Len Wiseman is set to reboot the Mummy films with a new, darker twist on the material.

The Underworld and Total Recall director is aiming towards a summer 2014 release date and called his version "scarier... it's a darker twist on the material". Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts will pen the script.

"One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he's still in essence a man" Wiseman explained to Deadline. "They haven't turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He's a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he's a thinking, calculating person."

"When I first heard Universal was relaunching this, that is the image that popped into my head, the period tale, the old monster, but when Bob and Alex [Orci, Kurtzman, producers] pitched it, there was a great new take and approach, and a very different mummy as well."

"Without saying too much, we've drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton's books, and how he grounded fantastical tales in modern-day science" Kurtzman added.