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Universal Is Digging Up THE MUMMY Again!!

The Kidd here...

A lot of money was made by Universal Pictures with their original revival of THE MUMMY series, as led by Stephen Sommers and then taken over by Rob Cohen. Therefore, it only makes sense for them to dust off the franchise and send it into reboot territory to see if there's still some life left.

Jon Spaihts has landed the job of writing the new MUMMY, according to Variety, and, if his name sounds awfully familiar to you, it should. You'll be hearing a lot of it once PROMETHEUS comes out, as he co-wrote the script with Damon Lindelof. He also wrote last year's THE DARKEST HOUR, which was described to me as "incredibly stupid," but, if PROMETHEUS winds up being anywhere near as good as it looks, perhaps that speaks well about the future of THE MUMMY.

The first movie was a lot of fun back when it was released, but there's no word on if that type of action-adventure tone will be used once again for the reboot, or the plan is to get back to basics and using THE MUMMY as one of Universal's classic monsters. 

 

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  • April 4, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    ARNOLD VOSLOO IS NOT HAPPY

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

  • April 4, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Reboot?

    by dalybear

    Why reboot it? Just requel it. I'd rather see Brendan Fraser back and if it's written by this guy it'll be great

  • April 4, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    FOR FUCKS SAKE

    by Rob

    ENOUGH

  • April 4, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Mummy 1999

    by Robusto

    Was pretty good summer flick for its time. I remember being very stoked for that and matrix that year.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Hammer's Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

    by Stan Arthur

    Best Mummy movie ever.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I love the 1999 Mummy

    by Scorchy

    It's cheesy with horrible special effects and total lapses in logic....but it's also a lot of fun. Plus, Rachel Weisz was ridiculs yummy in it.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Eighth!

    by Brian Hopper

  • April 4, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I had no idea....

    by Geoff

    that the co-writer of Prometheus was the writer for the Darkest Hour. I watched that horrible piece of shit yesterday in 3D. If it wasn't for the fact that I'm a 3D buff, I wouldn't of watched it due to the negative reviews it received. Now I'm hoping Prometheus is Rated R. A fucking big 'R' at that.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Holy shit....more Brendan Fraser?

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Didn't we get enough of his turdish acting?

  • April 4, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Horror

    by melchior42

    I remember being disappointed at Mummy 1999 when in theaters only because I thought I bought a ticket to a horror movie as opposed to an action camp fest. A second view made me appreciate it better (helps that Rachel Weiz is ludicrously adoriblicious) but I would still prefer to see them make a solid horror film from the concept.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Love THE MUMMY franchise

    by Logan_1973

    Although the third was crap...but the first two were a big ball of fun with a hint of classic-film thrown in.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Sad

    by wrath 4771

    Sad that a franchise only 13 years-old needs a reboot. At least it's older than Spider-Man.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Rebooting a that's less than 15 years old? Pathetic!

    by Topher4801

    All these other reboots are bad enough; Fright Night, Footloose, Total Recall, Summer School. And redoing NEW foreign movies just so people don't have to read; Let Me In, [REC], Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But rebooting movies less then 15 year old? Just stupid! Sequels are ok, barely. Make them about Fraser and the kid grown up or something but don't reboot it!

  • April 4, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    dust off the franchise?

    by Erik Radvon

    How much dust has been able to collect on the franchise since those halcyon days of 2008? Mummy and Mummy Returns were lame but riotously fun movies. Universal had a knack for releasing them just between movies I really wanted to see, and they served as great "opening acts" for their respective release seasons.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Beauty is dead

    by ObiBen

  • April 4, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    They need to go DARKER! MUCH MUCH DARKER!

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    YEAH do that

  • April 4, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    No Rachel, No See Movie

    by Longtime Lurker

  • April 4, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Not necessarily REBOOTING the 99 The Mummy

    by shane peterson

    Not clear on that point. They could go back to the classic era and reboot THAT.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Patricia Velasquez

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Played Anck Su Namun, aka "incredibly hot chick in fishnet body suit". Hottest woman I have ever seen in a movie. FACT.

  • interest. I mean. What? What in the fuck can you do with this. Oh gosh this made money one day. Maybe someone will see another one- duuuuuuuur. How bout turn the Doctor Doom ride into a movie. Get the rights together and have him fight the avengers.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Makes me happy

    by Vlad the Inhaler

    The original 1935 "The Mummy" is my favorite Universal monster movie. I also have great love for the Hammer version with Cushing & Lee, and great affection for "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb." The 1999 Stephen Sommers movie took me by complete surprise – I had an enormous amount of fun with it, even if the titular character was the weakest element in it.<p> So, if Universal wants to revisit that dusty old tomb, and treats the enterprise with respect, love, and wit, then I'm there. I'd also heavily advise them (beg them, actually) to do the creature with practical makeup and not CGI. In fact, I'd advise him to take a look at their own remake of "The Wolf Man" as an object lesson in how wonderful real makeup looks compared to CGI (which, like the Sommers film, was the weakest – TERRIBLY weakest – element of the project).<p> But otherwise, yeah… Bring it on! Spectacular tombs and ancient curses and wise old professors and square-jawed heroes and a beautiful damsel in distress. Exotic backdrops and occult mumbo-jumbo. Romance under the desert night sky and sinister dacoits with daggers clenched between their teeth. Officious fez-wearing government lackeys who know more than what they tell. Etc., etc., etc.…

  • April 4, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    She was smokin hot no doubt. No Mathilda May but smokin.

    by UltraTron

  • Looking right at you Amazing Spider Man.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I'm all for this if they make it horror. C'mon, Hollywood, scare a nigga!

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • April 4, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hey...

    by Blue_Demon

    Did you guys hear that Detroit is soon going to have a life-size statue of Robocop put up in bronze glory? A Canadian company is scanning a model and styrofoam pieces will be cut and sent to a foundry. Coo news, no? About this Mummy reboot shit...ehh...fuck it.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Horror, please.

    by buggerbugger

    The Mummy needs to get back to its throat-crushing, head-stomping horror roots. And the shambling fucker needs to be a guy in bandages. Kharis FTW.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Hope they call it 'Mum.'

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

  • April 4, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Cool! However where are the new...

    by Maegnarval

    Creature from the Black Lagoon movies?! Reboot or Continuing from Coppola's "Dracula"?! Rebooting or Continuing "Wolfman"?! New "Invisible Man" movie still seem no where in sight! There's what? 3 Frankenstein movies in the works now?

  • April 4, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Coo = Cool

    by Blue_Demon

    Goddamnnit, Harry...

  • April 4, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Starring Taylor Kitsch as a rebooted Scorpion King

    by spacehog

    Visual effects via a rebooted Amiga.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I vote for a brooding vampire alien Mummy this time

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Trapped on another world...

  • April 4, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    @spewbacca

    by Geoff

    Google.....The Darkest Hour reviews. Or maybe you're taking the piss ;)

  • April 4, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Spaihts' SHADOW 19 should be made instead

    by lv_426

    Whoever has the rights to that is sitting on a potentially massive sci-fi action franchise. Especially now that sci-fi and space opera is getting made again and has support from the studios, at least for another year or two. Do we really need more Mummy flicks though? Oh well, it is nice to see Spaihts getting some work. I was guessing that Lindelof was going to get all the credit for Prometheus.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I can't be;ieve

    by Geoff

    No on is going on about had bad Alien -1 might just be with this hack on board. Part time complainers I reckon :)

  • April 4, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I don't get the Reboot?

    by Wcwlkr

    Why not just do another sequel like you did with Tomb of The Dragon Emperor? Which wasn't actually that bad, I enjoyed it. Now than again my expectations were incredibly low. But I loved the first Mummy an excellent action flick, I tolerated the 2nd. I mean it wasn't horrible it just wasn't close to being as good as the first. They tried to do too much that just hurt it big time, and the whole Evie being a reincarnated Pharoah's daughter was just stupid so I didn't like that. But still I'd like to see Brendan Fraiser doing something other than Furry Vengence LOL. Point is with a solid story I don't see the need to reboot this.

  • If they want to do it that way fine, I have no problem with that. Just don't reboot and have someone else playing Brendan Fraiser's character that would just be stupid.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The Darkest Hour???

    by syn_flood

    I was looking forward to Prometheus until I read that. Holy shit that film was terrible.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I bet if Prometheus is a hit

    by lv_426

    Fox will reboot the whole Alien franchise. They'll probably squeeze out a Predators 2, then in five years they'll reboot Predator as well. Someday, after Avatar II and III have been released, James Caneron is going to do another deep sea dive in his submersible. When he surfaces, he'll find out that the Avatar films have been rebooted while he was poking around in the abyss.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    ANNE RICE'S - THE MUMMY

    by deanmail

    would make a good book to film adaptation. she wrote Interview With A Vampire.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    So horror or camp fest?

    by Andrew Coleman

    Don't get me wrong I really like 1999 Mummy. Even the second one had its moments. The third movie is one of the funniest things I've ever seen(not a good thing). They either need to just continue the story line with some of the main actors(I'm sure Brendan Fraser needs a pay check) or make it a straight old school horror movie. Don't reboot it and make it silly as shit thought. That would be seriously pointless.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The Mummy:Rise of the Return of the Ancient Aliens.

    by Jobacca

    They need to totally make this a parody/comedy/horror flick that makes fun of all that ancient astronaut bullshit that the History Channel runs 24/7. I would gladly pay $7 to see that crazy haired guy get eaten by an Alien Mummy.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Prometheus = Dark Hour + Nash Bridges + Lost + Crossing Jordan

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Uh oh. Maybe Cheech is the engineer of everything.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Another new Ender's Game pic

    by flax

    http://endersgameblog.tumblr.com/post/20479436468/enders-days

  • April 4, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Common sense

    by Geoff

    Why would they have someone playing Brendan Fatsers character again? Simple: 1. It will be a re-boot. why? 2. Because in all the time it has been out, a new generation has been born since the people who saw it upon first release. 3. And the people who will see it next wont have to ask stupid questions like "I didn't see him kill that big scorpion to get the equipment needed to save the earth" 4. And finally........That is all folks :)

  • April 4, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The Mummy =brand= is sort of action-adventure now...

    by Jaster Mareel

    And a horror version just isn't going to pack in the size of audience I'm sure Universal is clamboring for. Universal and Paramount are the two major studios that are always starved of hits, particularly over the last decade.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    ???

    by Josh

    April fools *looks at calendar* WTF it's april 4th.

  • April 4, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Go back to pre-WWII adventures.

    by whatevillurks

  • April 4, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Darkest Hour: well-intentioned but ultimately disappointing

    by jawsfan

  • April 4, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    No, actually that Chinese Piece of Shit Movie was absolute garbage

    by Jaster Mareel

    Defines the word =shitastic= in fact. The best part was when the abominable snowmen attacked and the Chinese girl went up to one, spoke to it in chinese while it nodded and occassionally let out a Scobby Doo grunt, then ran off to do her bidding. COMPLETELY fucking ridiculous film that felt like a tremendous waste of time and money.

  • April 4, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    @jawsfan

    by Geoff

    Why say 'Well intentioned'? If the producers had intended to make it any better, don't you think they would of?

  • which they are not.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Mummy vs. Indiana Jones

    by BosskBalls

    For an extended period of time, my theory was that the only explanation for the popularity of the Mummy movies was the absence of a Raiders/Indiana Jones movie. Then I saw Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...and I yearned for another Mummy movie.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    That's no lady, that's my mummy!

    by Royston Lodge

  • April 4, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Hmmm... Lost and Darkest Hour has smoke monsters

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I'm betting there's a smoke substance that can get inside the suits and turn you into a Space Jokey or crazy crewmate killer astronaught.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Abbott and Costello already

    by UltraTron

  • Speaking of which, when will the Hellraiser reboot be announced? Jesus H Christ.

  • There goes MY day.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Too bad they balked at Cliver Barker's version

    by TitusPullo

    I want to see that one.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    *Clive

    by TitusPullo

    who's Cliver?

  • We've got to get this guy to write it!!!!

  • April 4, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I heard Hollywood is doing a reboot of The Bible

    by lv_426

    Apparently it is going to be a big franchise. It is going to be a trilogy. The Bible: The Old Testament The Bible II: The New Testament The Bible III part I: Book of Revelations The Bible III part II: The Four Horsemen It is going to be a Twilight/Hunger Games re-imagining about how Adam and Eve are reincarnated through the ages, but because of their original sin in the Olive Garden* of Eden, their love can never be realized until the world is destroyed by a God and a latent version of the Y2K bug, the Y2012 virus, which was engineered by Satan. *Product placement

  • Chill.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I hated the '99 Mummy

    by rev_skarekroe

    It was like Raiders of the Lost Ark if you didn't give a shit about any of the characters or what they were doing.

  • April 4, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Arafel

  • April 4, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe

    by TitusPullo

    funny I went to see Mummy '99 EXPECTING it to be like Raiders Of The Lost Ark, but it ended up getting some kind of Looney Tunes version of that, completely with overly used/half assed CG.... which Sommer perfected in Van Helsing (which was on Harry's Top 10 list of that year, or should have been the way he gushed over and bonded with his Dad over it)

  • April 4, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Brenden Fraser is now fat and bald...

    by ajt2111

    http://tinyurl.com/ckwj2kh (I know, fuck perez hilton, but when I googled that came up almost first) http://tinyurl.com/cquxr5m http://tinyurl.com/cco9zql

  • April 4, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Dear Hollywood....Go back to school

    by DARKJEDI

    And learn how to make movies...original ones!

  • April 4, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Get the guy who played "The Egyptian" on Spartacus.

    by riskebiz

    That guy was an unstoppable cool bad-ass. Perfect for the Mummy!

  • April 4, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    The second Mummy movie was the last DVD I ever rented

    by Ricardo

    I watched it for 20 minutes, stoped, got in my car, returned the DVD, and never came back. I think it's the only movie I "walked out".

  • April 4, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Brendan FUCKING Frasier...YES!!!!!!!!!

    by DaddyP69

    I mean literally, Will Ferrell FUCKING Kelsey Grammar. Yes.

  • April 4, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Honestly, can ANYONE get upset about reboots anymore?

    by AlienFanatic

    For the past few weeks, we've seen story after story about remakes. Can anyone be surprised anymore? All we can hope are that (what seems to be) fewer and fewer NEW products will be worth the time and we can let less discerning viewers turn out for the rest. Seriously, enough nerdrage.

  • April 4, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    @ajt2111 Better picture of Frasier on that site

    by AlienFanatic

    http://img.perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/brendan_frazer_5_wenn3472918.pbbig.jpg The paparazzi on the left seems to be transfixed by Brendan's lack of coiffage. You can almost hear him thinking, "Duuuuuude, wtf?!"

  • April 4, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    1st one is fantastic, 2nd is so-so, third is awful

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    The first one is a totally solid pulpy 30s action adventure, the second one has some good moments but of course they add a fucking kid, and third is just god awful - the recasting doesnt work, jet li is walking around like he a 12 pole stuck perpetually up his ass, you cringe everytime a character says the word Mummy, the yak yakked, and yet another death and ressurection of a main character as dramatic device at the end. I really liked Fraser in all of them, and the first one could definitely go a few rounds with any of the Indy films - if they try and get back to that, I'd be down for another.

  • April 4, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Only Rachel Weisz's naked body could entice me to see this...

    by wcolbert

    Didn't we JUST have a Mummy movie a few years ago? A bit soon to be re-booting, don't you think? I can see if the movie were 30 or 40 years old, but even the original wasn't THAT long ago (unless you were born in the late 90's and don't remember it - in which case, you should probably be playing with your harry potter wizardry kit...kidding...but really...1999? 12-13 years ago is passing as ancient and outdated now?).

  • April 4, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    ENOUGH. STOP.

    by ChickenStu

    These cunting reboots make me want to bring up bile.

  • As long as they make it stylistically different from the early 2000ish era ones, I'm fine with that. If it's another action adventure, that would be a retread. Make a horror movie. The concept seems like it could be scary.

  • April 4, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Even the word Mummy turns me off. Thanks Fraser, ya tool.

    by BeanGrud

  • April 4, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    The Mummy is an alien.

    by Raptor Jesus

  • April 4, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Or a mutant.

    by Raptor Jesus

  • April 4, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Good. The Fraser films, all three of them, are pretty terrible.

    by imagin78

  • April 4, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Reboots

    by crazylegs

    I just want to stab them in the fucking spleen.

  • April 4, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    What about Creature From The Black Lagoon?

    by Mrhazard

    A remake they talk about every couple years that actually kinda makes sense to reboot

  • Really? REALLY?

  • April 4, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    A "scary" MUMMY movie?

    by WarrenSmooth

    That's actually not a bad idea. The MUMMY movies have never been true horror films. Hammer came close but didn't quite get there.

  • April 4, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Hollywood is clueless

    by vezner2007

    With a seemingly unlimited supply of best selling novels that could be original stories for movies, why continue with the idiotic reboots? Hunger Games is doing an amazing job so why not continue on with making even more movies based on good books? Is it REALLY that hard to figure out?

  • April 4, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I really liked the first Mummy movie

    by dukeroberts

    I thought it was a good bit of fun. I thought Brendan Fraser was a little lacking in his line readings, but the movie didn't suffer greatly because of it. Rachel Weisz was adorably sexy. Jon Hannah was a decent comic sidekick. The movie was lots of fun. Then came The Mummy Returns. Ick. Too much noise. Too much junky CGI. The first one had alot, but the second one seemed overloaded with it. It wasn't nearly as clever or as fun as the original. And threw in a fucking kid. Why do they do that? Kids ruin everything. Kids ruined The Lost World and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The kid in The Legend of Zorro wasn't as bad, but the movie would have been much better without him. Kids suck in big sequels. Leave them out altogether. In the end, The Mummy Returns was just a big pile of crap and led the way for other crappy, excessive sequels like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. "It's bigger! It's longer! It's more of the stuff you liked the first time, but possibly so much that it makes this movie unwatchable!" And the horrible CGI of The Rock as the Scorpion King did not help. That was atrociously bad looking. I didn't see the Chinese Dragon Lord Yeti Monster Mummy movie. If you must reboot, reboot as a true horror property. That first Karloff Mummy movie is boring as shit. It is my least favorite, by far, of the classic Universal monster movies.

  • April 4, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    The Mummy movies sucked, all of them.

    by JackSlater4

  • April 4, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    How is the Hammer film with Lee and Cushing not a horror film?

    by Mrhazard

    Just asking... Probably my favorite Mummy film...

  • April 4, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    The Mummy Pharaon vs Vampire Moses

    by chien_sale

  • April 4, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Could a non-CGI re-do Mummy movie work?

    by chien_sale

  • April 4, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The first Sommers Mummy movie was, good campy, serial fun.

    by Orbots Commander

    It was pretty much a wanna be Indiana Jones adventure, with Brendan Fraser in the adventurer role. The movie is no classic, but it's no worse than, say, Temple of Doom IMO, and was leagues more entertaining than Crystal Skull. That said, the two sequels were pretty awful. They lost whatever magic and charm the first one had.

  • April 4, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Enjoyed The Mummy and pt. 3 the most

    by thot

    And though I wouldn't mind seeing a pt. 4 with the same cast (the last one seemed to be leading in that direction) I would also like to see The Mummy returned to it's horror roots. So, yeah, bring it on!

  • April 4, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Big Mama of The Mummy

    by Teddy Artery

    Starring Martin Lawrence in a fat suit.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I despise these movies

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Stupid humor and nonsensical over the top action. Made for 12 year olds.

  • April 4, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Reboot 'The Matrix' !

    by aphextwin

    also from 1999 and than with better sequels..yeah!

  • April 4, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The Frasier ones bad?

    by wcolbert

    Oh...I see. You have no sense of fun or adventure. A stick up your ass, is it? Ok...I can concede to the latest one being not quite fantastic...but the first two, particularly the first one, was a lot of fun. I don't require it to be "just like the original"...when it's been half a century, once can stand an update or two. Really. People these days. No sense of what real fun or adventure is. Everything has to be an explosion or in bullet-time for it to be exciting. It's a light-hearted movie - lighten up. Do you forget that you are fortunate enough to live in an era that even affords you the ability to pick and choose what movies you want to see, or have any movies at all? Had you been born just 100 years ago, or even 50, you wouldn't have that luxury. Yet you bitch about something that is delivered to you for free, or at most the cost of a movie ticket. Cost them tens of millions -cost you the price of a meal at mcdonalds.

  • April 4, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Oded Fehr or GTFO

    by Kobolos

    Ardeth F'n Bey should have been the movie to make.

  • The MUMMY movies are lukewarm Indiana Jones ripoffs. VAN HELSING was zillion-dollar misfire. WOLFMAN was a complete piece of shit. CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON most certainly lends itself to a contemporary update (something none of the aforementioned titles attempted) - and I remember hearing about remake plans as far back as the early eighties when John Carpenter was attached. Maybe give Fred Dekker a call. You could do a lot worse then MONSTER SQUAD - the last awesome Universal-type Monster movie - which was, by the way, passed on by Universal at the time and instead released through Tri-Star.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    That said, I would welcome a true horror version of the basic premise.

    by dahveed1972

  • April 4, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Set it in the middle of the Arab Spring uprising

    by Fred

  • ...I enjoyed The Scorpion King but for what it was but that's been played out by two shitty direct to DVD follow-ups. This reboot...I dunno. Since we already got the adventure take on the material(which was great in the first film), maybe we can go back to it's roots this time and make it scarier and darker like the original 30s classic. I'd see that.

  • April 4, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Before people scoff too hard at a new Mummy series....

    by ravenink

    Remember that Indiana freaking Jones has become shit. The Uncharted movie seems to be MIA too, which means there is a gap in the treasure hunting adventurer genre. No reigning king to speak of. Why not let The Mummy take another shot at the throne? What's the worst thing that can happen? It'll suck? Skip it! It's not like the Mummy is a beloved franchise that has achieved some kind of holy status. It was a fun movie with a decently entertaining sequel and a third one which most people skipped. As far as I'm concerned, they won't be "ruining" anything by giving it a shot. The worst reaction possible will be "the Mummy reboot sucked, HUGE surprise" as opposed to "Shia Leboeuf swung through the trees with monkeys in an Indiana Jones movie... my childhood is irrevocably soiled."

  • April 5, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Brendon Fraser is sooooooo FAT now

    by Turd Furgeson

    They cant possibly bring him back again, it'd be like "The Dude Who ATE The Mummy."

  • April 5, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    no Boris Karloff forget it

    by danny rose

  • April 5, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Haters

    by Red_Right_Return

    What a bunch of fucking haters most of you are. These movies are better than the movies about the sparkly vampires some of you love so much. I mean seriously, some of you need to get a life. Sure these aren't fantastic classics, but at least the first one was good old FUN. Its not like they tried to sell you Gone with the Wind 1999 or something. I liked the first two and you haters can suck my dick.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Wease the juice. Grant Morrison had a fat mummy in

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    his comic "Sea Guy." Pretty funny.

  • April 5, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    A 4th Film Would Be Better

    by JohnIan

    There is no need for rebooting, just make another good one to wash away the BAD taste from the third entry. What the hell, crap on a cracker.

  • April 5, 2012, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Brendan Fraser was a terrible action hero.

    by i_got_worms

    And even in 1999 the CGI looked total dogshit - the mummy itself was only slightly more convincing than the stupid pet alien in Lost in Space. I'd be on board for a proper Mummy film in the spirit of the Cushing/Lee Hammer take.

  • April 5, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Am I alone in thinking the Wolfman remake was solid?

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    Don't get the hate for that one.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Send in the Mummies

    by Clio

    I loved the first one with Brendan Fraser and friends, liked the second one, and the third one was quickly forgettable. But I really would like to see a scary Mummy movie, a la Boris Karloff or Hammer studio. But you know what? It will never happen. Oh, sure, someone could do it, but it would never sell today without tongue in cheek...or some comic relief. I know this sounds like a heretic, but who couldn't outrun one of the old classic Universal mummies? Everyone he caught up to was frozen motionless with fear....that would never fly today. Too bad. Too bad.

  • April 5, 2012, 4:56 a.m. CST

    Reboot the Scorpion King, not the Mummy!

    by Joe

  • April 5, 2012, 5:45 a.m. CST

    what i dont get

    by raging bullshitter

    Is how you can sometimes get a feeling that you never had before. Wouldn't the sometimes indicate that it is a recurring feeling thus eliminating the possibility of never having it before?

  • April 5, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    re: "The MUMMY movies have never been true horror films."

    by buggerbugger

    They absolutely have. They were conceived as horror films and marketed as horror films. They may seem tame by today's standards, but they were absolutely horror films. Hell, the first thing that happens in the Karloff film is a guy being **driven insane** by the sight of a corpse coming back to life. And then the Kharis series spent a great deal of time with the bandaged shambler strangling people to death. They're not exactly comedies. re: "Hammer came close but didn't quite get there." They absolutely got there. Lee having his tongue cut out in the movie's opening? Absolutely horrific imagery for the 1950s. An undead monster lurching toward you and bullets having no effect on it? People being trapped in small rooms with no escape and then being throttled to death? Horror, through and through. Lee's Mummy was a slasher bogeyman before there were slasher bogeymen.

  • Moist, I hear you on that one. Back when the first MUMMY film debuted, Velasquez was like a goddess to me. And since Universal had released the shot of her walking slowly and sexily towards the camera in the fishnet as a major promotional still -- in a very nice, full file size -- it became my desktop wallpaper for over a year. In fact, I love that shot of her so much that I still use it from time to time, as I rotate my desktop wallpapers for fun. And needless to say, many a writing break was taken drooling and daydreaming over Patricia. AHEM! As for this reboot...whatever. The third CHINA movie was such a misfire on so many levels that it actually did kill the franchise for me. So, if this involves bringing Fraser back, right now, I have zero interest. All it gets from me is a "meh." On the other hand, if it's a clean, from the ground floor up, MUMMY retooling... something that harkens back to the Karloff classics... I'll wait to see what they come up with and possibly give it a chance. Though given how shitty the recent WOLFMAN movie was, I don't have high hopes for Universal getting it right. And even if Universal is interested in retooling the classic monsters yet again, WHEN THE HELL ARE WE EVER GOING TO GET A NEW CREATURE/LAGOON FILM??? At least that would generate some solid geek interest!

  • April 5, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    There is room to improve on Sommers' Mummy

    by Thomas Cummins

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the first Mummy film but Stephen Sommers has a history of using far too much CGI in his films. Apparently he has a poor eye for what special effects are convincing on screen. I only have to mention the poorly realized version of The Rock as the Scorpion King to make my point. However I don't mind mentioning Van Helsing as a low point in cinematic CGI special effects as well. But of course this is just a pet peeve with me. Its possible fans of the existing Mummy films don't care. Another director and another approach might actually succeed in creating an entertaining experience except that there is a real sense of "been there done that" that will have to be overcome. Maybe focusing more on horror than adventure will do the trick.

  • April 5, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The Mummy movies sucked

    by Beezbo

    I refuse to give them a pass.

  • April 5, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Hey, at least Hollywood recycles.

    by Gore_monkey

    It must be their take on the be green initive to re-recycle movies.

  • April 5, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    l. ron bumquist: Wolfman was great but could have been a Classic

    by chien_sale

    And becauuse of it fans sees it as a disappointement. So many screw ups with the countless changes pre-production and mid-production

  • April 5, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Aint it totally sucky news.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Who cares about these dumb, lame, bland, uninteresting MUMMY movies anyway?

  • As legend goes the rock failed to show up for the 2nd unit shooting and they had to go all digital with his scorpion monster. That was supposed to have his actual torso and face instead of not there yet close-ups of his fake digital face.

  • April 5, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    How about Ramses the Damned?

    by Nozoki

    I thought the novel had potential to be a good flick.

  • April 5, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    re: "ANNE RICE'S - THE MUMMY" by deanmail

    by jim

    Good story, I'd love to see a movie version of that. When I read it I pictured the brother being played by Richard E Grant.

  • The 1st Mummy film was ok but it wasn't in the slightest bit scary like a Mummy film should be.

  • April 5, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Brendan Fraser should be ditched too.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    He's just not very good is he.....in the Mummy films anyway.

  • Jules Verne would roll in his grave if he saw that piece of shite travesty of Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

  • April 5, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST

    And it's fuckin awful sequel Mysterious Island.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    another travesty of Jules Vernes story. Why Michael Caine decided to be in that heap of shit I don't know.

  • April 5, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah......get Clive Barker to write it.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    He'd make it pretty fucked up and nasty. And a few naked women's a must.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    oh.....wow

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Someone from The Darkest Hour is heavily involved in Prometheus? Oh. Fuck. No. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I can't believe The Darkest Hour wasn't on everyone's top 10 worst movies list. I have it at #1 or 2. To be fair to the writer, though, the worst thing about it was the Sci Fi Channel movie budget. Alarm bells!

  • April 5, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I loved the first 99 Mummy and Krystal Skull! HA!

    by ZodNotGod

    But let's leave the gooy stuff behind and shoot for the Hammer feel. It's sad there is no one up to the status of a Cushing or Lee, but it would be a good start to get some horror franchises off the ground that don't involve the SAW crap or Michael Myers. Fraser was fine, but by the third he was too campy and obvious. Use him; have him and his son as treasure hunters. and make the films slightly more serious and play up the horror elements if possible.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Indy is still better than Frazer's Mummy.

    by ZodNotGod

    Geez. So cynical these days.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Universal please do this!

    by ZodNotGod

    Seriousl,y wouldn't it be great if Universal took charge like Marvel is doing with it's top characters and gave them all stories to shine... Every one of the monster icons gets a brand new movie. Drac, Frank, The Mummy, The Wolfman... Creature from the Black Lagoon gets a proper and just remake since the original is terrible. Have them all writen and Directed by the same core group of people. Frankenstien sequels and remakes have always sucked because they stray too far from the Karloff-look which I think is the best and most iconic and should never be fucked with. I like my mindless aberrations in sport jacket! Have them all reunite in the final installment.... I loved how "The Monster Squad" did it. We need more of that...stop remaking everything and just re-introduce them....

  • April 5, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Saw 'The Matrix' & 'The Mummy' on the same day in '99...

    by workshed

    My brother and I were on holiday in San Diego and the following day drove up to LA to see the opening of 'The Phantom Menace'. The Stormtroopers outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre got us all psyched up... I guess you can imagine where the story goes from here. I thought Matrix was the best of the three but a pale imitation of 'Neuromancer' (which it clearly ripped huge ideas from). Luckily, I had a radio show to do with Marky Ramone which cheered me up no end.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Saw the Matrix, Mummy and TPM in the same week.

    by ZodNotGod

    The Matrix was ok. Loved The Mummy and loved TPM the best.... Not every nerd has the same experiences.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Saw The Matrix, The Mummy & TPM on the same week in 99..

    by ZodNotGod

    The Matrix was ok.....Dug the Mummy....LOVED TPM..... Not all nerds have the same experiences.

  • April 5, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    D'oh...sorry for the double-posting....

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 5, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Is this some Universal Studios Orlando curse?

    by Mugato5150

    First there was the King Kong ride which was based on the 1976 movie. But then they made the new Kong movie so the ride became irrelevant. So they replaced it with the Mummy ride. So now the Mummy is irrelevant. What's going to replace it, more Harry Potter?

  • April 5, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    first 99 Mummy was fun...

    by Winston Smith

    ...a lot of fun back in the day, and it actually had some clever and quotable lines. The second film was just dumb, but the amount of places it brought you to and the energy of the action scenes also made it fun. However the dated effects have pretty much made it useless now. Third film was just terrible, I could barely get through it on DVD.

  • April 5, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    It looks like you're experiencing deja vu zodnotgod

    by lv_426

    Are you sure you don't prefer The Matrix over those other films?

  • April 5, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    It looks like you're experiencing deja vu zodnotgod

    by lv_426

    Are you sure you don't prefer The Matrix over those other films?

  • April 5, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The Mummy part II was OK

    by lv_426

    Not as good as the first one, but up until the horrible Rock-scorpion-centaur CGI crap at the end, it was still fun. I've only watched a bit of the beginning of Mummy part III, and couldn't continue due to no Rachel Weiz. Sorry, but it just really took me out of the movie due to her being one of the most memorable things about the first two Mummy flicks.

  • Saw TPM, took a day off work, got free tickets from my work, went with several friends, got my quote in the local newspaper, BEST DAY EVER! What was the King Kong based on the 76 version like? I dig that movie still.

  • April 5, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    A Mummy Movie without the Delicious Rachel Weiz

    by conspiracy

    ...is like the Bible without Jesus...whats the fucking point.