Alex Kurtzman Will Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal

By July 30, 2014
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We already knew that Transformers writer Alex Kurtzman – formerly known as one half of the infamous Kurtzman/Orci screenwriting duo, but they’ve since split up their writing partnership – was teaming with Fast & Furious writer/producer Chris Morgan to develop a cohesive, connected universe for the Universal monster movies that uses the Marvel films as a model of inspiration. But now THR reports that Kurtzman will be doing more than just developing these movies: he’s moving behind the camera to direct the first one out of the gate, a reboot of The Mummy.

Not many details are currently known about the new take on the film, but THR says it will take place in present day and will be more of an action adventure tentpole with horror elements instead of a straight horror film, it will feature new characters, and it won’t rehash previous incarnations. Again, this will be the first in a series that ties the classic monsters together, so don’t be surprised if you see an end-credits stinger that replaces Nick Fury with Dracula recruiting The Mummy to a monster squad of some kind.

The Mummy

Unlike his former writing partner Roberto Orci, who has never directed anything in his life but still somehow got the go-ahead to direct the sure-to-be-massively-budgeted sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness, Kurtzman actually has directed before. He helmed a small film called People Like Us a few years ago, and I actually liked the movie quite a bit. It won’t change your life, but it’s a solid little character drama with good performances from Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, and it’s worth checking out. The Mummy will obviously be a huge leap up in terms of scale and budget, but hey – guys like Gareth Edwards (Monsters to Godzilla), Josh Trank (Chronicle to The Fantastic Four) and Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed to Jurassic World) have done it, so we’ll see if Kurtzman can pull off the transition as well.

The Mummy already has a May 22nd, 2016 release date penciled in, so it’s a good bet Kurtzman will get started on this project next. It remains to be seen how this will affect Sony’s plans to expand the Spider-Man cinematic universe. Kurtzman was set to direct a Venom spin-off, but since the company pushed back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and changed their Spidey plans, the future of that franchise is still up in the air.

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