'The Mummy' Will Be Reborn … and Rebooted

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One of Universal's classic monsters is getting a new set of bandages.

The studio is officially ending the adventures of the O'Connell family as it looks toward a fresh start for the decaying horror icon that is "The Mummy," according to Variety.

"The Mummy" has proven to be one of Universal's most lucrative franchises. Director Stephen Sommers turned the long-dormant property into an old-school action adventure series, with the original "Mummy" (1999) earning $415 million worldwide. "The Mummy Returns" (2001), which featured Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz reprising their roles as Rick and Evelyn O'Connell, earned even more with $433 million.

After The Rock kicked up some sand in the underperforming 2002 spinoff, "The Scorpion King" (which earned a mere $165 million globally), Fraser (sans Weisz) fought the immortal villain a third time in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008), which, with a worldwide take of $401 million, proved there was still life in what many thought was a dead (and buried) series.

Sean Daniel, who produced all of the previous "Mummy" movies, will return to oversee the reboot, which which will be written by "Prometheus" scribe Jon Spaihts.

"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," Spaihts said.

Hmm … "dark" and "scary," eh? Does this mean the new "Mummy" might go back to being a horror movie rather than a swashbuckling Indiana Jones-style extravaganza?

Stay tuned for further details as this "Mummy" is brought back to life.