Universal Pictures has been developing an Untitled Mummy Reboot for quite some time, and back in July, the studio confirmed that this project will be the first in a sprawling, inter-connected franchise that will bring back new versions of the studio's classic monsters, such as Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. An end credit sequence in this month's Dracula Untold helped set up this monster-centric universe, but the Untitled Mummy Reboot will launch the franchise in 2016.
Today, Superhero Movies News reportedly got their hands on the new script for this Mummy Reboot, and have revealed the reboot's spoiler-free opening scene, set in modern day, which you can check out below.
"The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and his teams surprise the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more then some grave robbers who have all magically died. Upon entering the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb. Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find an Black Iron Sarcophagus. It's marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entranced by the forces to open up and release what is inside. But after placing his hand onto the sarcophagus he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star shaped symbol. From then on his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria.....The Mummy."
The site also reports that the script includes other characters such as archaeologist Jenny Halsley, mysterious billionaire Lorenzo Montanari and Malik, the leader of a group known as the Temple Brothers. These details tie into the end credits scene in Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is seen in a modern-day market.
Of course, it hasn't been confirmed if these details are accurate or not, and it isn't known if these details come from the most recent version of the script, or an earlier draft. Alex Kurtzman signed on to direct back in July, from a script that was originally written by Jon Spaihts, with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci providing revisions.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 7) are overseeing this monster franchise for Universal, which will also likely include The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man and Van Helsing, although no other titles have been officially confirmed.
What do you think about these plot details? Are you excited to see all of these Universal Pictures monsters connected to each other in one big franchise? Chime in with your thoughts below.