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The Mummy

1/29/16 - Tom Cruise is officially on board with Universalís movie reboot of The Mummy.  The studio has set a new release date which will now open on June 9, 2017, with Sofia Boutella also on board as the villain.  Penned by Jon Spaihts, the monster movie will be helmed by Alex Kurtzman.  The new Mummy reboot is the first in a series of movies using characters from Universalís monster universe films that will culminate in a massive crossover movie event.  Source:


7/30/14 - Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universalís reboot of The Mummy.  Kurtzman is producing the movie with Chris Morgan. Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate, with a release date of April 22, 2016. The movie is important as it will set the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.  Plot details are being kept under wraps, but itís understood that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It also will feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.  Jon Spaihts worked on the script. Sean Daniel also is a producer on the project. Bobby Cohen is executive producer.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter


7/31/13 - Len Wiseman has exited Universal's reboot of The Mummy.  Scheduling issues have forced Wiseman to leave the project.  Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will begin searching for a new director immediately.  Jon Spaihts wrote the script.  Source:


4/4/12 - Universal has hired John Spaihts to write the screenplay for a reboot of The Mummy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Sean Daniel will return to produce.  Stephen Sommers wrote and directed the fantasy adventure, which grossed $416 million worldwide in 1999. Sommers' 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, did even better, grossing $433 million. Rob Cohen directed the third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which grossed $401 million in 2008.  The Scorpion King, based on a character from The Mummy Returns, grossed $165 million in 2002.  -  Living Among You Since 2004