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Len Wiseman is wrapping up a deal to helm The Mummy

Sep. 24, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Moving on from the not as awesome as the original TOTAL RECALL, Len Wiseman is locking down a deal to direct an updated version of THE MUMMY.

Jon Spaihts (PROMETHEUS) will be the one to write the script, but Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci pitched the project to Wiseman. They are looking to take the classic character to a scarier place than it was originally intended. Instead of dramatic and slow paced, the material will find its place in modern society.

"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," Wiseman told me. "It's a darker twist on the material, a scarier version."

Kurtzman continued, Were reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. Its still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie thats more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, weve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichtons books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern day science.

A lot of the work with Len has been about creating mythology, and I remember seeing Underworld and finding it a beautiful advancement of the genre. It was presented in this fresh, incredibly cool concept, but it never gave up its reverence for the mythology and that is what inspired us to meet with Len.

Wiseman knows that there's more to the character than filmmakers have allowed. Instead of painting this creature into a slow moving hollow monster, they intend to go deeper and explore the man inside the wraps.

One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, hes still in essence a man, Wiseman said. They havent turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. Hes a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that hes a thinking, calculating person.

THE MUMMY may hit theaters in Summer of 2014.

Source: Deadline

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11:47AM on 09/26/2012
Wiseman has a decent visual sense even if his movies are kind of dumb. He'll follow in Stephen Sommers tiny shoes quite nicely.
Wiseman has a decent visual sense even if his movies are kind of dumb. He'll follow in Stephen Sommers tiny shoes quite nicely.
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4:55PM on 09/25/2012

Other then the fact that it has a mummy in it...

...what specifically makes it a remake of "The Mummy"? There's been plenty of movies that feature mummies, not all of them are necessarily remakes of older material.
...what specifically makes it a remake of "The Mummy"? There's been plenty of movies that feature mummies, not all of them are necessarily remakes of older material.
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2:39PM on 09/25/2012

Other then the fact that it has a mummy in it...

...what specifically makes it a remake of "The Mummy"? There's been plenty of movies that feature mummies, not all of them are necessarily remakes of older material.
...what specifically makes it a remake of "The Mummy"? There's been plenty of movies that feature mummies, not all of them are necessarily remakes of older material.
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1:35PM on 09/25/2012

I've got a new concept for Wiseman...

...go away!
...go away!
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1:03PM on 09/25/2012

Arnold Vosloo...

No matter how hard the new remake tries they can't beat Vosloo's Imhotep...
No matter how hard the new remake tries they can't beat Vosloo's Imhotep...
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11:18AM on 09/25/2012
This guy must possess some fantastic oral skills....
This guy must possess some fantastic oral skills....
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10:53AM on 09/25/2012

I would rather...

...watch Wiseman and Paul BS Anderson co-direct a film where we get to see Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich kicking each others asses in tight leather bodysuits. Isn't this the only logical conclusion to either of their careers?
...watch Wiseman and Paul BS Anderson co-direct a film where we get to see Kate Beckinsale and Milla Jovovich kicking each others asses in tight leather bodysuits. Isn't this the only logical conclusion to either of their careers?
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7:33AM on 09/25/2012

Fuck this

And fuck those "creative" types in Hollywood who can't think up any new ideas.
And fuck those "creative" types in Hollywood who can't think up any new ideas.
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5:49AM on 09/25/2012
Darker, scarier... but still PG-13!
Darker, scarier... but still PG-13!
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3:18AM on 09/25/2012

No, just no.

I can't believe this guy is making movies after Total Recall.

I enjoyed the first Somers Mummy film, mainly as it treminded me of saturday morning period action movies however the rest were pretty poor. I caught a bit of Mummy 3 a couple of nights ago on TV and I thought I would give it another chance. It lasted 10 minutes before I switched it off.

Whilst I would welcome another movie on the subject I think it should be a period movie with strong horror overtones.
I can't believe this guy is making movies after Total Recall.

I enjoyed the first Somers Mummy film, mainly as it treminded me of saturday morning period action movies however the rest were pretty poor. I caught a bit of Mummy 3 a couple of nights ago on TV and I thought I would give it another chance. It lasted 10 minutes before I switched it off.

Whilst I would welcome another movie on the subject I think it should be a period movie with strong horror overtones.
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2:09AM on 09/25/2012

hahahahaha

yeah because the Total Recall remake was SO GOOD! This is a disaster waiting to happen.
yeah because the Total Recall remake was SO GOOD! This is a disaster waiting to happen.
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10:54PM on 09/24/2012

GUILTY!

Just doing some practice for Wiseman's inevitable Movie Jail column.
Just doing some practice for Wiseman's inevitable Movie Jail column.
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10:37PM on 09/24/2012
Oh joy..... cause I like my Mummy movies with more blue-filtering, cheesy CGI, and Kate Beckinsale kicking mummy asses in skin-tight leather. Actually, Kate Beckinsale kicking ass in skin-tight leather isn't such a bad idea.
Oh joy..... cause I like my Mummy movies with more blue-filtering, cheesy CGI, and Kate Beckinsale kicking mummy asses in skin-tight leather. Actually, Kate Beckinsale kicking ass in skin-tight leather isn't such a bad idea.
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8:09PM on 09/24/2012

Christ...

This will be terrible, we have already seen that anything Wiseman touches turns to crap, and honestly, Kurtzman and Orci have more turds on their plate than hits. The Mummy should be a horror movie, not an action/adventure piece. The original Mummy by Sommers was actually decent, but that was as far as they should have gone with it, now take it back to its horror roots, too bad this project won't be doing that...
This will be terrible, we have already seen that anything Wiseman touches turns to crap, and honestly, Kurtzman and Orci have more turds on their plate than hits. The Mummy should be a horror movie, not an action/adventure piece. The original Mummy by Sommers was actually decent, but that was as far as they should have gone with it, now take it back to its horror roots, too bad this project won't be doing that...
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7:50PM on 09/24/2012
Well, I'm glad they don't try to make another sequel to The Mummy series.
Well, I'm glad they don't try to make another sequel to The Mummy series.
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7:35PM on 09/24/2012
Hah. even with Spaihts attached as a writer (who DOES have decent UNPRODUCED scripts) I don't feel excited. "Darker twist, SCARIER" my ass. I'm done believing all this bs in advance. They'll say anything to sell the hype
Hah. even with Spaihts attached as a writer (who DOES have decent UNPRODUCED scripts) I don't feel excited. "Darker twist, SCARIER" my ass. I'm done believing all this bs in advance. They'll say anything to sell the hype
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