Alex Kurtzman will Direct Universal’s Reboot of THE MUMMY [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: Universal has delayed The Mummy release date by a few months, making room for the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel The Huntsman, and announced that the film release date is now set for June 24, 2016, instead of April 22, 2016.

Yep, Hollywood seems to think Alex Kurtzman and his buddy Roberto Orci are the only screenwriters in town. Per various outlets, Universal has taped him to direct their latest incarnation of the original, Boris Karloff Mummy.

Previously we shared the news that Kurtzman and screenwriter Chris Morgan would be spearheading a crossover universe for the Universal Monsters starting with The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016.

The new Mummy movie will be set in present day and will be more of an action-adventure tentpole than a horror play that previous director Andy Muschetti (Mama) envisioned after Len Wiseman (Underworld) left the project.

Kurtzman and his former writing partner Orci worked on the script along with Jon Spaihts.

Okay, I love the idea and I want to hope that Kurtzman is the poison in the Orci/Kurtzman relationship. Let’s stay positive.

It is after all to be hoped that he’s directing a Venom movie once he’s done with this.

I do also hope they enlist Guillermo del Toro to bring Frankenstein to the big-screen.

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Here’s official description of the film:

A legend that has endured since the dawn of man is reborn in THE MUMMY, Universal Pictures’ all-new epic action-adventure. THE MUMMY is conceived with dramatic intensity by an imaginative creative team led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producers Roberto Orci, Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious series, Wanted) and Sean Daniel (The Mummy trilogy, The Best Man series). Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay, and Bobby Cohen executive produces.