get dumb guys to fill theater seats."

I think this movie will have everything.
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10:07AM on 07/31/2014
I hope the slutty chick gives us a quick close-up of her sexy backside in the trailer? It won't be a proper trailer without it.
I hope the slutty chick gives us a quick close-up of her sexy backside in the trailer? It won't be a proper trailer without it.
6:58AM on 07/31/2014
"THE MUMMY will take place in the present day and--"

So that means all of the Universal Monsters in the present day, seeing as they're meant to be crossing over with one another? That's certainly a tick in the super fucking mega fail column. Our downhill journey continues to gather pace.
"THE MUMMY will take place in the present day and--"

So that means all of the Universal Monsters in the present day, seeing as they're meant to be crossing over with one another? That's certainly a tick in the super fucking mega fail column. Our downhill journey continues to gather pace.
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3:34AM on 07/31/2014

Sounds like fun

I always thought that the point of the original remake was supposed to be with one character to go on series of adventures throughout the universal monster universe. I can't wait to see what they come up.
I always thought that the point of the original remake was supposed to be with one character to go on series of adventures throughout the universal monster universe. I can't wait to see what they come up.
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1:33AM on 07/31/2014
Okay, so the "Universal Monsters universe" may sound like an attempt to emulate the success of the MCU, but I think it makes sense. These creatures have been around in cinemas for ages and have seen countless re-interpretations, a cinematic universe in which they can all co-exist isn't the craziest thing and I hope it will turn out well. Also, one Monster Squad reference is all I ask. One.
Okay, so the "Universal Monsters universe" may sound like an attempt to emulate the success of the MCU, but I think it makes sense. These creatures have been around in cinemas for ages and have seen countless re-interpretations, a cinematic universe in which they can all co-exist isn't the craziest thing and I hope it will turn out well. Also, one Monster Squad reference is all I ask. One.
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9:28PM on 07/30/2014
I'm a huge fan of the 1999 Mummy so I have high expectations if they are making it an "action adventure". I'd much rather them make an like old school horror movie. I'm actually quite like The Wolfman remake with Del Torro. Something more along those lines would be nice.
I'm a huge fan of the 1999 Mummy so I have high expectations if they are making it an "action adventure". I'd much rather them make an like old school horror movie. I'm actually quite like The Wolfman remake with Del Torro. Something more along those lines would be nice.
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9:06PM on 07/30/2014

Bringing the Monsters to present day...

I think its a great idea, especially with the larger plans for the creatures, to move things into present day. Leave all the past failures and successes behind and start from scratch. I really hope this monster themed universe works well and is taken seriously, it could be good…
I think its a great idea, especially with the larger plans for the creatures, to move things into present day. Leave all the past failures and successes behind and start from scratch. I really hope this monster themed universe works well and is taken seriously, it could be good…
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8:47PM on 07/30/2014
It could still be present day but still be noirish. I beg for the day when horror movies mean scare rather than gore. I don't want to see running mummies or throats being torn out. A malevolent presence is good enough for me. The likes not seen since Jaws or Poltergeist and, definitely, with the right soundtrack.
It could still be present day but still be noirish. I beg for the day when horror movies mean scare rather than gore. I don't want to see running mummies or throats being torn out. A malevolent presence is good enough for me. The likes not seen since Jaws or Poltergeist and, definitely, with the right soundtrack.
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9:11PM on 07/30/2014
With this generation, they can't conceive a scare without gore. So as much as I would like something classic and classy.. I'm preparing for something that'll utilize gore rather than emotion
With this generation, they can't conceive a scare without gore. So as much as I would like something classic and classy.. I'm preparing for something that'll utilize gore rather than emotion
8:30PM on 07/30/2014
I'm a little disappointed in the present day setting, but I'll still give it a shot.

I'm wondering though if this is at all connected with the Dracula Untold move coming out then?
I'm a little disappointed in the present day setting, but I'll still give it a shot.

I'm wondering though if this is at all connected with the Dracula Untold move coming out then?
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9:07PM on 07/30/2014
Unlikely
Unlikely
8:07PM on 07/30/2014
I'm okay with this. The 1999 mummy was really a reboot of indiana jones, and it played quite well i still will watch it every now and then, 1 and 2. If they go a different direction, no problems here a welcome addition.
I'm okay with this. The 1999 mummy was really a reboot of indiana jones, and it played quite well i still will watch it every now and then, 1 and 2. If they go a different direction, no problems here a welcome addition.
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7:52PM on 07/30/2014
I don't know about this. The Mummy from 1999 directed by Sommers remains a personal favorite action/adventure film of mine, and to me is probably the closest anyone got to capturing the Indiana Jones spirit. I'm having a hard time picturing a new movie set in present day, but I'll keep an open mind. I enjoyed People Like Us, for what it was.
I don't know about this. The Mummy from 1999 directed by Sommers remains a personal favorite action/adventure film of mine, and to me is probably the closest anyone got to capturing the Indiana Jones spirit. I'm having a hard time picturing a new movie set in present day, but I'll keep an open mind. I enjoyed People Like Us, for what it was.
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7:47PM on 07/30/2014
I think if done right with enough talent and careful preparation, it could be something really fun and interesting for us horror fans.

Now, is the new Van Helsing film starring Tom Cruise going to be involved in this as well? Cause that would be cool as hell.
I think if done right with enough talent and careful preparation, it could be something really fun and interesting for us horror fans.

Now, is the new Van Helsing film starring Tom Cruise going to be involved in this as well? Cause that would be cool as hell.
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7:15PM on 07/30/2014
In 2016 Orci vs Kurtzman in a battle for cinema supremacy.A showdown which no one cares about.
In 2016 Orci vs Kurtzman in a battle for cinema supremacy.A showdown which no one cares about.
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7:52PM on 07/30/2014
Bahahaha!!
Bahahaha!!
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