Yep, it’s time to reboot the Mummy series over at Universal … again.
Apparently the new series of Mummy movies launched back in 1999 have run their course and it’s time for Universal Studios to once again launch the series with a fresh start. Makes total sense doesn’t it? Well, wait until you see who all is involved in this relaunch and you’ll know instantly what sort of quality we’re in for.
Remember that Total Recall remake that was in the theaters for about two minutes this summer? That was directed by Len Wiseman, who will also be directing this film. He’s excited about the project … which doesn’t lower my fear of this one iota.
When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well,” “It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.”
We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical sales in modern day science.
Okay, okay maybe this has a hope.
Wait … Jon Spaihts is scripting? The guy who wrote Prometheus? I … well … okay, he had a lot of baggage to work with on making a prequel to the Alien series, and I’m sure he’ll do his best here.
I’m sure the producers will keep all this in line. Wait … its Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writers of the first two Transformers movies? And it’s being fast tracked for a summer 2014 release?
… Someone hold me?
This project has disaster written all over it. People with spotty track records are all over this thing, and it’s a property that no one really is in the mood for I believe. And Hollywood can’t figure out why box office numbers keep dropping. When a project is raced through the development process like this, when there is nothing threatening it like another Mummy movie, why rush this?
Oh, Hollywood. You silly, silly people.