Alex Kurtzman to Direct Universal Pictures’ New Mummy
Universal Pictures revives its “Mummy” franchise, appointing Alex Kurtzman to direct the project. Read on for more details about the story.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures sets director Alex Kurtzman to overlook their upcoming project, a revival of the “Mummy” franchise. The “Mummy” project is part of the studio’s plan of resuscitating classic ”monster” novels into movie franchises such as “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Invisible Man” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Universal puts Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan behind the wheels for this project, with “The Mummy” to go first in production.
“The Mummy” (1999) is a dark fantasy adventure film and a loose remake of the 1932 film of the same name. The movie follows the adventures of Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraiser), an adventurer who served in the French Foreign Legion; Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), a clumsy yet intelligent Egyptologist who becomes Rick’s spouse in the later films); and her brother Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) as they try to fight an ancient force resurrected by an ancient book that the group discovered.
Originally intended to be part of a low-budget horror series, the movie was eventually turned into a blockbuster adventure film, grossing $416 million worldwide. The box office success led to a 2001 sequel, “The Mummy Returns,” grossing over $433 million worldwide, which also starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. A spin-off prequel, “The Scorpion King,” directed by Chuck Russell was also produced. The spin-off starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the titular Scorpion King, and it grossed over $165 million worldwide. By 2008, a third installment entitled “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” was produced and starred Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford and Jet Li. The film grossed over $401 million worldwide.
Universal entrusted the project franchises to Guillermo del Toro several years ago but changed when del Toro agreed to co-write and direct “The Hobbit.” Del Toro is focused right now with his FX series “The Strain,” an adaptation of a novel trilogy he authored with Chuck Hogan.
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