Universal is working its way through its roster of classic monsters for 21st Century reboots, and now it's the turn of The Mummy. For this new-fangled version, Len Wiseman is being hired to direct, according to Deadline.
Joe Spaihts is in process of writing the screenplay, which Wiseman described as "a darker twist on the material, a scarier version." The story will be set in the modern day. Universal wants the film for the summer 2014 blockbuster season.
The 1932 original was directed by Karl Freund, who served as director of photography for Tod Browning's Dracula, and followed in the latter's footsteps as a static piece of work that doesn't hold up. Remaking the film in the late 1990s made sense, the franchise extended to four installments with huge financial returns, and the series definitely developed a fan base, though I am not one myself.
And I'm not a particular fan of Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall), either; he knows how to lather up movies with colorful style, but his action sequences are not shot with clarity or distinction. I've come to accept, however, that I'm no longer the target audience for Hollywood blockbusters, and so the prospect of a Wiseman-directed The Mummy does not fill me with dread. How about you?