Total Recall remake director Len Wiseman says his version of The Mummy would be a modern horror flick, according to Cinema Blend.
Universal and Wiseman are teaming up for another version of the classic monster movie. However, the filmmaker said his take on the story won’t involve Indiana Jones-style theatrics or Brendan Fraser.
“There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if ‘The Mummy’ is to be the next movie for me, is that ‘The Mummy’ is a completely different film. It is a modern day take. It doesn’t have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind,” Wiseman told Movie Web.
While the director didn’t come right out and say it, Wiseman doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of the Fraser’s Mummy film or its sequels. The Underworld filmmaker said he intends to take the story back to its roots.
“The pitch was to go with a much different tone,” Wiseman explained. “It was a Mummy like I’d never heard of before. Its nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking.”
Instead of feeding The Mummy through the action movie machine once again, Wiseman intends to portray the character as a menacing force that intends to have its way with the modern world.
Although the director has enjoyed some success in the past, he stumbled a bit with this year’s box office disappointment Total Recall. Box Office Mojo reports the movie only made $58 million at the US box office. The film carried a production cost of around $125 million.
Are you a fan of Len Wiseman’s movies? Are you looking forward to his take on The Mummy?