Universal’s efforts to ensure that its reboot of its remake of its bootmake of The Mummy has already included assigning it to Len Wiseman, whose work on the Underworld series and the recent Total Recall remake has demonstrated he has a flair for avoiding flair, that superfluous creativity that can so often delay a project from reaching its targeted release date. Now that quest for machine-like efficiency has proceeded to the semi-unusual step of hiring two screenwriters to draft competing versions of the same film, hoping that using their shared manpower they can produce a serviceably acceptable retread.

As Vulture¬†reports in passing along their insider information, Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts will now be squaring off against The Hunger Games‚Äô Billy Ray, with the idea that between the two they will surely come up with enough adequate ideas for one ‚ÄúMummy set in modern society‚ÄĚ movie. ‚ÄúMy suspicion is that one of them will be a ‚Äėstructure-and-body‚Äô man, and one‚Äôs going to be a ‚Äėcharacter-and-dialogue‚Äô man ‚ÄĒ and that they‚Äôll then just gang-bang them together into one script, crediting both writers,‚ÄĚ that insider says, in the least sexy use of the word ‚Äúgang-bang‚ÄĚ in recorded history. So, provided Universal‚Äôs intentional clusterfuck goes as planned, The Mummy should be ready to fulfill expectations of having a mummy in it and also there‚Äôs someone running from him, probably next to Kate Beckinsale, all by summer 2014.

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