Universal reps have informed us of a few release dates that you should know about for The Seventh Son, The Boys Next Door and, notably, The Mummy reboot.
Regarding the latter: The Mummy is set for release on April 22, 2016. Here’s an early blurb from the studio: “A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in The Mummy, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. The Mummy is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team including director Andy Muschietti (Mama) and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Transformers series) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen and Barbara Muschietti will executive produce.”
Back in July, director Len Wiseman dropped out of Universal Studios’ upcoming reboot of The Mummy and since then, the search has been on for a replacement. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Mama director Andres Muschietti is in talks to helm the film.
Muschietti’s Mama was a surprise hit for the studio, grossing over $146 million at the worldwide box office.
Universal’s The Mummy – a new take on the classic movie monster – has lost a director in Len Wiseman, reports The Wrap.
Wiseman recently directed the Total Recall remake as well as the pilot for the upcoming Fox series Sleepy Hollow.
Scheduling conflicts are preventing him from taking on the Mummy reboot which Universal wants in theaters in the summer of 2014.
It was reported some time ago that Total Recall director Len Wiseman would be directing a reboot of The Mummy franchise at Universal and last we’d heard, a script was being written by Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts.
Vulture is now reporting that Universal is so eager to get a script ready to shoot this year, that they’ve hired The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray to pen a completely different script for the project. An insider told them that both scripts will probably end up fused together…
“Horror” and “epic” are two words being bandied about by director Len Wiseman when it comes to The Mummy reboot he was attached to in September.
Movieweb caught up with the helmer of the Total Recall remake and got him chatting about Universal’s new take on the classic movie monster. Beyond those two aforementioned words, Wiseman describes the new film as “more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating.”
He sounds uncertain if it’s the film he’ll do next – because he dropped the line “if The Mummy is to be the next movie for me” – but he went on to explain what’s getting him excited about the project.
Len Wiseman, fresh off of the Total Recall remake, is attached to direct The Mummy for Universal, says Deadline. The latest film, another reboot of the classic Universal monster, is expected to hit theaters during summer 2014. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) are producing the project with Jon Spaihts scripting.
Universal Pictures is partnering with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to “reimagine” some of the studio’s library titles. Ready for this?
Kurtzman and Orci’s K/O Paper Products will develop and produce a modern reimagining of The Mummy alongside producer Sean Daniel and writer Jon Spaihts. The pair will also develop and produce Universal’s reimagined Van Helsing, with Tom Cruise attached to star in and produce the film.
Van Helsing, as you know, was the 2004 misfire from Stephen Sommers which starred Hugh Jackman. (Sommers also directed the first two entries in The Mummy franchise.)
Here’s the official word from the studio.
Screenwriter Jon Spaihts has become one of the most in-demand screenwriters in Hollywood, partially due to his sci-fi spec script Passengers, which led to him working up the first drafts for Ridley Scott’s upcoming space epic Prometheus.
Recently, it was announced that Universal Pictures hired Spaihts to come up with some sort of new take on The Mummy for a planned reboot, although that’s something he hasn’t started writing yet, as he finishes up on two projects for Jerry Bruckheimer, the second being an original space adventure.