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'The Mummy' reboot hires 'Hunger Games' writer

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Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray has been hired to write a screenplay for Universal Pictures' reboot of The Mummy.

The scribe, who also worked on Flightplan and State of Play, will pen an alternative take on the classic horror property set in the modern day, according to Vulture.

The Mummy (1959)

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A still from The Mummy (1959)

Total Recall UK premiere: Len Wiseman

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Director Len Wiseman



Universal previously hired Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts to script the project and will reportedly choose between the two screenplays upon their completion.

Len Wiseman will direct The Mummy for the studio with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci producing alongside Sean Daniel.

Total Recall director Wiseman previously told Digital Spy that his take on the property will be "shockingly different" to the financially successful Brendan Fraser-fronted trilogy.

The Mummy is scheduled to begin shooting later this year for a summer 2014 release.

Watch a trailer for The Mummy (1999) below:

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