If auteur theory is in full effect, Len Wiseman is an enigma. It’s easy to spot his work because it’s all the same, but it’s difficult to spot his work because he’s so hollow and generic. So how else would he make a reboot of The Mummy?
According to Deadline Hollywood, Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall (2012)) will be bringing his signature style to the upcoming franchise do-over from Universal. No doubt it’ll be covered in a gun metal gray patina and star Kate Beckinsale.
The script comes from Jon Spaihts, whose made a name for himself with The Darkest Hour and work on Prometheus. The whole project is being overseen by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who must have some sort of time device that gives them twice the amount of normal hours in a day for the sheer amount of productions they’re taking on. Both have explained the concept of the Mummy would be brought into modern times, but it’s unclear whether that means that it’ll take place in the present or if the style will reflect an update even if it’s still set in the past. No word yet on how they’ll work in skintight latex into the costuming choices.