Wiseman's Mummy to Resurrect Classic Monster in Modern Times

Universal Pictures' reboot of The Mummy might be the right fit for director Len Wiseman. After all, he already has experience reinventing classic monsters with Underworld, and he also has a remake to his credit with this year's Total Recall.

However, Wiseman's take on The Mummy isn't a rehash of the 1999 Brendan Fraser action-adventure film the spawned sequels, spinoffs and even an animated series. His version will be entirely different.

"It's horror," the director told MovieWeb. "It's epic. It's more of a modern-day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating."

After the poor reception of Total Recall remake, though, Wiseman had some trepidation about jumping on another remake project. Of course, there are differences, as he explained, including a lack of continuity with the most recent Mummy franchise.

"There was skepticism," Wiseman said. "The difference between the two, if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me, is that The Mummy is a completely different film. It is a modern day take. It doesn't have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind.

"The Mummy is one of Universal's long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies," he continued. "This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me. There is still a script to be written, and all of that. But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I'd never heard of before. Its nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking."

This version of The Mummy is being produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) with a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). The project is expected to debut in 2014.

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