Bad news, remake-haters of the world: Len Wiseman’s planned reboot of “The Mummy” is still happening. Even worse, it’s not going to have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser film series, though it will still keep its name.
“It’s horror. It’s 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,” Wiseman told Movieweb in a recent interview.
Honestly, that sounds like a terrible idea. “The Mummy” worked because it was a horror-ish movie along the lines of “Indiana Jones,” not because it was a scary film. It was the flick’s charming leading man and interesting mythology that made it worth watching, not the fact that it featured a reanimated mummy as its villain. Wiseman continued to talk about how this remake is going to be an entirely different movie from the original series.
“The difference between the two, 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,” he said. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind.”
He continued, “’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. It’s 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.”
Intriguing, but still off-putting. At this point, it doesn’t seem appropriate to call this film “The Mummy” at all. If it’s going to be something entirely new, don’t try to tie it to a previous series just to garner interest. Make it it’s own film featuring a mummy and call it a day, please.
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