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The Mummy

  Tags: Alex Kurtzman, Andy Muschetti, Jon Spaihts, Len Wiseman, Mummies, mummy, reboot, Roberto Orci, Sean Daniel Company, SUPERNATURAL, the mummy, Universal Pictures

No official plot yet.


June 24, 2016
In Development
Universal Pictures
Sean Daniel Company
K/O Paper Products
Alex Kurtzman
Jon Spaihts (current draft)
Billy Ray

  • Originally had an April 22nd 2016 theatrical release set.
  • Currently the project is “set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.” (7/31/14)
  • Apparently director Andy Muschetti (Mama) has left the project due to "creative differences."
  • Jon Spaihts wrote the current draft of the script, which reimagined The Mummy franchise in modern day with new characters not seen in previous iterations and a protagonist imbued with a human personality.
  • Apparently the project has changed direction as Universal is aiming for a more family-friendly action-adventure blockbuster.
  • When Len Wiseman was previously attached to direct The Mummy, he indicated that producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were envisioning a "darker, scarier take on the Mummy mythology that would still appeal to all audiences."
  • Len Wiseman (Underworld series, Total Recall remake) was originally going to direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Billy Ray (Flightplan, Breach, The Hunger Games) has been hired to write a completely different script, so the project has two scriptwriters at the moment. The studio believes that one of the scripts will be a good enough to move forward with, if not, possibly combining both will. (2/14/13)
  • Apparently the Mummy in this film will be quite different than what we're used to, which is one of the reasons director Len Wiseman joined the project, saying: "One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person."
  • Co-writer Alex Kurtzman was quoted saying: "We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four-quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science."
  • It's said to be a "darker twist on the material, a scarier version."
  • Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of K/O Paper Products (Cowboys & Aliens) will help produce and develop the project.
  • Jon Spaihts was quoted saying: "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."
  • Writer Jon Spaihts also scripted The Darkest Hour and Prometheus.
  • The franchise received a reboot in '99 with Stephen Sommers big-budgeted take on The Mummy. Sommers would return for the sequel a couple years later. A third entry was made in 2008 with Rob Cohen at the helm. This entry will not be related to Sommers or Cohen's version.
  • This is intended to be a "reboot" of Universal's The Mummy franchise.


A UHM staff member has not reviewed this film.