Alex Kurtzman in Line to Direct Universal's Reboot of 'The Mummy'
Following news that Transformers franchise producer and writer Alex Kurtzman would team with Fast & Furious franchise writer Chris Morgan to producer a film universe that would bring together all of their classic Universal monsters like Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon, it turns out the former will have an even bigger role in the production. THR reports Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the reboot of The Mummy at Universal after Andy Muschietti fell away from the project, and some small details about the project have surfaced, revealing that this will be the first Mummy film in awhile not set in the past.
Instead, this new version of the film will be set in present day, and will be an action adventure with horror elements. There will also be completely new characters so as not to rehash or remake previous versions of the story. Sounds like the smart way to begin a new venture that will have all the classic Universal movie monsters exists in the same world. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the script along with Kurtzman and his recent ex-collaborator Roberto Orci. Univesal's co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum says, "He knows why The Mummy has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.” Anyone excited?