Underworld's Len Wiseman unearths The Mummy for modern times

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Dust off your bandages and prepare to enter Universal's tomb for a reboot of Egyptian proportions. Wiseman tosses vamps and werewolves for a crinkly dead pharaoh, resurrecting the "T" in terrifying horror flicks.

Universal's love for The Mummy dates back to 1932, when Boris Karloff wrapped himself in dingy whites for the lead. There have been several remakes, including Hammer's 1959 Technicolor outing, with Christopher Lee shuffling around causing trouble, and the Stephen Sommers action-fests The Mummy and The Mummy Returns in 1999 and 2001, starring Brendan Fraser.

Wiseman is currently finalizing plans to direct an updated version of the classic tale with a dark, gritty slant. Here are his comments on the project regarding bringing The Mummy back to life in the 21st century:

"There was skepticism. The difference between the two, if 'The Mummy' is to be the next movie for me, is that 'The Mummy' is a completely different film. It is a modern-day take. It doesn't have anything to do with the Brendan Fraser films, and it is not a remake of any kind.

"'The Mummy' is one of Universal's longstanding, iconic characters, well before the Brendan Fraser movies ... This is such a different thing. What was attractive to me ...There is still a script to be written, and all of that. ... But the pitch was to go with a much different tone. It was a Mummy like I'd never heard of before. It's nothing like what you would expect, at all, oddly. I was picturing Egypt, and the sand-swept settings. The mummy wrappings. When I heard what they were wanting to actually do with it, it was shocking.

"It's horror. Its epic. It's more of a modern-day version of what would happen if we came across a mummy in our world today. It is pretty fascinating."

Universal's The Mummy is hoping to crawl into theaters sometime in 2014.

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