Andres Muschietti is in preliminary talks to helm The Mummy for Universal. The director and co-writer of the Guillermo del Toro executive produced horror film Mama would take over the role vacated by Len Wiseman, who dropped out of the contemporary reimagined reboot earlier this summer. After some meetings in August, Muschietti started talking to Universal last week, I’ve learned. While still ongoing, things slowed down due to the recent executive shake-up at the studio. Not that Muschietti doesn’t have a good track record with Universal. Opening on January 18 this year at the Box Office top spot, Mama has grossed over $147.7 million worldwide for Universal. The director is in development on the post-apocalyptic Bird Box for the studio. The three pic franchise has been a big success for Universal, grossing over $1.25 billion worldwide since the first Mummy came out in 1999.  The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor was released in 2008. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products are producing the new Mummy with Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts wrote the most current draft of the screenplay. Muschietti is represented by Resolution.

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