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Universal Hungry For ‘The Mummy’ Reboot, Taps ‘Hunger Games’ Scribe

Say what you will about Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games, but I thought it was a pretty good movie, with a an even more so competent screenplay.

Vulture is reporting that Universal Pictures has taken the unusual step of hiring two different screenwriters to work on dueling The Mummy scripts. It was already known that Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote Prometheus for director Ridley Scott, is hammering away on an update of The Mummy set in the present day. But what wasn’t known is that The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray has also been hired to craft a competitive draft, also set in contemporary society!

Says the site, by hiring two screenwriters to work on competing Mummy projects at the same time, the studio believes it is effectively doubling its chances that it will at least have one Mummy script that’s camera-ready by the late summer or early fall.

What Universal doesn’t know is that, by hiring Total Recall and Underworld‘s Len Wiseman, they have already accepted mediocrity as a final product.



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