Universal's Mummy Reboot Has Two Competing Scripts

Posted 8:57 PM February 14th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
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Vulture has discovered that Jon Spaihts is not the only writer working on the screenplay for Universal's Mummy reboot. The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray is too. The kicker is that they're both working on separate, but competing script for the same movie.

Why? Universal is hedging that by having two scripts written at the same time will allow the studio to have a script ready to shoot in the late summer or early fall for a summer 2014 release. They can't both suck, right?

However, one insider believes the reason Universal is doing this is because the two scripts may be combined at some point.

"My suspicion is that one of them will be a 'structure-and-body' man, and one's going to be a 'character-and-dialogue' man — and that they'll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers," the source said.

Either way, a Mummy movie that takes place during contemporary times is coming our way summer 2014. Let's hope both of writers can give us something good.

Len Wiseman is attached to direct the movie, and those expecting an action-packed movie in line with the Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser may be disappointed.

"It is a modern day take. It doesn't have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind ... It's horror. Its epic. It's more of a modern day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today," Wiseman said.

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