Director Named for 'The Mummy' Reboot

Universal plans a series of new films based on iconic monsters. 'The Mummy' will kick off the series in 2016.

Filmmaker Alex Kurtzman has been tapped to direct a reboot of The Mummy.

This isn't the first major film franchise in which Kurtzman has been involved. He produced and wrote two Star Trek films as well as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With Chris Morgan, Kurtzman is in the process of creating a cinematic universe for Universal Studios, based on the memorable movie monsters that are such a key part of the studio's history. The new Mummy pic will be the first in this series. Morgan, along with Sean Daniels, will serve as one of the producers.

Co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum has said of Kurtzman: "Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology."

Specific details about the storyline remain sketchy, but we know the movie will be set in the present day. And although it will contain horror elements, it will be more of an action-adventure picture than a horror flick. This production appears to be starting with a clean slate, featuring new characters. Also, there will be no rehashing of previous films in the franchise.

It's an important film for many reasons, including the fact that it is expected to set the stage and tone for subsequent films in the studio's monster universe.

The Mummy is set for release April 22, 2016.


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