Back in September, we reported that Universal Pictures had hired Len Wiseman to direct their Untitled Mummy Reboot from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. While this is still fundamentally true, there is a new wrinkle in this story. The studio has now hired The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to write a competing draft.
One insider believes that both drafts will be combined into one solid shooting script. Here's what the unidentified source had to say.
"My suspicion is that one of them will be a 'structure-and-body' man, and one's going to be a 'character-and-dialogue' man - and that they'll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers."
A competitive writing environment like this is said to be rarely used, because screenplay credit arbitration is, "usually a nightmare." Still, there is the possibility that the studio may use one or the other, in hopes that production can begin this summer so they can still hit their summer 2014 release date.
"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."