Recently it was announced that Universal was going to reboot their Classic Monsters, and also bring them together similarly to what Marvel did with their superheros in The Avengers.
The ambitious plan is being developed by writers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, but now it appears at least one of the two wants to get a little more hands-on. It’s being reported that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct the first of the rebooted monster flicks, The Mummy, himself.
Kurtzman was already attached to the Mummy reboot, which currently has an April 22, 2016 release date set, as a producer before this new unified monsters gameplan was revealed.
His previous credits include writing the Transformers movies, and writing and producing Star Trek, Alias, Cowboys & Aliens, Fringe, Star Trek Into Darkness, Sleepy Hollow, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many of which with his former partner Roberto Orci, who’s directing Star Trek 3.
Kurtzman’s only credits as a director are an episode of Alias and the 2012 feature People Like Us. He was also attached to direct Sony’s planned Venom movie.
This first movie is crucial if Universal wants to pull off an Avengers-style reboot of their monsters, as these movies all have to feel like they’re part of the same world. Equally crucial, of course, is figuring out how they’re going to bring them all together.
Unfortunately, the description of what the new Mummy is going to be will have fans of the classics more nervous than they already are. It’s said to take place in the present, and instead of being a horror, it will be more of an action-adventure movie with a little horror sprinkled in here and there. More like the last Mummy reboot with Brendan Fraser than the 1932 original that starred Boris Karloff. It will not, however, be a remake of previous entries, and will have new characters.
Kurtzman, Orci, and Jon Spaihts (who’s currently writing the Doctor Strange script for Marvel) have all worked on the screenplay.
[Source: Heat Vision]