Mama director to helm "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.
September 16th, 2013

'Mama' director Andy Muschietti is in talks to direct 'The Mummy' reboot.

The filmmaker - who had a surprise hit with his horror film starring Jessica Chastain earlier this year - is being eyed to direct Universal's mythical remake after Len Wiseman dropped out of the project in July.

The scary action-adventure film will be the latest take on the classic 'Mummy' franchise, which last spawned a trilogy starring Brendan Fraser.

However, while the previous incarnations were set in the 1920s, the new movie, which was scripted by Joe Spaihts, will be set in the modern day, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The remake will be produced by 'Star Trek' duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

Stephen Sommers' 'Mummy' trilogy, which starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, ran between 1999 and 2008, and grossed over $1 billion.

Universal originally planned to film a fourth movie in the franchise, but eventually announced it would reboot the series instead.

'Underworld' director Wiseman signed on to helm the remake, however, exited the role in July due to scheduling issues as he is set to direct the first few episodes of a TV remake of 'Sleepy Hollow'.