Wow. Remember four years ago when Brendan Fraser returned for the third time around as grave robber (er, I meant, archaeologist explorer) Rick O’Connell in “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”? Well, that was four years ago, and in Hollywood accounting, four years is just enough time to go ahead and reboot the franchise cause dang, what, make another franchise out of scratch? Hell no. Do you know how hard that is?
Universal has officially hired “Darkest Hour” and “Prometheus” screenwriter Jon Spaihts to pen a reboot of the franchise for them. Says Spaihts about the gig:
I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with ‘Prometheus’: to go back to a franchise’s roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.
It’s ironic that in a previous “G.I. Joe” news story I took some shots at Stephen Sommers, the man who directed two of the three “Mummy” films, starting with the 1999 movie then continuing with its sequel, “The Mummy Returns” in 2001. I always felt that Sommers struck the perfect balance of comedy, action, and romance in the first two movies, something that he hasn’t really been able to replicate since.
The first two “Mummy” films starred Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and John Hannah, and grossed over $400 million worldwide. Part three, likewise, also took in $400 million, which, when you think about it, is a good sign there is still a fanbase for the film, so why would you reboot it when you can do another sequel?
In any case, Universal is rebooting “The Mummy”. It seems unlikely that Fraser would return, since the third film already lost original star Rachel Weisz, who was replaced with Maria Bello. Which is probably just as well. When they miraculously aged the O’Connell’s kid in the third movie (from a little brat to a 20-something brat), you could sort of see the writing on the wall.
Via : Variety