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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures is currently in final negotiations with Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy reboot, which he is already producing with Chris Morgan.

This will be the first entry into Universal's upcoming cohesive cinematic universe focusing on their classic movie monsters. Earlier this month, we reported that this would be done under the watchful eyes of both Kurtzman and Morgan.

Set for release on April 22nd 2016, The Mummy "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.”

Co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum had the following to say of Kurtzman: “Over the course of developing ‘The Mummy,’ Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology. He knows why ‘The Mummy’ has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”

Currently, Kurtzman is attached to direct the upcoming Venom spin-off film for Sony.

(Source: THR)

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