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Oh, what a rollercoaster you're taking us on Universal! Last spring, with "Prometheus" still buzzing on everyone's minds, the studio snapped up that film's original writer Jon Spaihts to pen their reboot of "The Mummy." Okay, if it's gonna happen, he's a decent enough choice. And then in September, they bizarrely announced that Len Wiseman, coming off the stink of "Total Recall," was going to direct. Far from our first choice, but we get it, he can do effects stuff in his sleep. But now it seems like they're still not sure what they want to do. Vulture reports that Universal has hired Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," the upcoming Paul Greengrass thriller "Captain Phillips") to write a competing script. Why? Well, the studio is very keen to revive the series that has banked over a billion so far, and they have dead aim on a 2014 release date. So the »

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