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Len Wiseman is getting back into the reboot business. After doing the honors behind the camera for Sony’s “Total Recall” reboot, the director of the first two “Underworld” movies is now moving on to Universal’s reboot of “The Mummy”. Although Wiseman’s “Total Recall” didn’t wow audiences in the States (barely capping off at $58 million despite a monstrous and expensive ad campaign), the film has gone on to earn $114 million overseas, proving once again that slick Hollywood action movies almost always sells overseas. Of course, bragging about your overseas earnings isn’t as cool as bragging about the domestic box office, but green is green, right?
Wiseman is now currently in negotiations to direct “The Mummy” reboot based on a script by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”), who is said to have pitched and written a contemporary take on the tombed monster. Says Wiseman of coming onboard the property:
When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version… One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person.
But not too dark, of course. Don’t worry, kids, this will still be a PG-13 movie. (This is what you wanted, right? Or at least, expected?) Wiseman all but promises the rating, calling his version a “four-quadrant” film like the first three PG-13 movies. In other words, given the expected huge budget, this thing better be available to the widest audience available, or else.
The ubiquitous duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been developing the reboot for some time, and will remained involved as producers.
Here’s a thought: the first three “Mummy” films had a pretty Brit as the female lead, right? (Okay, so Maria Bello was playing a Brit in the third one, but the character was still a Brit.) Well, Wiseman happens to be married to a pretty Brit and he seems to like working with her. “The Mummy” reboot co-starring Kate Beckinsale, perhaps? Unless, of course, working together has lost its luster for the duo…
Via : Deadline