Alex Kurtzman could be set to direct a reboot of 'The Mummy'.

The 40-year-old director - whose writing credits include 'The Legend of Zorro' and 'Cowboys and Aliens' - has already been confirmed as the film's producer, alongside Chris Morgan.

Jeff Kirschenbaum, co-president of production at Universal Pictures, told The Hollywood Reporter: ''Over the course of developing 'The Mummy', Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology.

''He knows why 'The Mummy' has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.''

Len Wiseman and Andy Muschietti were previously attached to direct the film while Sean Daniel and Bobby Cohen have been handed producing roles.

Details of the script remain a closely-guarded secret, but it's been revealed that the remake will be set in the present day and will take on an action-adventure genre rather than a horror and will feature entirely new characters.

'The Mummy' is to be the first of a series of Universal film franchises scheduled to undergo a reboot, with the studio announcing an April 2016 release date.