Sep 25, 2012 10:13 AM EST

Total Recall Director, Len Wiseman, In Final Talks To Take Over Mummy Reboot

Total Recall Director, Len Wiseman, In Final Talks To Take Over Mummy Reboot
Len Wiseman has been set by Universal Pictures to direct "The Mummy", a reboot of the franchise which most recently spawned a trilogy earning around $1.25 billion.  

The film will be written by Jon Spaihts and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products, alongside Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks. Daniel and Jacks produced the trilogy starring Brandon Fraser and Rachel Weisz.

Wiseman said, When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It's a darker twist on the material, a scarier version."

"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," Kurtzman said. "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."

The film is slated for a Summer 2014 release.

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