Reinventing The Mummy
Universal has a great heritage of movie monsters. In fact, the studio’s foundation was built on the classic monsters of yesteryear like the Bela Lugosi Dracula, and the Boris Karloff Frankenstein.
In addition to the big, green hulking monster he’ll always be remembered for, Karloff also had a big hit in 1932 playing The Mummy.
The original home of the classic monsters has been trying to reinvent a number of their monsters, and the Mummy’s probably a pretty logical choice because it had relatively recent success, where Universal’s reinvention of The Wolf-Man was a notoriously troubled production that didn’t come together.
There have also been several attempts to revive Frankenstein, including one from Guillermo Del Toro, as well as one from Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, but none of them have gotten the green light yet.
But his Mummy is "to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard before. Its nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept setting. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking…It’s more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today.”
There currently isn’t a script, but if all goes according to plan, the new model Mummy could be ready for release in the summer of 2014.