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Len Wiseman’s ‘Mummy’ Has Nothing To Do With The Brendan Fraser Movies

By now you probably know that Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall (2012)) will be directing The Mummy remake. And you probably know that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (co-writers of Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys And Aliens) are producing it (and a Van Helsing remake), for Universal. The Mummy is one of the all time iconic Universal monsters, so you might have been wondering what direction this thing will take, and now Wiseman is acknowledging his intent.

He told Movieweb “There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if ‘The Mummy’ is to be the next movie for me, is that ‘The Mummy’ is a completely different film. It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind… the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. Its nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking.” He added, “It’s horror. Its epic. It’s more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating.

Okay. So I like the fact that this will be a modern-day version and will eschew the aesthetics of the last 3 or 4 films in the franchise. I think Wiseman is visually talented, but I’ve never loved one of his movies. Then again the film’s screenwriter Jon Spaihts wrote that draft of Prometheus (aka Alien: Engineers) that was better than the Lindelof version – so who knows at this point?

At least it won’t be in the desert.



  • STRIK9

    Why is there a picture of Frankenstein on top? Anyways,I’m glad this won’t be like those corny fraser films.I’ll take those universal or first hammer versions over that trash.A 2013 remake of the original universal one would be interesting.It had a good storyline.Who knows with this one though.

  • thaphantom

    That’s not the Mummy, it’s Frankenstein… Lol

  • lupinlevorace

    Euh… As stated, this is Frankenstein, not the Mummy.

    I would expect such a mistake in the local newspaper, not on a site dedicated to the genre… :-/

  • EvanDickson

    Sorry guys – my mistake! Was exhausted from traveling!

  • mav07

    all it took for me NOT to see the 3rd Mummy was Fraser saying the words “Here we go again” in the trailer

  • bwtart

    That is only Frankenstein if he has started wearing a Fez! Muppets…

  • bwtart

    Try google image searching it

  • Canucklehead

    And I was so looking forward to more Scorpion King (sarcasm off). Karloff was the goods in this and if they can even hope to channel some of that then I would be in.

  • doomas10

    Actually i love the first mummy. It had innovative effects and it a nice adventure with some minor thrills rollercoaster. The first time I saw sand effects my jaw dropped on the floor. It even created a whole new subgenre of spoof alike jones flicks with fantasy elements. It never pretended to be horror -but you cannot denied the fact it was a fun ride- and a pretty funny one too. Shame that the sequels were not as a good – particularly the dragon emperor one. Now for the Wiseman remake not sure. The guy clearly knows how to stage action – i am particularly fond of the underworld franchise but die hard 4 and the total recall remake were meh..Leave the mummy to its tomb

  • gypsygirl

    I have been burned by mummy movies before. Are there any good ones besides Karloff?

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