Kurtzman to direct “THE MUMMY,” The First Film in New Shared Universal Monsters Universe

Blockbuster scripter Alex Kurtzman, one half of the team designing the path for the proposed shared Universal Monsters Universe to follow will also kick it off. The filmmaker has officially come aboard THE MUMMY as director. 

Expected in April of 2016, THE MUMMY reboot will set the stage for a new vision of the legendary Universal Monsters, whose individual films will share a cinematic universe overseen by Kurtzman and writer/producer Chris Morgan. THR reports story details aren’t being disclosed, though “it’s understood that the new MUMMY is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It  also will feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.”

Universal’s co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum says, “Over the course of developing THE MUMMY, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology. He knows why THE MUMMY has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”

As it stands in tone, it sounds as if they’re rebooting the 1999 MUMMY, rather than as a straight creeper. A shame, as last year I caught the Karl Freund-directed, Boris Karloff-starring classic on the big screen, and found it to be the eeriest of the original Monsters movies.

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