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The Mummy Reboots?
Jon Spaihts hired to write a relaunch

05 April 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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The Mummy Reboots?

Looks like someone at Universal took a gander at Sony re-booting the Spider-Man franchise after the last outing in 2007 and thought both, ‘Hhm… maybe we should tap that reboot reservoir...’ and, ‘Pah! 2007? Lightweights. We’ll up the ante and relaunch something that last saw cinemas in 2008!’ Hence today’s announcement that the studio has decided to reboot The Mummy.

The producers – including franchise veteran Sean Daniel – have decided that Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts is the man to dust off Imhotep and give him a new coat of sand and evil. "I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with Prometheus: to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before," Spaihts tells Variety.

Stephen Sommers brought Universal's veteran Egyptian troublemaker back to life in 1999, after a classic Boris Karloff effort back in 1932 and a few remakes / spin-offs in the 1940s. Sommers cast Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz in a comedy adventure that scored big at the box office. He pulled off the trick a second time in 2001 with The Mummy Returns. Both Sommers and Weisz passed on the third film, The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, which found Rob Cohen at the helm and Maria Bello taking over for Weisz. And don’t forget the 2002 spin-off The Scorpion King (though everyone, including us, is still trying to forget the cheap DVD sequels to that one.)

So now we wait and see what Spaihts does with the Mummy universe. Will Fraser’s Rick O’Connell still be present, even if the actor isn’t? Will Prometheus' Damon Lindelof be called in to write the second draft, with everyone denying that is has a direct connection with any other Mummy adventure? What? Could happen….


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In a way I agree with them on remaking the mummy franchise but on the other hand I strongly disagree. Yes, both sequels to the 1999 mummy sucked more than anything in the world. They took everything that made the first one good and ruined everything. But, the first Mummy is just way too memorable to reimagine. They got it right the first time. It's when they keep trying to keep it up is when it all falls to disaster. I hate the sequels but The Mummy(1999) is a classic that needs no reimagining. More

Posted by Jack The Green at 19:31 on 24 July 2012 | Report This Post

Please god no more - the horse has been flogged, it wants no more...
Let it rest in peace... More

Posted by gbain at 15:18 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

NOOOOOOOOO!
Please god no more - the horse has been flogged, it wants no more... Let it rest in peace... More

Posted by gbain at 15:16 on 10 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: benclarke2000
L: Phubbs But my friends, can a realistic horror of the Mummy actually work these days and be scary? the Karloff version was made in a different era when things like that easily scared innocent audiences. These days I don't think it will work, especially as a mummy isn't really too scary..unless you go down the 'fast zombie' route but then your're ruining the class of the franchise. greed i think there'll make this another actioner but a bit darker. Shame that Hollywood is doing al More

Posted by princessa at 17:45 on 08 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Mummy Reboots?
Not every aspect of the Sommers remake holds up, but his over all aesthetic I thought worked well. Sort of David Roberts by way of Roger Corman. Anyway, I love ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology, and while I'm hoping they go for creepy suspense as in the Karloff original, in any case I'm certainly not going to object to some new Mummy movies. The concept is ripe for exploration, and IMHO it has the potential to be truly scary. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:07 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: benclarke2000
But my friends, can a realistic horror of the Mummy actually work these days and be scary? the Karloff version was made in a different era when things like that easily scared innocent audiences. These days I don't think it will work, especially as a mummy isn't really too scary..unless you go down the 'fast zombie' route but then your're ruining the class of the franchise. More

Posted by Phubbs at 03:28 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

benclarke2000
Please don't skive anymore more english classes bigollytg! More

Posted by benclarke2000 at 01:06 on 06 April 2012 | Report This Post

I thought the first mummy film...
was an enjoyable romp, but the various spin-offs and sequels were admittedly pretty lame. They need to return the Mummy to it's original horror roots, and create a creepy suspense thriller rather than a fun action romp. With the right direction and actors, this could have potential to be a modern horror classic. This is one of the few reboots I support! More

Posted by criffle at 23:27 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Worth a Re-boot!
The Stephen Sommers Mummy movies are pretty poor to be honest and nothing like what the Mummy should be about. Hopefully this time round it'll be darker with more horror than comedy with a believable heroic lead other than Brendan Fraser! I think this is a franchise in desperate need of a re-boot! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 23:13 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Worth a Re-boot!
The Stephen Sommers Mummy movies are pretty poor to be honest and nothing like what the Mummy should be about. Hopefully this time round it'll be darker with more horror than comedy with a believable heroic lead other than Brendan Fraser! I think this is a franchise in desperate need of a re-boot! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 23:12 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Apologies for the double post - "There has been an internal error, please try again" More

Posted by thanet at 22:07 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Re: I'm normally tolerant....
@ bigollytg: Ouch, ouch, ouch! For your sake I really hope you are dyslexic. If you are then please ignore this, that’s a perfectly valid reason for having bad spelling (yes I’m dyslexic myself, and thus well aware of how hard it can be). If you are not, however, then please get yourself some English classes quick smart! You honestly could really do with them – I can count at least nineteen spelling and grammar mistakes in just that short rant of yours, that’s a whole thi More

Posted by thanet at 22:05 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Re: I'm normally tolerant....
@ bigollytg: Ouch, ouch, ouch! For your sake I really hope you are dyslexic. If you are then please ignore this, that’s a perfectly valid reason for having bad spelling (yes I’m dyslexic myself, and thus well aware of how hard it can be). If you are not, however, then please get yourself some English classes quick smart! You honestly could really do with them – I can count at least nineteen spelling and grammar mistakes in just that short rant of yours, that’s a whole thi More

Posted by thanet at 22:05 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Should have rebooted
i think they that they should ahve rebooted the franchise instead of making Tomb of the Dragon Emperor More

Posted by Oliver Shuter at 21:35 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

Im normally tolerent but this is riduculous
I dont mind that we have a lode of seqeuls and reeboots they come of well most of the time but wth seriolsy this is just takeing the piss and is just pure lazyness bin this idea now and come up with a new mummy idea entirly lazy asses. phew rant over. More

Posted by bigollytg at 19:37 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The Mummy Reboots?
Hey I already did this haha you didn't do your search Empire ://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3378852 More

Posted by Phubbs at 16:36 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: make some new films ffs
If Hollywood are (as it seems) out of ideas maybe I can finally pitch my amazing Film ideas at them. I have: Space Monkeys Of Death Mountain The Man With The Inviciable Dog Space Monkeys Of Death Mountain 2: The Rise Of The Great Bum Midgets Alien Vs Predator Vs Mrs Doubtfire Vs Pingu Vs Some Bloke (Samual.L.Jackson.He eventually dies,because he's black,..obviously) CasaBlanka,Staring Blanka out of Street Fighter The Life And Times Of A Turkey On Death-Row (Documentary) The Engl More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 15:16 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

RE: make some new films ffs
Originality is dead. More

Posted by S. C. Lee at 15:16 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

make some new films ffs
Or when's the reboot of Prometheus due? More

Posted by artilleryman at 14:44 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

no
the original karloff and the christopher lee ones were scary and creepy.the newer ones were just action films with nothing scary about them at all. More

Posted by revanmalak at 11:00 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

wasnt the last one made to cash in on Indy 4?
it seemed like Universal thought hey Indy 4s out summer 08 we'll do another Mummy too.' although to be fair Indy 4 did feel abit like The Mummy Returns at times More

Posted by jackcarter at 10:45 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

There's plenty of scope for a reinvention- the Sommers films tried the Indiana Jones approach, and anyone who's seen the Karloff version will know how different that is (creepy). I'd like a small scale version, but i saw 'epic' up there, so i'm on the fence here, leaning towards 'bad idea', I've long since got over the exhausting recycling process of mainstream cinema. This shouldn't be a surprise, after all The Wolfman is being rebooted isn't it? More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 10:19 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

I would make a 'fed up' comment, but I just can't be bothered... More

Posted by Whistler at 09:12 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

I heard they were planning on rebooting Harry Potter next... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:47 on 05 April 2012 | Report This Post

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