Movie PictureAccording to Variety, Paramount has set The Mummy director Stephen Sommers to write and direct a remake of the 1951 sci-fi film When Worlds Collide.

Sommers, who last directed Van Helsing, will begin scripting immediately. In the original, scientists discover that another planet is veering dangerously close to Earth, and they make plans for a small group of humans to leave the planet before the inevitable deadly collision.

When Worlds Collide is expected to be ambitious in budget and scale.