Len Wiseman to direct The Mummy reboot

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A remake of the 1990 sci-fi action film of the same name, starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel & Ethan Hawke. Like the original, this reboot is inspired by the famous short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick. For factory worker Douglas Quaid (Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man as he finds himself on the run from the police.
September 25th, 2012

Len Wiseman is to direct 'The Mummy' reboot.

The filmmaker - who helmed this year's 'Total Recall' remake - revealed the Jon Spaihts-written film franchise, which will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, will feature a modern, ''scarier'' take on the titular villain compared to the latest three-part movie series starring Brendan Fraser.

Len told Deadline.com: ''When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well.

''It's a darker twist on the material, a scarier version.''

Alex revealed the film franchise reboot will take on a darker tone but still be a family movie, and it will be heavily inspired by late science-fiction and thriller author Michael Crichton's books.

He added: ''We're reaching into the deep roots of 'The Mummy', which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional.

''It's still a four-quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that's more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we've drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton's books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science.''

Len - who is married to actress Kate Beckinsale - admits he is particularly interested in directing the movie franchise because he finds the mummy's personality ''interesting''.

He explained: ''One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he's still in essence a man.

''They haven't turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He's a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he's a thinking, calculating person.''