Universal has been making money off of its monster franchises for about as long as movies have existed, so there was never any question as to whether or not we’d eventually get another reboot of The Mummy. There was definitely a huge question surrounding what another crack at The Mummy would look like though. Would it be a moody, fairly contained film like the Boris Karloff-starring original from 1932? Or a big budget adventure tale like those Brendan Fraser-starring films from the late 90s and early 2000s?
Well, when it was announced that Total Recall reboot and Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman was going to be in charge of the project around a year ago, it seemed inevitable that it was going to be much more a case of the latter, and people were not happy. Who the heck wants to see a glossy, generic movie about an ancient, withered creature, after all? But, thankfully for everyone, Wiseman’s stay with The Mummy franchise was short-lived, and now it’s looking like a director who could give us something much closer to the former is being recruited to come on board and save the day.
According to a report from Heat Vision, Mama director Andrés Muschietti is currently negotiating with the studio to take over the film. This is great news, because monster movies are at their best when they’re full of atmosphere and are focused on giving the audience a great big case of the willies, and if there’s anything Muschietti proved with Mama, it’s that he’s real good at setting an unsettling mood.
Probably we can’t expect The Mummy to go all the way back to its horror movie roots though. Those adventure films Stephen Sommers made were pretty successful, and word has always been that the Jon Spaihts-penned script they’re building this reboot around sets the story in the modern age and will be an “action-adventure tentpole with horror elements.” One has to think that with a director like Muschietti on board those “horror elements” will be much more prominent and much more effective than they would have been with a CG-loving action director like Wiseman at the helm though (unless you find Underworld scary, then apologies). And who doesn’t appreciate it when adventure and horror get mixed together anyway? That’s a combination a whole generation fell in love with once those Nazis’ faces got melted off in Raiders.
Suddenly watching another Mummy movie doesn’t seem like it’s going to be such a bad time at all. Thanks, Universal.