Universal Pictures’ reboot of The Mummy has allegedly found a director. According to Deadline, Len Wiseman will work from Jon Spaihts’ (Prometheus) script with the studio eyeing a 2014 release date.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are attached to produce, along with a rebooted Van Helsing; the latter will star Tom Cruise in the title role.
Universal originally released The Mummy in 1932 and followed it with four sequels between then and 1944, including The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost and The Mummy’s Curse. In 1955, the studio spoofed the property with Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy and then the franchise remained dormant until a big screen reboot in 1999.
The studio’s contemporary remake of The Mummy in 1999 was directed by Stephen Sommers, and followed by a sequel, The Mummy Returns, in 2001, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008.
This spawned spin-offs in 2002 with The Scorpion King, two sequels for which immediately moved to home video, including the recently released The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption.