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Universal Pictures Ready to Unleash 'The Mummy' Reboot in 2016

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November 4, 2014

The Mummy

Briefly: After Dracula Untold was release this year, with word that it had ties to Universal Pictures' forthcoming reboot of the studio's classic Universal Monsters series, the next installment in the line-up has been given a release date. Universal has just set The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, for release on June 24th, 2016. In addition, the studio has also staked out April 21st, 2017 for an unknown Universal Monsters film. It could be Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, or maybe even a Van Helsing movie (that's been developing for awhile). As of now, we're not sure, but clearly Universal is starting to get their ducks in a row. Stay tuned for more.

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  • Chris Groves
    I'm quite sure this release date was slotted in a while ago. But either way, I'm happy. This is my birthday, and I might be getting The Mummy and Independence Day 2. That would be a heck of a double feature.
  • DAVIDPD
    I hope it is not a comedy-adventure. I need to be scared by a jerky-Pharaoh!
  • steve
    It wont be the same. It needs to be totally different. The original mummy is amazing and was made for Brendan Fraser.
    • serke
      The original Mummy was Boris Karloff in 1932. Like in the picture at the top of the post.
      • steve
        ok...
  • OfficialJab
    Based on what Dracula looks like, I promise Universal that I am not watching any of these. Not that 'epic' scale action movies are all bad, but we have enough already. You know what we don't have? Anything even slightly resembling the original forms of these franchises. This isn't even a complaint about series' not sticking to their roots - it's that too many films look the same. Would you not want to see a Dracula where he is an unassuming host in an old castle? A Mummy who is raising his long lost love? Frankenstein the scientist creating a gentle confused monster who is mistreated into revolting? Sure! But let's also give them all crazy superpowers so they can take on armies!!! Gag me.
    • Chris Groves
      I wouldn't be so quick to write them all off based on Dracula Untold. For starters, I saw Dracula, while no masterpiece, it wasn't nearly as bad as the RottenTomatoes score would have you believe. I'd call it good, not very good, not great, but definitely good. But it wasn't made as part of this Monster Franchise. Well, not really. This shared universe is being managed and put together by Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman. The script and production of Dracula Untold predates the beginning of this movement. When they decided to launch the shared universe, Dracula Untold was already well under way as its own thing. So, mid-swing, they had to try and find a way to 'adjust it' and make it compatible with what they WILL be doing with the other shared universe films. That essentially boiled down to giving it an ending that set it up for a modern day continuation, as I believe that is when all of these films will take place. So, stylistically and aesthetically, it isn't fair to look at Dracula Untold as the blueprint for what these movies will be like.
      • OfficialJab
        I suspect the Mummy we get will be similar and if not then I'll be happy to be wrong. Like I said, I don't think them being glitzy CG action movies will make them bad, just familiar and ignorable. We'll see.
        • Chris Groves
          There is no telling exactly how they'll do it, but I do suspect they'll go PG-13 and a bit of a 'horror/blockbuster' angle as opposed to straightforward, low budget, violent R rated horror films. Universal has a deal with Blumhouse that is going to fill their slate with micro-budget horror films. This Universal Monster Franchise is more about creating mid-level tent-poles. So PG-13, blockbuster-esque will likely be a common thread. These won't be $150-$250 million mega-films, but they won't be the sub-$30 million 'small' films either. I think $50-$100 million for the budgets. I was just stating that Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are spear-heading this movement, and they had virtually nothing to do with Dracula Untold...so the 'Well that movie looked bad, so these will all be bad like it' idea isn't exactly fair.
          • OfficialJab
            I don't mind if they're PG-13. The last Wolfman a few years ago was just right for me - except that there was some violence that I don't know was necessary. I guess of all of them I think it's probably most appropriate for Wolfman though, I don't want Dracula to be a violent gorefest, I want it to be eerie and brooding. Same with the others. My hope is that the Dracula in the present day (if that's what they do) will be re-written to not have the powers to face armies and will be more like the original character. That shouldn't be too difficult, and I hope it's what they want too.

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