‘Mummy’ Reboot Director Leaving Over Creative Differences

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While it seems every studio is interested in establishing their own shared universe of superhero films after the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal is taking a slightly different route. They too are very much interested in the world building and crossover possibilities that come with films existing in a shared universe; they’re just doing it with monsters, not superheroes.

The classic monster movies – Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, etc. – are what initially put Universal on the map and the studio is now sifting through those old properties to create a new franchise. Taking charge of this undertaking are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek). Though they’ve officially split when it comes to future projects, the two are still involved with starting Universal’s new slate of updated horror films, the first of which is Dracula Untold, a new origin for the vampire starring Luke Evans. Following that are new versions of The Mummy and Van Helsing, both of which Kurtzman and Orci are producing.

Unfortunately, things aren’t going as well as one would hope for at least one of those films. The Wrap is reporting that director Andy Muschetti has left The Mummy reboot, citing creative differences over the film’s direction.

Of these new spins on classic horror films, The Mummy is arguably the most important since Universal has already had a very successful reimagining with Stephen Sommers’ 1999 reboot and will need to impress audiences fond of that series of films.

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Muschetti was brought on to The Mummy reboot when its original director, Len Wiseman (Underworld), left the project. It was a scheduling conflict that forced Wiseman to drop out, but the development that Muschetti has left the film over “creative differences” doesn’t bode well.

Based on a script by Jon Spaihts, this take on The Mummy was expected to be much darker, with more horror elements and less action-adventure. The hiring of Muchetti – best known for his sleeper-hit horror film, Mama – seemed to indicate that this was still the intention, but his departure now brings that into question. And indeed, The Wrap is hinting that Universal is now interested in making The Mummy into a family-friendly, action-adventure-type film.

Considering how much that sounds like the The Mummy trilogy starring Brendon Fraser, it seems unlikely that this film would fit within a universe of scarier, darker horror movies. If that shared universe truly is Universal’s intention, then the other films might also need to be Pg-13 adventures starring heroes against the monsters. Van Helsing would certainly fit that profile, and perhaps even one day the character could assemble a team of monster hunters in their own crossover event film.

But yet another-adventure movie about The Mummy will need to do much to distinguish itself from what’s already a fairly well-received trio of movies (the first two of which were quite successful).

What do you make of Muschetti leaving The Mummy reboot and of the film possibly taking the safer, family-friendly adventure route? What does this mean for Universal’s plans of a shared universe between their monster movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


The Mummy reboot is currently in development. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news as it develops.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Sad to say, but R-rated flicks aren’t selling as many tix as they used to. I doubt they could bring such classic monsters to life with cheap cgi, so if they go over 100 million on production alone, PG-13 is an ideal rating. I’m fine with that – No need for gore, sexual content or foul language. Just make it good!

    • Speaking of, I wonder what happened to that PG-13 Hellraiser. The last update I heard was a year ago.

  2. Didn’t they do that with the 1999 film.

  3. I would rather go with the “more horror, less action-adventure’ route, kind of like the old Universal movies I used to watch on Creature Features when i was a teenager growing up. It was all about suspense, foreboding, drama, atmosphere….this is what they need if they are going to make it a shared universe with possible monster cross-overs, not funny, family-friendly, action-adventure, etc. They will shoot themselves in the foot if they try to create something other than the old creepy gothic, creaky spook-laden castle, mist-enshrouded graveyard feel. I really would like to see this idea come to a successful fruitation, but it sounds like they are already possibly taking a wrong turn if they are going to modernize this. If they want to see what they should be trying to recreate, they need to go watch the oldie-moldy classics, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, etc., to realize a dream without turning it into the wrong kind of nightmare.
    A word on the Wolfman remake they did a few years back. I thought the actor playing Larry Talbot was perhaps the wrong guy, and a couple scenes I would have written differently, but overall it was a good honest attempt to remake something a bit different, but still keeping at least some of the same original flavor. It was good enough that I bought the DVD, which I won’t do unless I think a film has some merit.

    • I agree with you 100% Goldilocks, the Wolfman reboot proved that there is a Market for the old monster movies to be re done.

      • Thanks, Finells. I am glad to see there are at least a few of us who still respect the old classic horror movies. They are called “classic” for a reason.

    • Completely agree.

      I dislike it when people claim that movies for adults don’t sell many tickets and use that as a reason for going PG-13 because it’s bogus and ignorant to the many, many people aged at least 18 years old who constantly demand movies for them that they can enjoy without having to sit in a room full of children.

      In that case, studios need to stop relying on box office sales as the basis for their profit margins and possible sequels and wait until the Blu Ray/DVD release.

      It really annoys me when you get a great R-rated (or 18 rated here in the UK) film and a studio says “well, lets make the sequel available for everyone to watch”, thus dumbing down or removing the things that made the original so endearing.

      Look what happened to the brilliant Robocop movie, itself 18 rated and then ruined by a sequel that was rated 15 and a third movie that was rated 12, going further down the age range to allow more children to watch and sacrificing the story as a result.

      • Thanks, Dazz. I know you have watched a few movies in your time, and would have an appreciation for a well-done spooker, and if they go with the classic atmospheric horror movies in a shared universe, I have a hunch you will be there with those of us like myself and Finells who “remember when”!

  4. Oh please go with the darker and edgier route. We already have the family friendly series, which I enjoyed very much but we honestly don’t need another one of those.

  5. I’m starting to get tired of the “shared universe” thing being applied to more movie properties. While team-ups are gratifying, there’s a reason why Marvel and DC can do it: because they all come a COMIC BOOK realm of shared universes. They’re going to exhaust this ingenious idea before it even really takes hold. Universal does not need a shared universe. They just need good movies, or good franchises.

  6. Oh please not another reebot. Movie goers could still remember how the Mummy ended and aint good. Why not make a different movie with different title but in the same genre. Fighting over creative difference well guess what there’s nothing creative in a reboot movie.

  7. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. A reboot of this has nothing to offer me, another sequel I would consider watching.

  8. Sad news. A reboot of the classic horror characters in a shared universe with a scarier – R rated feel sounds like an awesome idea.

  9. No need to reboot it. Why must everything good and original get a horrible and unoriginal reboot!?!?!!?!?? With a reboot, they might change the Mummy ride at Universal :(

  10. Is it so hard to sell old myths? There are other pretty interesting myths and tales they could adapt until they find the right way to reboot The Mummy.
    I mean, they could even start with one of the versions of the werewolf, there’s a story of a man that went to a bar and that same night was attacked by a werewolf, during the fight he managed to sever one of the beast’s legs. A few nights after that, a man he had seen that night gets in the bar, this time missing one of his legs. It wasn’t the man who turned into a werewolf, but the werewolf that was able to disguise as a man.

    By the way, I think the name es Brendan Fraser, not Brendon

    • Apparently, yes, it is hard to sell old myths. Did you catch the remake of “Clash of the Titans” a few years ago? That movie was a huge “wtf…?” moment. Militant atheists? Powerless almighty gods? (Ha! there’s an oxymoron if ever there was one.) Let’s not mention the glaringly misplaced Kraken, which is from NORSE mythology. And yes, I do realize that the original 1981 version also had a Kraken. It was misplaced then as well.

  11. Very very sad news… I really hope some day classic monsters will be scary again… and also i think shared universe is not a good idea in this case…

  12. I for one think a shared universe is great idea, if done right. If they want to reach a larger audience, the PG13 route would be the way to go, so long as they keep the spirit of the originals, dark and creepy. I’m disappointed that muschetti dropped out, Hopefully they’ll find a new director soon.