Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Universal Reviving "The Mummy"

Universal Pictures is reviving its "Mummy" movie franchise, with writer Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus") drafting a re-booted screenplay, that may well connect to 'ancient astronauts'.

Spaihts intends to go back to the franchise's roots of 'dark, scary source material'.

Universal originally released "The Mummy", starring Boris Karloff in 1932, followed by sequels "The Mummy's Hand', "The Mummy's Tomb", "The Mummy's Ghost", "The Mummy's Curse" and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy".

In 1999, the source material was re-imagined by director Stephen Sommers with "The Mummy", "The Mummy Returns" in 2001 and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" in 2008.

"The Mummy" 1932 horror feature was directed by Karl Freund, starring Karloff as ancient Egyptian priest 'Imhotep', who is revived when an archaeological expedition finds his 'mummy'.

One of the archaeologists, despite a warning, recklessly reads aloud an ancient life-giving spell.

Imhotep escapes from the archaeologists, taking the 'Scroll of Thoth' and prowling Cairo, seeking the reincarnation of the soul of his ancient lover, 'Princess Ankh-es-en-amon'.

Ten years later, Imhotep has changed his name to 'Ardath Bey', a modern Egyptian, and shows archaeologists, where to find the tomb of the Princess. The archaeologists find the tomb and give the mummy and the treasures to the Cairo Museum. The archaeologists thank Bey for giving them the information.

Imhotep then finds Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), a woman bearing a striking resemblance to the Princess and he attempts to mummify her and make her his bride.

In the end, remembering her 'past life', she prays to the goddess 'Isis' to save her. A ray from the statue of Isis bursts out and burns the scroll that gives Imhotep life and he crumbles into dust and bones.

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