Like it or not, the reboot of The Mummy franchise is happening. The original trilogy was an entertaining romp that netted an impressive $1.25 billion for Universal once all was said and done, so it's no surprise the studio is looking ahead to rebooting what has been a proven cash cow for them.
But it looks like the project has hit a bit of a snag: The Wrap reports chosen director (Underworld franchise, Total Recall) has bounced from the film, citing scheduling issues (most likely with upcoming Sleepy Hollow, for which he's pulling both producing and directorial duties).
His vision for the film, based on a script by (whose name I always misspell as "Spaiths", each and every time), was supposedly going to veer from the course set by the original trilogy and become something much darker:
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.
All of that is great and everything, but part of why the first trilogy worked so well was because of the campy action and the slapstick humor of the films. They worked for the same reason the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise worked: An over-the-top, iconic character that combined zany comedy with swashbuckling action. Not letting Rick O'Connell be Rick O'Connell would be kind of...meh. But maybe it's just that I'm getting burned out on every film franchise having to be so serious and laden with intensity that I can appreciate the franchises like The Mummy and Pirates that can still make a life-or-death situation feel like a good time rather than a death march.
In any case, the hunt for a new director is on, and with the reboot scheduled to hit theaters next year, expect to hear an announcement regarding the new choice sooner rather than later. Stay tuned to Moviepilot, and we'll keep you updated.
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