Len Wiseman is in talks to helm Universal’s reboot of its classic horror franchise The Mummy.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing the reboot along with Sean Daniels and Jim Jacks, the producers of the recent Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser.
Starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy (1932) was one of studio’s classic monster movies. It was set during the 1920s and designed to scare the bandages off of audiences. The recent movies were reinvented as actioners with wide appeal and also were set in the '20s.
The new script, by Jon Spaihts, sets the tale in the modern age, though other details are being kept sealed in a tomb just outside of the Valley of the Kings.
“I think the sensibility and the cutting edge of Underworld is a fantastic meld for what we want to do going forward with The Mummy,” said Daniels. “We are going to push the edge of scary entertainment.”
Wiseman, repped by CAA and Behr, was behind this summer’s remake of Total Recall, which grossed $58 million domestically and $172 million worldwide.
He also is behind the successful Underworld action horror franchise and directed the upcoming sequel Live Free or Die Hard. He first worked with Kurtzman and Orci when he helmed the pilot for CBS' reboot of Hawaii Five-O.