Alex Kurtzman—the man who was hired to put together Universal’s Marvel-esque monster cinematic universe—is in final negotiations to direct the first film in the universe, “The Mummy,” this according to a report today by The Hollywood Reporter.
Kurtzman, who along with his former writing partner Roberto Orci, wrote some of the most widely financially successful films of the past decade. Kurtzman is already producing “The Mummy” alongside “Fast and Furious” scribe Chris Morgan.
Both Kurtzman and Morgan were hired by Universal to piece together a cinematic universe using their library of movie monsters.
“The Mummy” is currently set for an April 22, 2016 release and being the first film in this new monster cinematic universe will lay the groundwork for the subsequent films.
“Prometheus” writer Jon Spaights did some work on the script so did Kurtzman and Orci.
Two directors have been attached to the project, but dropped out—“Live Free of Die Hard” Director Len Wiseman and “Mama” Director Andy Muscheitti—the two were involved in the production at different times, however this was before Universal had Marvel aspirations.
Plot details were not revealed for the planned reboot, but it will be a modern action/adventure film rather than a horror. Think more Brendan Frasier “The Mummy” rather Boris Karloff’s “The Mummy.”
The trade’s report also features a statement from Universal’s co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum, “Over the course of developing ‘The Mummy,’ Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology,” Kirschenbaum said. “He knows why ‘The Mummy’ has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible 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.”
Kurtzman has only one directing credit to his name and that is the Chris Pine drama “People Like Us,” he is also attached to Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff “Venom,” but that project may be in limbo after a release date for the film was noticeable absent from the studio’s recently announced dates for “Sinister Six” and “Amazing Spider-Man 3.”
Although “People Like Us” was no tent-pole project, Kurtzman has been around the block and knows what opening a tomb as “The Mummy” entails.
“The Mummy” awakens April 22, 2016
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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