Some days you get lots of things that you like — texts from friends you haven’t heard from in a while, fun packages in the mail, extra shots of espresso because the barista made too many by accident, good conversations with strangers, etc. And some days the only thing you get is endless news of a bunch of different reboots of movies that came out, like, two seconds ago. “That’s just life, it ain’t easy, it’s so tough, it ain’t easy.” – Vitamin C. So, “Whatcha gonna do, say whatcha gonna do?” – Vitamine C, same song? PICK WHO PLAYS THE MUMMY! From Deadline:
Universal Pictures is setting Len Wiseman to direct The Mummy, the reboot of a franchise whose most recent incarnation grossed $1.25 billion over three films. Jon Spaihts is writing the script and the studio is eyeing a potential summer 2014 release, so things are moving quickly, with Universal eager to ramp back up one of its most venerable franchises.
I spoke to both Kurtzman and Wiseman, and they said the script Spaihts is writing puts the gauze-covered villain into a modern-day context.
“When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well,” Wiseman told me. “It’s a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.”
Not only darker and scarier, but a very different The Mummy as well?! That leaves it open to all sorts of possibilites! Obviously my first choice is Seth MacFarlane. He did a surprisingly enjoyable job on Saturday Night Live two weeks ago, he is TOTALLY on fire right now after that mic blunder at the Emmys, and I hear he is dating someone from Game of Thrones. Seems like a clear enough choice. (Plus: The voices.) If Seth isn’t available though, maybe Tom Waits? Or, hell, how about a lady The Mummy? Zooey’s friend from The New Girl, maybe? Lots of good choices here. Should be a good, necessary reboot. Definitely can’t wait to see this one.