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'The Mummy' Loses a Director & 'Point Break' Remake Loses a Star

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May 6, 2014

Gerard Butler / The Mummy

Two gestating remakes just lost key talents in front of and behind the camera, which begs the question whether we really need these two projects anyway. But I digress. First up, The Wrap has learned that Mama director Andres (Andy) Muschetti has walked away from Universal's remake of The Mummy over creative differences. Reportedly the filmmaker wanted to go with a darker, scarier version of the classic monster while the studio, in all their infinite wisdom, wanted a more family friendly action adventure blockbuster that will hit with all audiences. Didn't they already do that with Brendan Fraser's The Mummy franchise? It's not clear how quickly a replacement will be found but we'll surely keep you posted. Read on!

Secondly, THR has learned that the remake of Kathryn Bigelow's revered action flick Point Break has just lost Gerard Butler. The 300 and Gamer star was supposed to play the extreme sport thief character Bodhi originally played by Patrick Swayze, and in this case there have been creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Aside from Butler's unspecified creative clashes, the schedule will run into the production timetable for London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen that shoots this fall across the pond. Luke Bracey is still attached in the FBI agent role originated by Keanu Reeves, and Alcon Entertainment hopes to find a replacement for Butler while keeping their same start date.

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  • SkyNet300
    MAMA director would have been perfect:( Why the hell would Universal want to make it family friendly Again?! Ugh:(
    • Chris Groves
      Well, there was a rumor a while back that Universal Studios was perhaps interesting in taking a page out of Marvel's book and try and create their equivalent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...only using their vast staple of monster characters...Dracula, The Mummy, Van Helsing, Frankenstein, etc etc Basically the basic concept of Van Helsing 04...but only a big 'shared universe' version of it. Small scale and scary =/= pulling blockbuster numbers.
      • OfficialJab
        I think there are dollars to be made in making them more intense too. They would be more talked about, and I think easier to market also.
        • Chris Groves
          Also they would be cheaper. If you make one of these for like, $40-$60 million, and make it very intense, scary, violent, etc...you could easily be looking at a film that enters profitability quickly. If you are going to 'blockbuster-ize' the whole thing, then you force it to have to pull these huge numbers, and that is never a sure thing.
  • DAVIDPD
    I didn't see that coming for either of these films. I was one who was rooting for Butler in the Bodhi role.
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Damn, i would of liked to see Gerard's take on Bohdi in the new point break. Oh well
  • maxalnutt@aol.com
    It's sad...neither of these movies needs a reboot...Are there no original ideas out there? It's all about putting butts in seats...No we don't a need a new interpretation every 5 - 20 years for every movie that had some success at the box office. If hollywood thinks us so forgetful, with our short term memeory, just re-release the origional film again.We're obviously too stupid to know the difference.
    • VD65
      That would be The Mummy, 1932 starring Boris Karloff as Imhotep.
  • steve
    Don't remake The Mummy please. The movie was made for Brendan Fraser, even the original director said he fit the character exactly how he thought of him. There's literally no need to have a remake also considering a third movie only came out in 2008
  • VD65
    The Mummy movie was around since 1932. Brendan Fraser doesn't have a corner on mummy movies. I have seen many movies about mummies. I don't understand people objecting because I think these are headlines and writers that are mistaking what they want to do because from what I've read they are NOT remaking anything. The Imhotep character came from the 1932 Boris Karloff movie. I liked a movie with Turhan Bey in 1942 called The Mummy's Tomb and the person playing that mummy called Kharis was Lon Chaney, Jr. Only young people think the Fraser movies are the be all end all of mummy movies and it simply is not true. Let them make it and disassociate it in your mind from the campy movies Fraser starred in. It's like zombies they have made numerous movies and none of them are alike.

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