Universal to Reboot <i>The Mummy</i>

Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to pen a reboot of The Mummy, Universal Pictures' blockbuster action-adventure franchise, Variety reports.

Loosely based on the 1932 horror film of the same name, director Stephen Sommers' 1999 film starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as an adventurer and an aspiring Egyptologist who, after accidentally resurrecting the mummified high priest Imhotep, must stop the ancient sorcerer before he regains his full powers.

The Mummy grossed more than $415 million worldwide, only to be outperformed by the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, which brought in $433 million (the two also inspired the short-lived The Mummy: The Animated Series). Although the 2002 Dwayne Johnson spinoff The Scorpion King stumbled at the box office, earning just $160 million, the franchise bounced back with 2008's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which delivered $401 million globally.

"I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with Prometheus: to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before," Spaihts told Variety.

Sean Daniel, who produced the previous four films in the billion-dollar series, will return for the reboot.

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