Director Len Wiseman Exits 'The Mummy' Reboot at Universal

Jeff Sneider
The Wrap
Director Len Wiseman Exits 'The Mummy' Reboot at Universal

Len Wiseman has exited Universal's reboot of "The Mummy," which is still moving full-speed ahead.

Scheduling issues have forced Wiseman to leave the project.

Producers Sean Daniels, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will begin searching for a new director immediately.

Jon Spaihts wrote the script, which aims to reinvent the "Mummy" series, which grossed $1.25 billion over the course of three films.

Wiseman previously indicated that Kurtzman and Orci were envisioning a darker, scarier take on the "Mummy" mythology that would still appeal to all audiences. Though The Mummy character is a monster, the reboot is expected to provide him with a human personality.

Kurtzman has previously said that the film draws inspiration from the books of Michael Crichton, who grounded fantastical tales in modern-day science.

Wiseman's last film was Sony's poorly-received remake of "Total Recall," which grossed only $58 million in the U.S. on a reported production budget of $125 million.


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