Len Wiseman says his Mummy reboot will be set in modern day

TheMummy-reboot Earlier this year we heard that Total Recall director Len Wiseman would be rebooting The Mummy franchise for Universal. At the time producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Cowboys & Aliens) said it would be “a darker twist on the material”, and now Wiseman has provided a few more details about what we can expect.

From MovieWeb:

The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… 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…

Wiseman also revealed the story will take place in the present day, which would provide audiences with a different setting as the Brendan Fraser trilogy took place in the 1920s and had an Indiana Jones vibe to it.

“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.”

Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen were responsible for the most recent adaptation in the late 90s and early 2000s with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz leading. The three films earned over a billion dollars worldwide and spawned spin-off’s such as The Scorpion King and a few direct-to-DVD efforts.

Universal are apparently aiming to release the film in the summer of 2014, but it doesn’t seem like a script is in place yet so it could be late-2014 or 2015.

  • http://twitter.com/yuungyeti NICK ??RT

    terrible idea i hope this bombs.

  • Someone

    Why would they make new ones…the first two mummies were great, not so much the third…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kendrat199 Kendra Taylor

    Any time a producer aims to reinvent something new, I support it. Why keep churning out boring copies when you have a chance to make something unique. If he can pull it off, I say go for it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003322611427 John Oshaughnessy

    Why don’t they just reboot it and set it in the actual Egyptian time’s like in the 1290 and center in around those era of time’s rather than a movie set in 2015. Strange to be honest, He didn’t do a very good Total Recall reboot. Having a mummy run around modern day New York don’t sound to good, Unless it is a brilliant story, I just can’t see how you can interpret a Mummy into Modern day.