'Prometheus' Writer and Universal Dig 'The Mummy' Out of the Tomb
While it remains to be seen whether or not Ridley Scott is being honest about there only being a small link between Prometheus and Alien rather than the summer blockbuster being a secret prequel to his sci-fi classic, the writer of the film, Jon Spaihts will be going back to the beginning of another franchise with absolute certainty. Variety has word that Universal is yet again resurrecting one of their classic movie monsters with the writer rebooting The Mummy franchise, a series which hasn't seen a sequel since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008, which grossed just over $400 million worldwide that year.
Spaihts compares his new endeavor with The Mummy to the new Ridley Scott sci-fi flick saying, "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." Hopefully that means we'll be looking at a lot less stupid comedy and ditching that annoying contemporary vernacular that Brendan Fraser inexplicably brought to the series. The question remains as to who will direct, but almost anybody would be better than The Mummy Stephen Sommers, a generic director if I've ever seen one. Suggestions?