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Alex Kurtzman in Line to Direct Universal's Reboot of 'The Mummy'

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July 30, 2014
Source: THR

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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?

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  • DAVIDPD
    Internet does not like this guy. But I have some nostalgia for THE MUMMY. Could be good. Hopes.
  • Chris Groves
    I'm all for it. I don't get the hate he and his partner get. Writers are really the fire hydrants of the movie production pipeline. Every dog pees on them. Writers get all of the blame if the movie is bad for 'a bad script' and they never get any of the praise when a movie is good(the director always gets it) Everyone praises Abrams for Star Trek, not these guys. Everyone 'blames' them for Spider-Man, not Webb...even though virtually all of the changes made from the original script(by producers and etc) were for the worse. Same thing with Prometheus, people who love it thank Scott, people who hate it blame Lindelof. It is the most f*cked up perspective I've ever seen, and it will never change, apparently.
    • cobrazombie
      I'm sorry but that's bullshit. Good movies get praised for their good scripts. Those two guys have written some pure shit movies and the results speak for themselves. Not "everyone" loved JJ's Trek either.
      • Chris Groves
        It isn't bullshit, I'm speaking from my personal experience. It is a common thread. Lindelof can do no right and Scott can do no wrong. Everyone focuses on the bad movies these guys wrote but never focus on the movies they wrote that had good receptions. Sure, not "everyone" loves ANY movie, but even if you hate Star Trek 09, it had a very positive critical reception and a very good score on places like IMDB. It was generally a well liked film. But as if to make my point, those that love the film praise Abrams for making it so great, and almost never the writers involved.
  • OfficialJab
    'Action adventure with horror elements' makes me uneasy. Make them all horror films with a few action elements?
    • Chris Groves
      'Action adventure with horror elements' doesn't sound too far away from the kind of approach being taken with Dracula Untold. I know that isn't under the official 'supervision' of Kurtzman and Morgan, it precedes them getting on board this shared universe idea. But perhaps the studio and everyone is very happy with how that film is shaping up, and are planning to use it as part of this shared universe and sort of line-up with it stylistically. You certainly can't do a shared Universal Monsters Universe WITHOUT Dracula...and if they have what they think is a really great Dracula origin story on their hands, I have to imagine they would feel confident in retroactively folding it into their shared universe plans. Of course if the film bombs and is hated by everyone, they can easily say 'No, that didn't count' and do their own Dracula reboot a few years down the line.
      • OfficialJab
        Dracula should be horror-first also. I think they might just be trying to make them too accessible, and they'll make their money but never even scratch at their potential.
        • Chris Groves
          It is clearly a sort of strategy by Universal to fill out their slate with movies of all levels. They have Blumhouse making micro-budget horror films with huge profit margins(Like The Purge). They have Legendary getting in on huge blockbusters like Fast and Furious 7, Jurassic World, Skull Island. They have Illumination making huge hit animated films like Despicable Me 2. I think with these 'horror blockbuster' properties, they want to shoot for that $80-$100 million budget range and make something that could be quite successful for that cost. These don't seem like they'll be $150-$250 million blockbusters, but I also don't think they want to make them 'cheap'. In order to do some of these characters justice...you can't really skimp out and make these small little productions. So you want to give them a bit more money, and then that makes an R rating and going 'hard horror' more dubious.
          • OfficialJab
            Not talking about R-ratings, that's unnecessary. I think there is definitely room in just about any studio's slate for patiently paced horror films that aren't about possession or something exactly the same as that.

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