Alex Kurtzman Might Be Ditching Sony’s ‘Venom’ to Direct ‘The Mummy’ Reboot for Universal

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bill-swift - August 2, 2014

Alex Kurtzman has written and produced some pretty huge pictures, from Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness to The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And technically he is still attached to direct the Spider-Man villain spinoff Venom.

However, we heard last week that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were tabbed as the architects for the new Universal Monsters Movie Universe reboot, which made us scratch our heads and wonder how he's going to juggle all these massive projects. Then this week, as reported by The Wrap, he was officially announced as the director of the first of the new Universal Monster movies, a remake of The Mummy as made famous by Boris Karloff. So now we really have to wonder: is Kurtzman moving on from Sony's Amazing Spider-Man universe?

It's not a given at all. Sony pushed The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018, then pushed The Sinister Six up to 2016. That means Venom, which was always supposed to come after The Sinister Six, would probably come out some time in 2018 or beyond. And with The Mummy now slated for a 2016 release, that would leave enough time for Kurtzman to squeeze it in.

But will he want to? The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is flagging. If the Sinister Six doesn't revive it, you'd have to wonder if Kurtzman would bail and focus on his monsters.

I guess we'll have to stay tuned.

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