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Director Len Wiseman's remake of The Mummy to be a modern-day "epic horror film"

12.14.2012

Recently, it was announced that director Len Wiseman would be taking on Universal's franchise for THE MUMMY, but other than that we knew very little.  Initially called a reboot, it now seems to be more of a re-imagining.  Speaking to MovieWeb, Wiseman had this to say about the new take on the long-running franchise and if there was any hesitation from the studio in hiring him after the failure of his reboot of TOTAL RECALL:

"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," said Wiseman. 

He went on, touching on the historical precedence of The Mummy, most famously played by Boris Karloff in 1932:

"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. Its 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..."

Wiseman added: "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."

So, a modern-day horror flick centered on a Mummy.  I can dig it, I suppose.  In all honesty, I'm not exactly dying to see a new Mummy movie, but I'm glad they're not making a carbon copy of the Brendan Fraser films, which were stupid, fun, and cheesy as hell.  This sounds like a more bold direction.  Hopefully, Wiseman will find room for his lovely wife, Kate Beckinsale, in the remake/reimagining, as she tends to be the best thing about his movies. 

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Extra Tidbit: Do we need another Mummy movie? Raise your hand if you're all for more Mummy movies...
Source: Movie Web

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5:06PM on 12/15/2012

Dear Len Wiseman...

It is certainly possible to make a movie that has a mummy in it and not have it be a "remake" (after all, not all vampire movies are remakes of Dracula). However, if any of the characters or plot in your movie are the same as characters or plots from previous Mummy movies, then yes it will be a remake, despite your claims to the contrary. Come up with something original and you'll make a better product, which is what we want. Make another Underworld 1, not another Total Recall.
It is certainly possible to make a movie that has a mummy in it and not have it be a "remake" (after all, not all vampire movies are remakes of Dracula). However, if any of the characters or plot in your movie are the same as characters or plots from previous Mummy movies, then yes it will be a remake, despite your claims to the contrary. Come up with something original and you'll make a better product, which is what we want. Make another Underworld 1, not another Total Recall.
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12:43PM on 12/15/2012

Modern day mummy? You blow it up with modern day tech.

The thing about what made older horror movies scary is the fact that they never had guns that could blow a hole the size of a watermelon through you with each shot available to the public. There was no GPS or cell phones, no internet to research shit. In the original if you came across a mummy you better damn well be an archeologist who knows how to use a standard pistol and know ancient lore. If you make a modern day mummy movie there are too many tools to look up how to defeat it like a boss
The thing about what made older horror movies scary is the fact that they never had guns that could blow a hole the size of a watermelon through you with each shot available to the public. There was no GPS or cell phones, no internet to research shit. In the original if you came across a mummy you better damn well be an archeologist who knows how to use a standard pistol and know ancient lore. If you make a modern day mummy movie there are too many tools to look up how to defeat it like a boss from a video game. It takes away suspense and nobody cares.
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12:38PM on 12/15/2012

Fuck this assclown

A modern day mummy movie? Sounds about as riveting as a CGI laden Total Recall remake. It will bomb. The moment this asshole signed on to remake this movie, its was guaranteed to be horrible and earn half of what it will cost to make.
A modern day mummy movie? Sounds about as riveting as a CGI laden Total Recall remake. It will bomb. The moment this asshole signed on to remake this movie, its was guaranteed to be horrible and earn half of what it will cost to make.
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9:02AM on 12/15/2012
I don't need another one. But the first Mummy in 1999 was the 4th Indiana Jones movie to me and for this reason, I loved it.
I don't need another one. But the first Mummy in 1999 was the 4th Indiana Jones movie to me and for this reason, I loved it.
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9:11PM on 12/14/2012
I recently saw the ORIGINAL original with Karloff from the 30s. What struck me about it was 1) it didn't try very hard to be scary and was more of a tragic love story than a horror movie 2) Karloff's character was *extremely* polite and charming for most of the film, and 3) aside from the amazing, subtle makeup effects on Karloff's skin (and the opening/climax), he looked, dressed, and acted human. No lumbering wrapped up creature with outstretched arms anywhere to be found. In a lot of
I recently saw the ORIGINAL original with Karloff from the 30s. What struck me about it was 1) it didn't try very hard to be scary and was more of a tragic love story than a horror movie 2) Karloff's character was *extremely* polite and charming for most of the film, and 3) aside from the amazing, subtle makeup effects on Karloff's skin (and the opening/climax), he looked, dressed, and acted human. No lumbering wrapped up creature with outstretched arms anywhere to be found. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of a more thoughtful, better-written version of the Brenden Fraisier "Mummy" series, but even *less* focused on scares than even that one. More of a suspense movie than anything. Or just a straight up Shakespearean tragedy.

Regardless, Len Wiseman is a terrible choice not matter what direction they take.
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3:33PM on 12/14/2012
I really enjoyed the first movie and I admit I enjoyed the second as well...LOOOOAAAATHE the third film that as far as i am concerned, never happened. This idea, while to see a REAL horror film about the Mummy could be fun, we need someone who can actually do that AND give it depth. Len Wiseman....meh not so much. His only good decision was getting Kate Beckinsale in all that tight leather ;)
I really enjoyed the first movie and I admit I enjoyed the second as well...LOOOOAAAATHE the third film that as far as i am concerned, never happened. This idea, while to see a REAL horror film about the Mummy could be fun, we need someone who can actually do that AND give it depth. Len Wiseman....meh not so much. His only good decision was getting Kate Beckinsale in all that tight leather ;)
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2:29PM on 12/14/2012
I think the Mummy is definitely ripe for a remake, but I wouldn't be interested in a "modern" take on it.

I would still love to see a faithful remake set in the 30's, in and out of Egypt, as a serious horror film rather than a campy adventure comedy.
I think the Mummy is definitely ripe for a remake, but I wouldn't be interested in a "modern" take on it.

I would still love to see a faithful remake set in the 30's, in and out of Egypt, as a serious horror film rather than a campy adventure comedy.
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2:29PM on 12/14/2012

Should read:

Director Len Wiseman's remake of The Mummy to be a modern-day "piece of shit."
Director Len Wiseman's remake of The Mummy to be a modern-day "piece of shit."
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12:54PM on 12/14/2012
I wouldn't mind an epic horror take on the mummy but since len wiseman is directing we all know it's going to suck!
I wouldn't mind an epic horror take on the mummy but since len wiseman is directing we all know it's going to suck!
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11:23AM on 12/14/2012

Irony here is

A lot of Len Wiseman's movie are effects driven, mindless blockbusters, all very similar to Brendan Fraiser's Mummy. I'd be surprised if it didn't turn out to be EXACTLY like those movies.
It needs an atmospheric director if they plan on heading back to it's genuine 'horror' roots.
A lot of Len Wiseman's movie are effects driven, mindless blockbusters, all very similar to Brendan Fraiser's Mummy. I'd be surprised if it didn't turn out to be EXACTLY like those movies.
It needs an atmospheric director if they plan on heading back to it's genuine 'horror' roots.
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11:20AM on 12/14/2012
Just as his Total Recall remake turned out to be an "epic science fiction film", I suppose. It was kinda okay, but wholly unnecessary. Well, at least it's not Paul WS Anderson at the helm.
Just as his Total Recall remake turned out to be an "epic science fiction film", I suppose. It was kinda okay, but wholly unnecessary. Well, at least it's not Paul WS Anderson at the helm.
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11:19AM on 12/14/2012

No...

Mummy and Mummy returns were cheesy classics. Even the third part was needless, let alone another one..
Mummy and Mummy returns were cheesy classics. Even the third part was needless, let alone another one..
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