mummy Dimension Films, the Weinstein Company's genre label that brought us Scream and From Dusk till Dawn, is bringing the Mummy back to big screen. But don't expect to see Brendan Fraser swashbuckling his way through another cheesy action-adventure flick.

The studio has hired Spanish indie filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego to write and direct The Mummy Archives, billed as a lower budget (around $5M) and more artful creepshow in the vein of Paranormal Activity.

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Mummy Archives will feature a group of young (sexy?) people plagued by a mummy curse. Most of the action will apparently take place off-screen while the audience watches the characters experience the effects of the curse.

It's hard to get too excited about this project, especially since I've never seen Lopez-Gallego's award winning 2007 thriller El rey de la montaña (The King of the Hill). A quick look at that film's trailer proves that he can cut together a pretty good looking reel, but it doesn't exactly make me want to rush out to watch the guy's entire catalog. Still, its refreshing to see a relatively well-known studio tapping a young moviemaker for an original genre project, even if it's only an attempt to cash in on PA's success (and I hope it's not!).

Anyone out there familiar with Lopez-Gallego's work? Should we put The Mummy Archives on our must-watch list for next year? Say yes, please.
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