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Wiseman Out

By Robert T. Trate     August 01, 2013

In a recent rant on about Hollywood not having original properties anymore, the site reported that Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) has in fact dropped off from The Mummy relaunch. Universal has confirmed this fact so the relaunch of The Mummy is back into development hell. 

The relaunch which started back in 1999 featuring Brendan Fraser grossed north of $1.25 billion worldwide. Now Deadline argues that The Mummy not being in Wiseman’s future is a good thing. I have to say that it is a good thing for The Mummy. Certainly Underworld has its cult following but the reboot of Total Recall was abysmal. Let us not forget that his next project is directing the TV pilot for Sleepy Hollow

Th last thing we need is another rehash of Fraser’s Mummy Trilogy. In fact an old school horror movie with practical effects is more of what the audiences are crying out for. A good example of which is The Conjuring.

Sound off below Maniacs. Wiseman off The Mummy, a good thing or a bad thing?


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jedibanner 8/1/2013 10:04:53 AM

It's kind of hard to say is this a good thing or not since I don't think Wiseman has the kind of reputation that's established negativelly as omeone like Ue Bowll or Michael Bay or Schumaeker.

Sure Total Recall bombed but is it the story that's bad or was it how it was shot that was the issue? I'm guessing it's the story so I wouldn't really blame Wiseman.

A remake already is kind of the issue right now IMO and it is sad that nothing is fresh and  new in Hollywood.

redhairs99 8/1/2013 10:15:51 AM

 I gotta disagree with you, Bob.  I just watched the Total Recall remake back in June and I was very surprised.  It was quite enjoyable.  Not as good as the Arnold version, but it was still a decent flick.  I especially liked the set design in the Australia continent.  Very Blade Runner-esque.  

And while I'm not really a fan of the Underworld series, the first was okay and I really liked Live Free or Die Hard quite a bit.

As always, to each his own.

mrdjspaz 8/1/2013 11:24:19 AM

"the reboot of Total Recall was abysmal." Thank you! No Mars. No Mutants. No Thanks!

redhairs99 8/1/2013 11:47:17 AM

 My understanding is that they didn't go to Mars and there weren't mutants in the book. The new movie was supposed to be closer to the source material though I don't know exactly how faithful since I haven't read the book.

hanso 8/1/2013 12:44:03 PM

 Wiseman sucks balls but he bangs Kate Beckinslae so good for him.

monkeyfoot 8/1/2013 12:57:08 PM

I'm glad Wiseman isn't doing the remake only in the sense that from my understanding this re-boot of the Mummy was supposed to be more horror than adventure like the Fraser starrer. The new one was to evoke more the gothic style the original Boris Karloff film which doesn't seem to be Wiseman's forte. They need to find a director to make it "spooky".

I haven't read the short story Total Recall was based on but I remember a basic synopsis someone told me. of it.

SPOILER ALERT........... 

In the Phillip K. Dick story he didn't go to Mars but like the Arnold version he had dreams of being a spy there, went to the Recall store and when they started to give him his dream discovered he was actually a top spy on Mars. They got scared, dumped him unconscious back at his home. Then a real government spy agency shows up and told him he was in fact a spy but had his memory erased becuase of all the secrets he knew and they had to kill him now that he began to remember it. He didn't want to die but asked them instead to take him to Recall to give him a different memory to forget what he knew. They take him back. He asks to have memories of a different dream he had of meeting aliens and they agree. When they put him under for those memories their readings indicate that the Alien dream was also true. As a spy he met aliens on Mars who were going to destroy the Earth but they liked him and said they wouldn't destroy it as long as he was alive. The story ends there with the spy agency unable to erase his memories or kill him for fear of Earth's destruction.

That's what I recall off the top of my head from the synopsis. I actually wish they had based the remake off of this story instead of the basic "run and chase" they made.

Wiseguy 8/1/2013 2:42:12 PM

I don't mind him dropping out but I think Wiseman is ok. The Underworld films are decent, Live Free or Die Hard was pretty good IMO. Total Recall is the one film that felt a bit short but I think having to measure up to the awesomeness of Verhoeven's version was too much

DarkXid 8/1/2013 3:03:47 PM

 I would personally like to see them either A) Wait 20 years before attempting a remake of a property or B) Trying to remake crap movies into good movies.

For instance if they could remake something like Batman and Robin or Avatar into more than the rolling turds that they are, I'd be okay with a remake in less than 20 years.

hanso 8/1/2013 3:07:13 PM

 So then the remake of Avatar would make $5 billion and win the Best Picture Oscar!

Dazzler 8/1/2013 5:15:19 PM

Sheesh word of mouth on Conjuring is making me want to see it before it leaves the theatres.  But I do want to see RIPD and White house down first. 

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