‘Hunger Games’ Screenwriter Hired for ‘Mummy’ Reboot
Published by Joseph in: Film -- Date: 14 Feb 2013 Comments: 0
Universal Pictures is taking a very unique approach on its reboot (doesnt it feel like we are seeing that word more often?) of the Mummy franchise. Vulture reports that Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, State of Play) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) are writing seperate, competing scripts, both set in modern times. No details have been given if they will ignore the events of the first three movies or not, but I suspect they will.
An insider at Vulture says “My suspicion is that one of them will be a ‘structure-and-body’ man, and one’s going to be a ‘character-and-dialogue’ man — and that they’ll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers,” explains our insider, adding that this competitive screenwriting process is rarely used “because credit arbitration is usually a nightmare.”
Perhaps this gives Universal some sort of ‘Plan B’ option with the movie, ensuring that it won’t suck. Len Wiseman of Underworld and Total Recall fame is signed on to direct the reboot, set for release next summer.
By the way, sequels and blah blah blah aside, The Mummy (1999) rocks.