'The Mummy' Gets Reboot from 'Prometheus' Writer Jon Spaihts

Universal Pictures is set to put a new spin on this monster franchise, returning to its original horror roots.

The Mummy being rebooted by Universal Pictures
The Mummy being rebooted by Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures is looking to reboot The Mummy franchise once again, with Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts penning the first draft of the script.

The Mummy was rebooted in 1999, with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz starring in a more family-friendly version of the 1932 genre classic. It spawned the sequels The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, all of which took in over $400 million worldwide. Here's what Jon Spaihts had to say about bringing The Mummy back to its original horror roots.

"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."

Sean Daniel, who produced all three The Mummy movies, will return as a producer. No production schedule was given.

The Mummy was released May 7th, 1999 and stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O'Connor, Oded Fehr, Jonathan Hyde, Erick Avari. The film is directed by Stephen Sommers.



Sources: Variety

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  1. Sean

    @bellandedward1 No, the movie that the article above is talking about is going to be a reboot, it is not going to be a sequel.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. Bellandedward1

    As Long as Brendan Fraser is in the new one please would like to see more adventures with rick and his family beside at the end of the 3rd one didint they say that johnation found mummys in peru so why not start it form there

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  3. Writer220

    The lack of Arnold, the film could have been longer if Imhotep was in it. When you think about it the films are too short. I would prefer 2 and a half hours each.

    I guess I just like long films

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  4. Writer220

    I was a kid when I saw the Mummy (1930's) it scared me back then but not enough to stop watching horror films.
    When Stephen first brought out his version, I wasn't scared but noticed that he had put in both horror and adventure which worked out.
    The third film in his franchise is questionable my main beef was about Evy. It would have been better if they introduced the new lady as her step sister or a close friend.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  5. Jay.A.Ottley

    @themoviefanatic No problem dude :)

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  6. Sean

    @jayaottley Oh, i see. Thank you for pointing that out!

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. Jay.A.Ottley

    @themoviefanatic I think he is referring to both, dude.

    His stating that even the Stephen Sommers one in 1999, had horror elements to it and that he enjoyed it.

    As well that the original one which was in 1932, was either scary the first time he saw it, or scary back then when it was made.

    Really should read comments, more thoroughly :)

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  8. Sean

    @writer220 Do you mean the one from way back in the 1930's or are you talking about the one from 1999, that you're saying was scary as hell back then?

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  9. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman Haha would have been quite funny though... Imagine Keaton's Batman chasing Ledger's Joker and all of a sudden he gets stitches, cramps and back pain :p

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  10. Writer220

    @sean I don't know why either I'm only speculating

    As for rebooting this franchise, I simply don't care if they do. The Stephen Summers films had horror in them and I still enjoy them.
    I've seen the original and it was scary as hell back then.

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  11. Sean

    @writer220 I doubt that line has anything to do with him returning or not.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  12. Sean

    @ghostman Oh, i see what you mean, so then it won't just be a different story/plot, but also different actors and actresses as well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Writer220

    @sean I was only joking around.

    I was watching the first two just last week and one of the lines was,
    apparently he had a good time. All I did was switch it around, though I wouldn't be surprised if Brandon was thinking of not returning of which he stated in another article.

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  14. Ghostman

    @themoviefanatic "I thought that sometimes reboots would involve the same actors from before, with a different take on the story/plot."

    This isn't like the fourth Pirates movie, not all reboots will have returning actors because it is a REBOOT. We like to call you that since you sometimes state the obvious with your comments.

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  15. Joker926

    I approve of this new development.

    3 years agoby @joker926Flag

  16. Sean

    @ghostman .....And its themoviefanatic, not Capt. Obvious :P

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  17. Sean

    @ghostman Well, i didn't realize before that movie reboots usually involve new actors, or at least i just didn't think of that before. I thought that sometimes reboots would involve the same actors from before, with a different take on the story/plot.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  18. Ghostman

    @jayaottley If Michael Keaton had starred in Batman Begins or TDK it would be terrible.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Ghostman

    @themoviefanatic For being Capt. Obvious, you obviously didn't know that when it comes to a reboot they start over from scratch which also includes new actors too you know.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. Sean

    @jayaottley Good point.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. Jay.A.Ottley

    @themoviefanatic In as simple as it can get...An Atrocity

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  22. Sean

    @jayaottley What do you think they would have been like if they were all done by Michael Keaton?

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  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    @themoviefanatic Thought you would have known that... Could you imagine what Batman Begins would have been like if they were all done by Michael Keaton :)

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  24. Sean

    @jayaottley That's interesting.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  25. Jay.A.Ottley

    @kguy And yeah i reckon you should could work as an anmation :)

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  26. Jay.A.Ottley

    @thedude1 Same here, especially if they are taking it back to its roots and drifting away from the popular Brendan franchise and hopefully going in the direction of the original Universal Monster classic :)

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  27. Jay.A.Ottley

    @themoviefanatic Well usually when a franchise is rebooted, as much of a tragedy as it... the stars are rebooted as well unless the are casted for roles in the reboot

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  28. Sean

    @writer220 Where did you find that out from?

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  29. TheDude1

    I'll give it a chance.

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  30. Kashmanthillet

    B4 this came, didn't the wroted the fourth script to the next Mummy movie' which the next location is Peru.

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