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At the moment, The Mummy reboot still seems to be firmly trapped in its sarcophagus. There has been little activity regarding the project since Universal first revealed a summer 2014 release date last year. We know (Total Recall) will be directing, and that Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is supposedly writing a script, however some the sounds of things he will not be the only one.

It looks like Universal has organized a Thunderdome situation in which two writers have been brought in to pen competing scripts. According to Vulture, Universal has also hired Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) to write another separate Mummy script which, like Spaihts', will "also set in contemporary society". Apparently, the studio believes this will double the chances of having a filmable script ready for a 2014 release.

Perhaps this is to be expected, according to one (rather cynical) Universal insider: "Studios don’t shoot movies anymore. They shoot release dates."

But what happens if neither writer emerges victoriously from the script-writing deathpit? Well, in that case the same insider suggests they will just cannibalize both screenplays into some kind of Franken-script. He explained:

My suspicion is that one of them will be a 'structure-and-body' man, and one's going to be a 'character-and-dialogue' man — and that they'll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers, because credit arbitration is usually a nightmare.

Smashing two scripts together doesn't particularly sound like the best creative concept to me. Are you happy for Universal to take this fairly unusual route if it means we get a Mummy movie sooner? Let us know below.


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