Over the last few years Alex Kurtzman (along with Roberto Orci) has made a major career producer and writing the likes of Transformers and Star Trek. Now he’s moving towards directing and has already signed up helm Sony’s Amazing Spider-man spin-off, Venom.
Two weeks ago, it was announced that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan would be in charge of creating an interconnected monster movie universe for Universal Pictures. Now THR reports that Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first part of this universe, a reboot of The Mummy, which he and Morgan will also write.
A reboot of The Mummy franchise was in the works before the idea of an interconnected series of movies was spawned, however it’s believed that the change of plans has completely altered how they will approach the movie, resulting in a completely new script being needed. The earlier idea was apparently that the reboot would be a straightforward horror movie, but now it will be more of an action-adventure with horror elements.
That said, it’s suggested the film will take place is set in present day, with completely different set characters compared to the last three Mummy movies.
It’s likely Kurtzman will make The Mummy before Venom, as the former already has a June 24th, 2016 release date, while Venom is currently undated.