Universal is apparently quite eager to get the ball rolling on their upcoming The Mummy reboot.
Looking to secure a summer 2014 release date, the studio has reportedly commissioned a second screenwriter to work on a draft, according to a report by Vulture. Already writer Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is currently pounding out an original script. Now, Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) has been hired to write a competitive draft.
According to an industry insider quoted in the article, the studio hopes that—by having the two work at the same time—they will increased their chances of having a camera-ready draft by late summer or early fall.
In the event that neither script is entirely up to par, the studio may also try to combine the best elements of each script.
“My suspicion is that one of them will be a ‘structure-and-body’ man, and one’s going to be a ‘character-and-dialogue’ man — and that they’ll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers,” explains the insider.
The Mummy reboot, which will be set in modern day, is set to be produced by Sean Daniel, who produced the Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy movies as well as Transformers scribes Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Len Wiseman (last year’s Total Recall remake) will direct.