The Hollywood reboot factory is still pushing forward endlessly while most of us sit back confused and wondering why some movies are still on the role to be remade. The latest movie franchise nearing a reboot is the ‘The Mummy’, but it seems the new take on the 1932 original pic is stuck in development hell. The production suffered a big blow with the departure of visionary director Andy Muschetti. The “Mama” helmer was supposed to replace Len Wiseman behind the lens but he reportedly made a swift exit due to creative differences. It is disappointing to see Muschetti leave the project, his background and experience would have been key to reinvent the “Mummy” franchise. The new take on the classic tale is said to be edgier with a much darker undertone compared to the previous releases. Muschetti was apparently on par with the vision set out for the reboot, but Universal had a family-friendly action adventure approach in mind.
Brendan Fraser’s “Mummy” reboot spawned a very successful trilogy which proves once again that cash is king in most decision making to reboot iconic franchises. The very popular family-friendly action adventure movies grossed over $1,2 billion collectively, with each pic raking in no less than $400 million worldwide. The last thing we need is another regurgitated effort of a family movie with a bad guy wrapped in dirty sheets. We will have to wait and see how this one is going to pan out.