Universal’s forthcoming resurrection of The Mummy has taken a step closer to fruition, with the announcement that Len Wiseman will fill the director’s chair.
The Total Recall director will take on yet another remake, with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman currently working on the script, and according to Wiseman, this version of The Mummy will be significantly scarier than those that have gone before.
“When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head,” he explains. “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.”
It’s a view that Kurtzman has already been pushing, having previously claimed that the film will take its cues from the ‘30s original, “at its beating heart a horror movie, and then an action movie.”
The studio is apparently extremely keen to get things moving on its latest monster movie revival, with The Mummy expected to come shambling into cinemas in 2014. If that’s to be achieved, production will likely begin next year, meaning we should have some more news sooner rather than later…