Making the most of its owned, but currently unused, properties, Universal Pictures now has some big plans in place for its gallery of classic monsters, which includes the likes of Dracula, the Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolfman. The studio’s attempt to create a shared monsters cinematic universe, which it refers to as “a new world of gods and monsters”, will get going with The Mummy reboot, starring the one and only Tom Cruise.
With Universal having opted to go all-in on its horror-filled idea for a big franchise, clearly demonstrated by the way it enlisted the services of top-tier, and pricey, performers including Cruise and Russell Crowe, many are now interested to see the direction the movies will take. For 54-year-old Cruise himself, The Mummy clearly presents another big opportunity to become the centrepiece in another franchise outside of Mission Impossible, given that the recent Jack Reacher sequel was not received well. The leading man will be keen to keep his name in the Hollywood hat, as increasing numbers of talented young actors begin to break their way through to the top of the casting lists.
The first trailer for The Mummy displays a very different take on the material than what we’ve seen before, and truth be told it’s pretty refreshing. Cruise (Nick Morton) leads a head-turning cast, including the aforementioned Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll), Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet), Jake Johnson (Sgt. Vail) and Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey).
Official Description, Synopsis and Trailer:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
Going by the new footage, it seems that Universal is essentially treating The Mummy like a typical Tom Cruise action flick, with some supernatural scares thrown in. In one way I buy that idea, but I also sell it for the same reason; we all love Tom Cruise action movies, but it makes me question whether the studio actually has any solid plans of their own for this franchise, or if they’re just hiring a horde of A-list stars to make up for the fact that they don’t really have any interesting ideas at this point. If the latter is true, then that means they’re selling The Mummy, and its (potential) sequels, on the basis of its crowd-pleasing, all-star cast alone, and that doesn’t leave me with much confidence in the overall direction that’s being taken.
I suspect the only way we’ll get our answers is by waiting until the film is released worldwide in six months time.
The Mummy creeps into theatres June 9th, 2017.