Len Wiseman to direct scarier The Mummy reboot
The Total Recall director will take the helm for a reboot of adventure horror franchise.
As with many horror franchises, the longer they continue the more they descend into farce before falling into obscurity until someone decides to reboot them years later.
The latest to have this treatment is The Mummy, which is to have a reboot directed by Len Wiseman, the man behind this year’s Total Recall remake.
When The Mummy was rebooted in the 1990s with Brendan Fraser in the lead, it was a success in terms of popularity, special effects and in most cases critical abidance. However, a few sequels later and the same old story was churned until it imploded on itself.
Now Wiseman has revealed his revamp of the series, which itself was loosely based on the 1930’s Universal Horror movie, will be much darker than the original.
Talking to Deadline he said. ”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.
”We’re 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.
”It’s 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 that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science.”
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