With Len Wiseman’s remake of TOTAL RECALL arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 18th, he’s preparing for another one: THE MUMMY. One of our very favorite classic monsters, Universal is rebooting one of the all-time greats in the Mummy, and Len Wiseman has shined some light on the “epic” new interpretation, which will be completely different and separate from the Brendan Fraser movies.
After TOTAL RECALL’s negative reception, Wiseman was cautious to do another remake, but he doesn’t term THE MUMMY as a remake at all. His thoughts and reasoning: “There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if THE MUMMY is to be the next movie for me, is that THE MUMMY is a completely different film. It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. THE MUMMY is one of Universal’s long standing, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies… This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me…There is still a script to be written, and all of that….But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. Its nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking…“
What will it be like? “It’s horror. Its 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.“
The script comes from Jon Spaihts, who wrote PROMETHEUS.