'The Mummy' remake hires 'Total Recall' director Len Wiseman

British director promises a "darker" and "scarier" twist on the classic tale

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Universal's reboot of the The Mummy film franchise has hired a director.

The remake will be helmed by Len Wiseman, the British filmmaker behind the Underworld series and this year's Total Recall reboot starring Colin Farrell, Deadline reports.

The new movie is being produced by Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci alongside Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks, who worked on the three Mummy films starring Brendan Fraser. That trilogy, which ran between 1999 and 2008, was based on a classic 1932 horror movie starring Boris Karloff.

Discussing the reboot with Deadline, Wiseman promised a modern twist on the classic tale, saying: "When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well. It's a darker twist on the material, a scarier version."

The reboot is being scripted by John Spaihts, co-writer of Prometheus, and is being lined up for a summer 2014 release. No casting announcements have been made yet.

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