Universal will release its Mummy reboot on April 22, 2016. According to Deadline, the film will reportedly diverge considerably from the Brendan Fraser-fronted series, which debuted in 1999, and will be set in the modern day.
“A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in the Mummy,” reads the company’s description of the forthcoming action-adventure flick.
Andres Muschietti, known for his work on Mama, will direct the potential blockbuster. The decision to hand him the reins seems to confirm reports that the film will deal more with the darker aspects of the series (as opposed to adventure), to capitalize on the recent surge in popularity of the horror genre.
This isn’t the first time Universal has attempted to return the Mummy to its horror roots since the 1932 original. Before Stephen Sommers made his trilogy, the company tried and failed to get it off the ground with directors Clive Barker, George Romero, Joe Dante and Mike Garris.
Producer Sean Daniel is returning to the series, and though the cast has not been announced, former lead actors Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are not expected to return. The script is being written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
The 1999 film centered on Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan (Weisz), her brother John, and adventurer Rick O’Connell (Fraser) as they attempted to kill a mummy accidentally awakened from the City of the Dead. A box office hit, it grossed more than $400 million and spawned two sequels and a spin-off series, the Scorpion King.