Len Wiseman Describes ‘The Mummy’ Reboot as ‘Epic’ Modern-Day Horror Film

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mummy reboot len wiseman Len Wiseman Describes The Mummy Reboot as Epic Modern Day Horror Film

Writer-producer duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) are currently backing a pair of supernatural horror reboots, The Mummy and Van Helsing. The latter franchise originated as a Stephen Sommers film – based, of course, on the famous Dracula vampire hunter – but the former existed long before Sommers put his own spin on the story, with a 1999 blockbuster starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

Director Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) recently spilled some new details about the Mummy reboot, revealing the setting and tone for the pitch from Jon Spaihts (who penned the initial Prometheus script draft titled Alien: Engineers).

Here’s what Wiseman told Movieweb about remaking The Mummy (again):

“There was skepticism. The difference between [‘Mummy’ and ‘Total Recall’], 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.”

Fraser’s Mummy trilogy (for better or worse) trades in the genuine horror aspect of previous incarnations – including, those starring classic horror icons Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee – and mixes CGI-heavy spectacle with a serial-adventure tone that falls further on the campy side than the Indiana Jones franchise. Of course, when the average modern moviegoer hears ‘Mummy reboot,’ they probably think of Fraser’s films being remade (rather than its more-cherished predecessors).

Wiseman commented on that as follows:

“The Mummy is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me…There is still a script to be written, and all of that….But 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…”

karloff vosloo Len Wiseman Describes The Mummy Reboot as Epic Modern Day Horror Film

Boris Karloff & Arnold Vosloo as ‘The Mummy’

The director went on to reiterate that his Mummy will indeed be set in the 21st century:

“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.”

“Epic,” of course, is a term like “grittier” or “more grounded”; that is, it’s become a cliché used for hyping blockbusters, especially remakes and reboots. Judging by Wiseman’s previous work, his Mummy reboot could indeed earn the “epic” label in the area of great set pieces and action (which Total Recall delivered). But will it offer either the goofy fun of Fraser’s films or dread of earlier Mummy installments – or is this particular remake doomed from the get-go?

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section.

Meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted on The Mummy reboot as the story develops.

Source: Movieweb

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  1. whyyyy??!!!!??!?! ughhh! :deep breath:
    If I could choose one word to never hear again in my entire life it would be “reboot”. No one wants to reboot their computer and no one wants to see the same story told again and again. The mummy 1 and 2 (ill pretend the 3rd didnt happen) were great and even if they werent why does hollywood insist on retelling the same stories. Is original content such a risk that it cant be tried?

    • The mummy is a supernatural creature on the lines of vampires, werewolves, and zombies. This story will be more on lines of the original stories from before, not the ones done with brendan Frasier ( I love those films). Where those were centered on acton, this one will be centered around horror. It could work. It ‘s been a while since the mummy creature went in that direction.







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    • @Josh. In case you missed it while you were reading this article let me just post a quote from what the director said in his interview.”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”. What that means is that just because a story is coming from the same franchise doesn’t always mean that it’s the same story as you had put it in your comment section. Different interpretations on a long historical franchise means different stories.

        • wow typos.. typos everywhere. sorry about that. I’m in class and writing fast haha

          • I agree with your point to a certain degree, but you’re also looking at it from one side of the spectrum based on what “You” want to see. You have to take it into account & see it from the movie studios perspective as well. At the end of the day this is a business & the studios are only in this business to make money for themselves even if it means making Spider-Man part whatever. Whatever makes money is what truly counts because if these places shut down due to financial issues then we all can say goodbye to our movie entertainment.

            • Oh absolutely, it is first and foremost a business that needs millions rolling in to continue functioning. However, I feel that the current state of mind held by the studios is one that is harmful to the creative side that drives the creation of films. If someone aspires to be a script writer for example, he/she cannot afford to have original scripts constantly denied or shelved in favor of recreating of old titles. Risk isn’t a guarantee of failure, while this might sound like common sense, it seems that studios believe it. An example of the opposite being pixar (though theyre starting to go down the forever sequel path) they create original stories that have consistently out performed their predecessors. So I don’t think general audiences are as unforgiving as studios would believe. Take more risks and everyone wins.

              • Be careful what you wish for Josh. “Original” ideas can sometimes come back to bite you in the entertaining butt. I’m pretty sure most people don’t appreciate their television screens being over crowded with original garbage every single week. Original garbage a.k.a. “reality shows”. I don’t want Hollywood turning our movies into a version of that.

                  • Same here, Thanks.

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  2. Yawwwwwwwwwn!!

    Let’s reboot a movie that has already been remade a thousand times before in every decade since the original came out!

    Let’s face it, there is nothing scarier and more thrilling than watching something you have already seen before portrayed in a similar way with newish actors speaking regurgitated dialogue from dozens of horror movies playing out the same clichés and using the same jumps and shocks!

    Bore off Hollywood!

  3. I Love the first two brenden frasier films. They had horror, adventure, action and comedy. THen the third came out. gone was the horror, and in came even more camp. I would like to see a reboot more like the first two.

    maybe make it have even more horror, maybe less action, but still a little humor. But yeah, dont know what was happening in the third.

    • The Dark Mummy Begins and then Rises from Insomnia

      • the monster we deserve, not the one we need

        • the epic beginning to the ultimate gritty reboot that will conclude with an epic conclusion to the dark legend grounded in realism and wrapped in bandages!

          • wanna know how I got these bandages?

          • “so we’ll hunt him”

            Imotep stumbles through the cavernous caves as demon dogs chase him.

            “Because he can take it…”

            His bandages billow in the wind as he climbs on his mummy horse.

            “Because he’s not our hero…”

            Imotep zooms off just as the demon dogs get to him.

            “He’s a silent magician, a watchful necromancer”

            Imotep weaves through egyptian traffic as he rides into dawn

            “A DARK MUMMY”

            • Now that I would pay to see!! Quality haha

    • Not if they want it to be any good.

  4. Meh!!! …who`s next ?

  5. reboot of PeeWees great adventure…
    like before only gritty…

    • They already did that. It was called,”Pee Wee Gets Arrested For Masturbating In A XXX Theater” part 1, Rated X for extreme usage of one’s private parts.

      • Nah it was actually called “xXx” they just changed the name to zander or something weird and gave Pee Wee the criminal/thrill seeker background that was always somewhat lacking…

        • HAHAHA!!! Did it sell well on blu ray?

  6. “Epic,” of course, is a term like “grittier” or “more grounded”; that is, it’s become a cliché used for hyping blockbusters.

    I was actually going to say that in the comments. Glad you beat me to it :)

  7. How much you want to bet his wife will be cast in it?

  8. time to SERIOUSLY reconsider “epic” as a pop-media staple.

  9. Sounds interesting. I’d be up for a horror epic :)

  10. This sounds good, the mummy is the hardest of all u-monsters especially nowadays to make scary.

  11. I like how you trick us into thinking they are remaking the Brendan Fraser movies with the article title and picture and then proceed to tell us it’s not going to be like that at all.

  12. Before we do anything, we need to consult with Nolan!!! I want the Mummy grounded in reality, darker, realistic, you know like Batman!!!

  13. He sounds very excited so that counts for something hope this is good

  14. “Epic” and “Mummy” just don’t go together.

    That’s sort of like “Romance” and “Ebola”.

    “Epic” means huge cast, massive sets, tons of extras, many main characters, a story that covers immense terrain… in other words LotR.

    “The Mummy”, no matter how you spin it, and particularly if you want to make it a horror film, simply does not fit into the criteria for “epic”.

    Horror is never “epic”. Horror has to speak to you intimately. Epic has to scream at you with a thousand-piece choir and Wagnerian orchestra.

    Wiseman’s “The Mummy” will either be “horror”… or it will be “epic”. I am incredibly doubtful that it will be both.

  15. Ooogh ? The Mummy, faktisk rigtig spændende har aldrig set den første og dens efterfølgere, hellere ikke den fra 1998 med Christopher Lee eller den med Brendan Fraiser, men har set den med The Rock Dwayne Johnson The Scorpion King den var da ikke et mesterværk men var hellere ikke utroligt dårlig, den var da OK så ja okay bare kom med mere Mummy, før de går af mode efter 3000 år 😉

    • Ahh så der er mumie fans i Danmark. 😉 Det, der altid irriteret mig om de oprindelige Universal film dog er de startede ud så langsomt. Af den tid de fik arround at vise de uhyggelige dele jeg ville være i søvn. Det er, hvad var så stor om Brendan Frasier-film, de greb dig fra starten og holdt din opmærksomhed. Nu, hvis de kan ændre, at omkring en ny tage på Mummy franchisen så kunne det være værd at se. I det mindste gøre en interessant historie fører op til rædsel. Det gør mig spekulerer på, hvis det er muligt at skrive en interessant script, der forvandler sig til en kedelig film?

      • Ja der er også Mummy fans i Danmark, selvom der kun er en befolkning på 5 millioner 😉 ( Dansk humor, tag det ikke så tungt ;-)). Den er jo også fra 1932, det måtte jo være dødsens uhyggeligt på det tidspunkt :), men har læst at den kun tager 73 minutter, så den vil jo være hurtigt overstået efter en times tid :). det kan sagtens være en interessant script men en kedelig film, jeg tror at det vil fungere hvis der mindre humor end som det var i Brendan Fraiser filmene, og mere skræk. Men synes bare det for tidligt til en reboot, var det ikke tidligere i år der kom en Scorpion King 3 film, så 2 år senere kommer der en ny franchise ;-/.

      • You have to remember that the original films were written for a much less sophisticated audience. I was around twelve the first time I saw the 1959 Mummy, and it scared the bejesus out of me. Now days, I can watch it without fear and appreciate it for what it was… the same for the other Universal monsters….

        Du skal huske, at de originale film blev skrevet til en langt mindre sofistikeret publikum. Jeg var omkring tolv den første gang jeg så fra 1959 Mummy, og det skræmte bejesus ud af mig. Nu dage, kan jeg se det uden frygt og værdsætte det for hvad det var … den samme for de øvrige Univeral monstre ….

        • Ja sandt, man skal værdsætte dem selvom de er gået ud af mode ligesom Dracula eller Frankenstein eller alle de andre Horror movies with Peter Cushing ;-p. Er der ikke noget om de første Mummys fra 30´erne og 40´erne er også meget “amerikaniseret” ?, mens de nye er meget mindre “amerikaniseret” ?.

  16. I love mummy movies. To me, the penultimate mummy movie was the 1959 version with Christopher Lee. I loved the first two Brendan Frazier remakes, but for me, the Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was only worth watching because I am a HUGE Jet Li fan, particularly when he’s playing a bad guy (as in this and Lethal Weapon 4). As good an actress as Maria Bello is, she just wasn’t Evie. Don’t know why they didn’t wait for Rachel to be freed up from whatever she was doing at the time.

    At any rate, I will be looking forward to the newest take on the story, which is a good one, no matter what the plot, the cast, and all other considerations. Mummy movies rule!

    • so, which was in your opinion the ultimate Mummy movie?

      • Definitely the ’59 version. But of the Frazier remakes, The Mummy Returns. How about you?

        • just saying that if the ’59 version was your fave, it wasn’t the “penultimate” version (it means “next to last”… so if the ’59 version is your “penultimate” it is in effect your 2nd choice).

          As for me, I’m just not that much of a Mummy fanatic. I enjoyed the Brendan Frasier films, I think I liked the 2nd one more than the first… but that could be because I liked the soundtrack of the 2nd film better.
          I didn’t dislike the 3rd film. I didn’t think it was anything special, but it was entertaining.

          • Live and learn, Mike… I always thought than penultimate meant the very best of something, so you gave me the definite of a word I was mistaken in the meaning of… thanks!

            Taking that into consideration, my penultimate Mummy movie would have to be ‘The Mummy Returns’. I loved the Karloff version as well, not to mention the slew of B mummy movies. Guess I’m just indiscriminate… LOL!

            • that’s OK Penney, I was trying to find a teasing way to correct you :-)

              As for films, I have never really been a fan of the really old horror films, like the old Dracula, Frankenstein and Mummy films… but then I don’t really care for the modern “horror” films that are often nothing more than an excuse to toss buckets of gore at the screen.

              I think I liked the little blend of humour and horror in the Brendan Frasier Mummy films… admittedly, not MUCH horror in them, but still. Sort of Indiana Jones slash horror.

  17. Sounds like a bad idea

  18. I’m sick of endless horror remakes… (not that I’m a big horror fan to begin with).

    Sequels of adventure stories and characters can be good, but that serial adventure doesn’t lend itself to boring repeats of death and gore ‘shockers’ like Saw __ ( <—insert number here.)

    Even the 1st 'Paranormal Activity' is nothing more than a 'found footage' ripoff of the Blair Witch Project, where it all started (although not the first, it was definitely broke the barrier so to speak.)

    Give me something new. The original Exorcist was shocking. Alien was shocking. Silence of the Lambs was shocking.
    Jeez' Hollywood! Crack open a new book once and awhile and find something that shocks you, then make it into a movie! We don't need any Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes, or The Hills have Eyes 10, or Abby-normal Activity 12, or…The Mummy remake of a reboot of a remake.

    • Sorry for the ‘it was definitely’ typo there!

  19. the 1998 mumyy was the BESTT hands down