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Universal really, really wants to get a reboot of The Mummy made by 2014. So much so, that the studio has hired two screenwriters to write two different scripts.
Vulture is reporting that the studio recently hired Billy Ray, the writer on The Hunger Games, to write a second script while the previously hired Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts works hard on his own.
Both scripts will be set in the present day. By commissioning two separate scripts, the studio anticipates that at least one will be ready to go by this summer or fall. That way, the studio can have at least one blockbuster set for 2014.
A Universal insider told Vulture, “Studios don’t shoot movies anymore...They shoot release dates.”
According to Collider, Universal has recruited Len Wiseman, the director of Underworld and the Total Recall remake, to direct the film. Star Trek’s Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will produce. Wiseman is a risky hire, especially since Total Recall forced Sony to take a $50 million loss.
Universal first made a version of The Mummy in 1932, starring Boris Karloff. Then in 1999, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz starred in the first reboot, which spawned three sequels and the Scorpion King spin-offs.
Universal is in dire need of a franchise, especially after Battleship bombed last summer, so it looks like the studio is banking on The Mummy getting made.