It’s no secret by now that Len Wiseman will be directing the upcoming remake of Universal’s The Mummy. With the Mummy being one of Universal’s most prized monsters it’s been a big mystery as to which direction Wiseman and the studio planned on taking the remake. Now, we’ve learned a few more details regarding his next big project.
He recently told Movieweb that, “There was skepticism. 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 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.” He added, “It’s horror. Its 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.”
While I’m not Wiseman’s biggest fan (Underworld, Total Recall (2012)), I do like what I hear from him so far. Some of the highlights are the fact that it will not be like the Brendan Fraser films and that they are planning to make it an epic horror film. I also like the idea of it being a modern-day take on The Mummy and what it would be like if it happened in our world today. Wiseman is definitely a talented director and if this script is as cool as it sounds, we might be getting the true re-imaging that The Mummy has always deserved.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of a modern-day mummy or are you not sold on the idea of Wiseman directing? Let me know in the comments.