I feel incredibly stupid for actually enjoying Stephen Sommers‘ The Mummy. It was 1999 and for some unknown reason I really dug Brendan Fraser‘s Indiana Jones knock-off. I realized that what I was watching has already been done, and done better, by Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford, but I’m always down for an adventure. The film hasn’t aged the greatest, but I still revisit it from time to time. The second film, not so much and the third film…don’t even think about it!
Bad Ass Digest reports that original Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts is working on a darker approach to the Universal monster.
Here’s a direct quote:
“I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with ‘Prometheus’: to go back to a franchise’s roots in dark, scary source material, and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven’t seen before.”
So it’s sounding more like a loosely made dark reboot of the franchise that featured Fraser as Rick O’Connell and not so much a stab at material that was previously brought to life by Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr.
I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing, but I’d much rather prefer something that plays it closer to the original interpretations of The Mummy character. Less action/adventure and more horror and scares. Do you agree?