Universal are looking to give new life to their Mummy franchise and have hired Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts to scribe it. In the official announcement he had this to say about the forthcoming project;
“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,”.
There’s no shame in admitting that Stephen Sommers first Mummy outing was a daft bit of fluff, enjoyable and a throw back to the serial adventures of 50s and 60s. That said the thrown together sequel was home to some of the worst CGI ever committed to film, and of course this delayed reaction scene which nearly makes up for the entire movie.
The recent third installment was absent of the key elements that made this series (or the first film) a guilty pleasure. Stephen Sommers is not a great director, but his slap bang mini Michael Bay approach to filmmaking is spot on for The Mummy films. His earlier monster movie Deep Rising might be his best overall film as a director, but it had a fraction of the budget of the Mummy movies.
The Mummy spawned a spin-off with the Scorpion King, which is somewhat confusing as he is now very much the hero and has also learned English despite not speaking a word of it in The Mummy Returns.
The Scorpion King 3 was a bargain basement low in the franchise, so if a writer of Jon Spaihts’s standard is giving the series a reboot then maybe it’s a good thing.
No details have been given yet but it’s unlikely to feature Brendan Fraser’s character Rick O’Connell. What’s the odds this will be in 3D?
Should The Mummy be brought back to the big screen?