Dimension is Developing 'The Mummy Archives' Horror Film
This has nothing to do with Universal's Mummy movies nor is it a remake of the 1944 Lon Cheney film The Mummy's Curse. LA Times reports that Dimension Films is developing a horror movie called The Mummy Archives, similar to Paranormal Activity and described as "a more artful and modestly budgeted version of The Mummy." The concept, conceived by Doug Wick, focuses on several young people who are haunted by a mummy curse, with most of the action playing out in the "unseen realm," as both the audience and the characters frequently experience the effects of the curse without seeing it. This sounds very interesting.
Dimension has hired Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, a young Spanish genre director who directed a film called King of the Hill (or El Rey De la Montaña) previously, to write the screenplay and direct the film. The Mummy Archives is expected to have a very low budget of around $5 million, which definitely puts it into the indie realm kind of like Paranormal, but I have a feeling this will be much different in the end. For some reason, I really like this entire concept, I feel like they could create a really great horror film out of it, I just hope it stays under the radar until they shoot it (like what J.J. Abrams does). We'll be following it closely anyway.
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What is involved with being cursed by a mummy anyways? If they're being chased by one I don't see how that could be scary seeing as they're so slow and campy looking. I'm skeptical about this...
peloquin on May 4, 2010
Well, if you read up on the curse that supposedly followed the opening of King Tut's tomb, you'll get the good luck canary getting eaten by a cobra, and the guy who's funding the expedition will get an infected mosquito bite and drop dead. (Meanwhile according to legend, his favorite dog howled and dropped dead at the same time back in England.) While that doesn't sound very Paranormal Activity to me, I suppose they could have creepy things-moving-at-night, dusty footsteps in the hall... cobras in the bed? I suppose they could do a riff on the good bits from The Mummy remake with the plagues of Egypt sort of stuff. With a small budget though... all I can imagine is close up shots of grasshoppers and frogs trying to look menacing.
Lana on May 5, 2010
This sounds pretty interesting. Personally I enjoyed Paranormal Activity, in theaters at least. This could be good
Max on May 5, 2010
This sounds way better than paranormal activity, i'm looking foward to this movie.
Peace Love & GaGa on May 7, 2010
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