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The Mummy

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Celebrate Thanksgiving

Ugh. These two. They do Thanksgiving better than anyone else, and they’re not even American. (Twitter)

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Cautiously Optimistic

Director of Mama In Talks for Mummy Reboot, Isn’t Typecasting the Worst?

I look forward to his future projects, Mommy, Maman, and Marmee. But on a more serious note, here’s a ray of hope that Universal’s reboot of the Mummy series won’t be the gritty, soulless re-imagining that nobody asked for.

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Oh Hollywood

Universal Hires Hunger Games Writer for Their Mummy Remake In Case The Writer They Already Have Doesn’t Work Out

So, you remember how Underworld‘s Len Wiseman is directing a Mummy remake? I don’t blame you if you don’t; since the news broke last September we’ve heard virtually nothing about it. But today there’s a curious tidbit from of Vulture: Though the movie already has one screenwriter, Universal has hired another screenwriter to pen a second, competing script. That writer? The Hunger GamesBilly Ray

So, are the two writers going to fight to the death to get their version made, or…?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: New The Hobbit International Poster

A new The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey poster; this time, it’s Argentinian! (The Daily What)

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Suddenly

Universal Taps Underworld Director to Reboot The Mummy

We here at The Mary Sue don’t exactly hide our love for the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz era of the The Mummy. After all, Evie Carnahan is one of our favorite Action Librarians. They’re action/horror movies that didn’t really seem to be made for any reason other than to show the audience a good time, and if they had some outdated tropes and clichés in them, at least it seemed like it was part of a conscious attempt to make a comedy that referenced another era of adventure film, not an unconscious one.

Which is why we’re a little sad to hear that that Len Wiseman, the guy behind Underworld, is Universal’s choice to make their Hammer Horror monster into a brand new franchise. See Rachel Weisz face up there, Universal? That’s the face we’re making.

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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

We Didn’t Ask For This: Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman Producing Reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing

Remember that time I said it wasn’t worth complaining about reboots because there was absolutely no way of avoiding them? Get ready to halt any complaining now, because it was just announced that the Star Trek screenwriting dream team Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman will be serve as producers on reboots of The Mummy franchise as well as Van Helsing. Because, as we have all figured out, there is no reason to create original characters anymore, just take old ones and write new scripts.

It’s fan fiction, everyone. Hollywood has officially turned into a factory of big-budget fan fiction. By the way: Van Helsing will star Tom Cruise, so now it’s fan fiction and celebrities engaging in cosplay. Yup. Go ahead — try to deny that’s what it is.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Katie Cook Zombie Riding A Tony Moore My Little Pony

Well here’s something amazing to have come out of Emerald City Comicon, a joint commission Moore is calling “Zombie Bronie.” It’s the poop pile that makes the whole thing IMHO.  (via Robot 6) Now read on, dear friends, for all the other stuff we saw today! 

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Power Grid

10 Ways To Become Immortal

What’s to explain? Immortality. You want it.

No, don’t give me any of that crap about living longer than your loved ones or statistically if you can’t die than eventually you’re certain to get trapped in a situation where you wish you could. The human race wants to live forever. Somehow. This is why we have anti aging cream, children, art, and religion.

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Power Grid

10 Action Librarians

According to Wikipedia, “stereotypes of librarians in popular culture are frequently negative: librarians are portrayed as puritanical, punitive, unattractive, and introverted if female, or timid, unattractive, and effeminate if male.”

But there are plenty of kick ass librarians in fiction! Like all the time… when they are allowed to be main characters… and aren’t one-scene jokes… um.

So, we made a Power Grid. Yes, this is usually how these things go.

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