The Mummy

The Mummy Movies

The Mummy Movies

The Mummy Movie Stars

The Mummy Movies Origin

In 1992, producer James Jacks decided to update the original Mummy film for the 1990s. Universal Studios gave him the go-ahead but only if he kept the budget around $10 million. He brought horror filmmaker/writer Clive Barker on-board to direct. Barkerís vision was quite violent and gory with the story revolving around a man who runs a contemporary museum and turns out to be a cultist trying to reanimate mummies. After several meetings, Barker and Universal lost interest and parted company. Filmmaker George A. Romero was brought in but his vision was a zombie-style horror movie a la Night of the Living Dead and considered too scary by Jacks and the studio who wanted a more accessible picture. Joe Dante was the next choice and he increased the budget size but envisioned someone like Daniel Day-Lewis as a brooding Mummy. This version (co-written by John Sayles) came close to being made with some elements, like the flesh-eating scarabs, making it to the final product. However, at that point, the studio wanted a film with a budget of $15 million and nixed Danteís version.
Then, writer/director Stephen Sommers called Jacks in 1997 with his vision of a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style action/adventure film. He had wanted to make a Mummy film since 1993 but other writers or directors were always attached. Finally, he had gotten his window of opportunity and pitched his idea to the studio with an 18-page treatment. Universal liked this idea so much that they green-lit the movie and increased the budget from $15 million to $80 million.
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