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‘Mama’ Director Circling Universal’s ‘The Mummy’ Reboot

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT

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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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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