According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s The Mummy reboot, the first, tone-setting film for the studio’s shared universe (i.e. Marvel model) monster movie reboot that’ll include Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Kurtzman was already attached to the project as producer. The film will reportedly be a full reboot, without any ties to previous film incarnations, and will be more of an action-adventure vein with horror elements set in modern day.
With a release date of May 22, 2016 for The Mummy, the news also seems to place an air of uncertainly around the other shared universe film Kurtzman is attached to direct – Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Venom.
Sony recently scheduled The Sinister Six for 2016 and Amazing Spider-Man 3 for 2018. Assuming Kurtzman remains attached to Venom, 2019 seems like the earliest likely bet for actually seeing that film in theaters, unless Kurtzman can manage to direct two major tent pole movies within one calendar year.