Last month, director Len Wiseman departed Universal’s reboot of The Mummy, throwing the status of the project into question. We hadn’t heard anything further on what the studio planned to do with the film since then but now, we’re receiving news that Mama director Andres Muschietti will step in for Wiseman and take on directing duties.
It’s easy to see why the studio would go with the relatively new filmmaker, as he brought in $140 million worldwide for them with Mama and pleased enough execs to spur talks of a sequel for that film.
Jon Spaihts, who penned the first draft of Prometheus, is on scripting duties here. While we don’t know too much about what the story will involve, we’ve heard that it will be “more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today.”
Honestly, I can’t say I’m too excited about this one. It seems like just another cash grab for Universal. They’ve tried to reboot their horror properties in the past with little success (The Wolfman) and so far, nothing about this project indicates to me that it will turn out to be any different. Plus, I wasn’t really a fan of what Muschietti did with Mama, so this news doesn’t do a whole lot for me. For now, mark me down as uninterested in this reboot.
What do you think? Will Universal be able to successfully reboot The Mummy? And do we even need a reboot of this property? Let us know in the comments below.