Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct "The Mummy" remake for Universal. Len Wiseman ("Total Recall") was originally tapped to helm the project before being replaced by Andy Muschietti ("Mama") who eventually left as well. The movie is set for April 22, 2016.
Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus") worked on the script and so did Kurtzman and his former writing partner Roberto Orci. The story is still scarce, but the revamped version is expected to be an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It will take place in the modern world and feature new characters.
"Over the course of developing 'The Mummy', Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology," said co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum. "He knows why 'The Mummy' has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well."
"The Mummy" is going to be a platform to launch Universal's "Monster", a crossover project also headed by Kurtzman and Chris Morgan ("Fast and Furious"). The Mummy will cross path with other iconic monsters from the studio's classic movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature of the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, and Bride of Frankenstein.
Kurtzman made his directorial debut with 2012's drama "People Like Us" starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde. He is also attached to helm "The Amazing Spider-Man" spin-off "Venom (2017)", while his ex-writing partner Orci is tapped to sit behind the lens for "Star Trek 3".
The duo was initially expected to write "The Amazing Spider-Man 3", but the movie has been postponed to 2018 after the lukewarm performance of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" which they also co-wrote.