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.