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From Mama to The Mummy: Andres Muschietti may direct Universal's franchise reboot

Sep. 13, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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When THE MUMMY reboot was announced, we were skeptical. When Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman were announced as producers, we got nervous. When Len Wiseman was named director, we flipped the f*ck out. We needed a change from the Stephen Sommers CGI-fest, not another mid-level director trying to make a mediocre monster movie. Well, at least Wiseman dropped out, but who could come in to direct THE MUMMY?

The replacement appears to be MAMA director Andres Muschietti. The Hollywood Reporter says Muschietti is in talks to direct Universal's second reboot of THE MUMMY franchise and the first since the Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz movies. The new reboot will not take place in the 1920s as the Boris Karloff 1932 film and the 1999 reboot did but will be updated to be set in the 21st century. The only details we have are that the film will be an "action-adventure tentpole with horror elements" with new characters.

Muschietti gained the attention of Guillermo Del Toro with his creepy short titled MAMA which was made into a successful feature starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. That film had a nice horror feel to it, something I hope beyond hope will be brought back to THE MUMMY. I really enjoyed the first Brendan Fraser movie as it was a fun INDIANA JONES adventure movie, but it was not THE MUMMY I was expecting. Both of the sequels were weaker than their predecessors and a reboot is needed badly.

THE MUMMY reboot has no set date, but if a director is being chosen, we may see it as early as 2015.

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12:32AM on 09/14/2013

I was okay with Sommers take on the series...

Yeah, it was a huge departure from the Boris Karloff version, but at the time, I was more than happy to see that. I had already seen the horror film, so a rehash would've been expected, but taking in the adventure genre was a fun change of pace... That said, I'd like to see it go back to it's horror roots. We shouldn't rehash the remake, just as they didn't rehash the original. I could see, if done with the right people, a modern day Mummy film that could fall into the [link] genre, and be
Yeah, it was a huge departure from the Boris Karloff version, but at the time, I was more than happy to see that. I had already seen the horror film, so a rehash would've been expected, but taking in the adventure genre was a fun change of pace... That said, I'd like to see it go back to it's horror roots. We shouldn't rehash the remake, just as they didn't rehash the original. I could see, if done with the right people, a modern day Mummy film that could fall into the [link] genre, and be equally as entertaining.
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10:13PM on 09/13/2013
Better him than Len Wiseman.
Better him than Len Wiseman.
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6:24PM on 09/13/2013
So it's the same movie: Mama to Mummy. Mummy, get it? Hehe.
So it's the same movie: Mama to Mummy. Mummy, get it? Hehe.
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5:10PM on 09/13/2013
I really don't get the hate for The Mummy films.they may not be as great as Indiana Jones films but they are good action adventure films and Brendan fraser is wonderful.
I really don't get the hate for The Mummy films.they may not be as great as Indiana Jones films but they are good action adventure films and Brendan fraser is wonderful.
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9:33PM on 09/13/2013
I actually like The Mummy 1 & 2 but not The Mummy 3 which was a bit over the top than the usual for me.
I actually like The Mummy 1 & 2 but not The Mummy 3 which was a bit over the top than the usual for me.
3:34PM on 09/13/2013
The first two were enjoyable. The third film was awful.
The first two were enjoyable. The third film was awful.
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3:30PM on 09/13/2013
When I want to watch a mummy movie I don't expect a masterpiece. Honestly, I don't think the Summers trilogy is all that bad.
When I want to watch a mummy movie I don't expect a masterpiece. Honestly, I don't think the Summers trilogy is all that bad.
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3:11PM on 09/13/2013
Are we sure that isn't Aaron Rodgers?
Are we sure that isn't Aaron Rodgers?
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3:31PM on 09/13/2013
Beat me to it!
Beat me to it!
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