The Mummy Archives goes back to basics

We all know that vampires are, like, totally vogue at the moment. Perhaps that’s why Dimension Films have decided to invest in a similar monster myth update.

Except they’re crafting anew the decidedly less sexy mummy – yeah, those wound and bound corpses who moan and stalk around trying to kill people.

The LA Times report (opens in new tab) that producer Doug Wick has come up with the idea of a mummy flick that goes the Paranormal Activity route.

Which means it’ll be “a more artful and modestly budgeted version of The Mummy ”, while having absolutely nothing to do with Stephen Sommers’ Indiana Jones -inspired romps, nor Lon Cheney’s 1944 Mummy’s Curse .

Wick reveals that the film will follow a gang of young people who are haunted by a mummy curse, while most of the action will take place in the “unseen realm” (i.e. off screen), as we only ever witness the before and after of devastating events.

Could work. Dimension have reportedly enlisted Spanish director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego to helm the project and also write the screenplay. It’s been budgeted at a very modest $5m (hello recession), and no doubt ‘body actors’ Andy Serkis or Jackie Earle Haley will be approached for the mummy role.

Do we need another movie about mummies? If they’re done right, they could be creepy, silent shufflers. Time will tell if we can banish memories of Sommers silliness in time to have Archives make our skin crawl.

Yummy mummy? Or would you rather stick to the vamps?

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.