Universal Pictures has decided that the Mummy franchise has to be rebooted to continue. Following the 2008 production "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", actress Maria Bello had stated that a fourth film was definitely to be made and she had already signed on. Four very long years later, the folks at Universal said that no fourth film was forthcoming. Instead, the series would be rebooted.
To that end, they hired Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the highly successful writing/producing duo who worked on the Star Trek reboots to produce the new film. They hired writer Jon Spaihts to write it. Director Len Wiseman was hired to direct it but, because it took so long to move ahead, had to pull out because of scheduling conflicts.
Now, nearly nine months later, Universal insists that the rebooted Mummy is still in the works with director Andres Muschietti at the helm. Muschietti directed the moderately interesting "Mama" which may have prepared him to explore fantastical horror on a much grander scale.
The Mummy films have been a staple of Universal's catalog since the original in 1932 which starred Boris Karloff as Imhotep. There followed "The Mummy's Hand" (1940) with Tom Tyler as Kharis, "The Mummy's Tomb" (1942), The Mummy's Ghost" (1944) and "The Mummy's Curse" (1944), all with Lon Chaney, Jr., as Kharis. "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy" (1955) starred Eddie Parker as Kharis and was a hilarious parody of the three Chaney films.
In 1959, Hammer Film Productions rebooted the series although it was not called a reboot in those days. "The Mummy" (1959) was actually not so much a remake of the original film but a combined version of "The Mummy's Hand" and "The Mummy's Tomb". The three follow-ups, "Curse of the Mummy's Tomb" (1964), "The Mummy's Shroud" (1966) and "Blood From the Mummy's Tomb" (1971) are not related to any previous film or even to each other. They're not very good, the monster is even slower but more elaborate and the acting is as cheesy as it gets.
In 1999, director Stephen Sommers did a magnificent job rebooting the series. "The Mummy" (1999) and "The Mummy Returns" (2001) were superb, transforming the storyline into an adventure rather than the old horror genre. Returns also gave birth to "The Scorpion King" (2002) (TSK), a prequel "TSK 2: Rise of a Warrior" and a continuation "TSK 3: Battle for Redemption". In 2008, "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" continued that series which, obviously, was intended to go into a fourth film.
With Muschietti just hired, there are very few details about a shooting schedule, a cast or anything else. Those details will follow but don't expect a release date much before 2015 for a film utilizing as much CGA as this one will need.