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If you thought superhero sequels, ill-advised remakes, and movies based on a plethora of name brand properties were the only thing on the slate for the next few years, well you're not too far off. However, there are also reboots to consider. As of a few months ago, we know that one such reboot involves one of the core Universal monsters. I'm speaking of course of 'The Mummy' reboot. Len Wiseman ('Total Recall,' 'Underworld') would be helming the rebirth of the undead Egyptian creature with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Star Trek') producing. It was said they wanted to reach back to the roots of the character and craft a darker, scarier version of the mummy. Then yesterday, during an interview, Wiseman revealed a little bit more of what we should expect from his reboot.
"It doesn't have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind. 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."
So not only will it have nothing to do with the Brendan Fraser movies, but it will also take place in the modern world? Ok, that's interesting. I'm not surprised this won't have any ties to the Fraser incarnations. No matter your feelings on the Stephen Sommers 'Mummy' movies, the best thing Wiseman can do is distance himself from those flicks. If he wants audiences to take a scary mummy seriously, he can't afford to have them expecting a campy action adventure, which is precisely what they would expect if they saw Fraser on the screen. The reason the modern day angle intrigues me is that so much of what makes a mummy story work is its connection to a mythic, ancient past. The curses, the funeral rites, the mysticism of the Egyptian afterlife, these are the things most commonly associated with mummies and the exact things that can be explored and amplified to create something inherently horrific. My only hope is that the modern setting isn't dressed with the exact same blue-grey flourishes that characterized 'Underworld.' It needs to make a clean break from that as well.
What do you guys think? Where is your enthusiasm level for a modern-day Len Wiseman mummy reboot? Does it encourage you to know he's severing ties with the Brendan Fraser movies?