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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.



  • DarrelDreadful

    That last comment about Len Wiseman was kind of harsh, funny, but harsh. I never thought the other Mummy movies, with Brendan Fraser, were astounding but they were entertaining. Im pretty sure this will be the same case.

  • Canucklehead

    One more example of a classic debased and demeaned.

  • Aaron Emery

    Wiseman is the king of mediocrity, I have nothing against the UNDERWORLD films (I only recently watched them), in fact I found them to be fun entertaining movies! I didn’t care for the TR remake but I admit I like the MUMMY films even less. If Wiseman is the king of mediocrity then Brendan Fraser is the king of ham-fisted acting, the third movie he was exceptionally bad. Long story longer, I don’t see how this could be any worse than the Fraser trilogy!

  • Joe-Banger

    I dont see a need for a new mummy film unless it is an original film. Fuck the remakes and Brendan Frasers last mummy fim really sucked ass! Jet Li you sold out. Im happy I cant afford movie tickets anymore.

  • EvilHead1981

    Movies set in present day are overrated. Especially if the originals(or even the story itself) is set in an older time period. It’s just a suit-backed reasoning to appeal to low-attention-span asshats who can’t relate to anything that doesn’t have iPad or Twitter references.

    • Aaron Emery

      Ironically enough, period pieces feel less dated than anything modern. These days somebody watches a movie from five years ago and sees a flip phone and they’re like “ERMAHGERD FLERP PHERN!”

      • EvilHead1981

        I think production companies use that to their advantage to milk something by over rebooting something. I can totally see the suits contemplating “Oh, when we made that movie, iPods were fashionable, so now we have to make a movie where we replace THAT with iPads! Where as we made references to Laguna Beach, now we make references to Buck Wild! Gotta keep on the top of trend or the kids won’t accept it!!!”. Again, while there ARE some stupid kids out there like that, I tend to give the majority a benefit of the doubt. I think a lot of them WOULD be alright with period-set movies, it’s just they have to willingly accept what the production companies are churning out because that’s all there is right now. It’s the “grit your teeth and just bare through it, because that’s all you’re getting, until….”. I see that as the era we are in right now. I think most people are too afraid of rocking the boat, so they just settle with what we got. I think you gotta rock the boat a bit to get better things. In history, great change is made through revolution, be it freedom of tyranny, rights for races, genders or even movements in science and technology. When it comes to things like this, you can’t just sit back and be content with the status quo, especially if it’s not all it COULD be or all it SHOULD be. Gotta get those walls that keep us stuck in one spot and rock those fuckers down, and if anybody gets in the way(because they are content with living like this), force your way right through them. Let the light shine in and forge a path to new things!!!

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