Universal’s classic movie monsters have always been an important part of their history, and a profitable part of their stable of trademarks. Normally they don’t let too many years go by without making a movie featuring a the wolfman, Frankenstein’s monster, or a mummy. So, it should probably come as no surprise that they’re currently looking for ways to further extend their Mummy franchise, the latest incarnation of which started with Stephen Sommers’s 1999 film that starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
Variety reports that they’re looking to do a reboot of the whole franchise, and in order to get things started, they’ve hired writer Jon Spaihts to come up with a script. Spaihts isn’t really a widely known name as of yet, but considering he’s got a co-writing credit on Ridley Scott’s upcoming project that’s set in the Alien universe, Prometheus, that’s probably going to change pretty quickly.
When asked about his approach to reinventing a property that’s been around for so many years, Spaihts said, “I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with Prometheus: to go back to a franchise’s roots in dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.” While we don’t yet know how his work on Prometheus turned out, generally everyone responds positively when creative types start throwing around words like “dark” and “epic,” so maybe this new Mummy will be something worth checking out.
While the films included in the previous take on the franchise made a ton of money with mainstream audiences, they weren’t exactly viewed as being exciting for most of the hardcore filmgoing set. Perhaps a new take on the material could create a happy medium between big spectacle and brooding introspection that will please film fans of all types. If The Dark Knight proved anything, it’s that there’s some big money to be made when you go epic, but still manage to keep things smart (or at least dark); and studios do so love their money.