Len Wiseman departs "The Mummy" reboot

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Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep (played by Arnold Vosloo) was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by Rick O'Connel (Brendan Fraser), an American expatriate who has joined the foreign legion, and Evelyn Carnarvon (Rachel Weisz), an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Imhotep, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on humanity.
August 1st, 2013

Len Wiseman has quit as director of 'The Mummy' reboot.

The 40-year-old helmer has left the motion picture due to scheduling issues, but Universal are still ploughing ahead with the movie and producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are to start searching for a new director straight away.

Wiseman - who recently helmed 'Total Recall' - is thought to have been dedicating more and more time to his Fox TV series 'Sleepy Hollow', sources told Variety.

Jon Spaihts has written the script for the movie and it is said to be one of Universal's top priorities following the popularity of the original trilogy, which starred Brendan Fraser as a heroic archaeologist on a mission to stop a resurrected ancient Egyptian priest.

Wiseman - who is married to Kate Beckinsale - recently revealed the film would be completely different to the original franchise.

He said: ''it is set in the modern day [and] it's an entirely different kind of 'Mummy'.

''It doesn't tie in in any way to the Brendan Fraser movies - it's not a remake at all.

''The pitch that Alex Kurtzman and Bob presented to me was shockingly different. It wasn't something that I would immediately be interested in, but their pitch - it was shocking how new and interesting it was.''