Universal Prepping Backup 'Mummy' Script, in Case This Other 'Mummy' Script Is Awful

February 14, 2013


Say what you will about Universal Pictures, but when it comes to desperately churning out a franchise reboot to make up for the failure of Battleship, they are pretty dutiful about hitting their arbitrary deadlines.

mummy.gifAnd so, with a planned, groundless Summer 2014 release fast approaching for their would-be The Mummy reboot, the studio has reportedly now hired on Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray to begin work on a draft completely independent of the one Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts began last year. The idea, it seems, is that this will give Universal a backup plan to start production in the case that Spaihts' script is completely unusable--say, if he accidentally writes Brendan Fraser back into it. Though it's also just as likely, sources say, the two scripts will somehow be Frankensteined together, for lack of a more apt horror monster verb:

"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," explains [Vulture's] insider, adding that this competitive screenwriting process is rarely used "because credit arbitration is usually a nightmare."

As previously reported, Len Wiseman--who just forgettably rebooted Total Recall--is directing the reboot. So if either screenwriter includes a scene where the Beckinsale-like female lead cartwheels over the mummy to gun down a set of exploding canopic jars, that will probably end up being the "structure-and-body" guy. (The "character-and-dialogue" guy is obviously whoever concludes with "That's a wrap.")

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