It would seem that nobody trusts Brendan Fraser to hold together a franchise anymore (not that I can blame them). Earlier this marked the release of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which replaced Fraser with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and now it looks like Universal is planning to reboot one of his series.
Jon Spaihts, according to Variety, has been hired by the studio to script a square-one story about The Mummy. Spaihts has only had one film credit produced, last December's The Darkest Hour, but he is starting to get a lot of attention because of his work on the upcoming Prometheus. In a statement, Spaights said, "I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with Prometheus: to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before."
Beginning in 1999, The Mummy franchise extended to two sequels - The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - as well as a spin-off The Scorpion King. The films followed Richard 'Rick' O'Connell (Fraser), a globetrotting archeologist, as he fought against ancient demons. The original film, and its first sequel, were directed by Stephen Sommers. Sean Daniel, who not only produced the first three Mummy movies but the Scorpion King movie as well, is attached as a producer.
Are you happy they are rebooting The Mummy franchise or would you rather have seen them go for another movie in the same continuity? Do you think that Spaights will continue with the same characters and go in a different direction? Sound off below.
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