'The Mummy' Loses a Director & 'Point Break' Remake Loses a Star
by Ethan Anderton
May 6, 2014
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.