April 04, 2012 2:00pm PT by Jay A. Fernandez , Borys Kit
Universal Unwrapping 'The Mummy' Franchise
Universal has decided to unwrap its billion-grossing Mummy franchise. Prometheus co-writer John Spaihts has been hired to write the screenplay for a feature reboot, and Sean Daniel, who produced the franchise's first three pictures, will return to produce the new iteration.
Stephen Sommers wrote and directed the period fantasy adventure The Mummy, which grossed $416 million worldwide in 1999. Derived from one of the studio's classic horror properties, the film helped rejuvenate Universal after such late-millennium bombs as Babe: Pig in the City and Meet Joe Black.
Sommers' 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, did even better, grossing $433 million. Rob Cohen directed the third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which grossed $401 million in 2008.
The Scorpion King, based on a character from The Mummy Returns, grossed $165 million in 2002.
Repped by Paradigm and Circle of Confusion, Spaihts wrote the 2011 Summit release The Darkest Hour, and he has World War Robot and an untitled sci-fi project set up with Jerry Bruckheimer.
Fox will release Prometheus, co-written by Damon Lindelof, June 8.