Universal Pictures is dead-set on making their Shared Monster Universe a reality. It didn’t take off as planned with the failure of “Dracula Untold”, so they’ve now turned their hopes on Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe to ignite that flame with “The Mummy”.
I don’t have a whole lot of faith in it, thanks to “Transformers” writer-turned-director Alex Kurtzman. But to be fair, the guy deserves the benefit of the doubt at least this one time. Cruise is also a very hands-on guy, often serving as a producer with creative input on his movies. So maybe he’s been able to sharpen this one into something half-decent. This latest, and purportedly last trailer seems to suggest we’re in for a fun popcorn flick. It’s not going to be remotely scary, contrary to what the filmmakers are saying. But all I am hoping for is for it not to suck or even worse, be utterly forgettable. This footage hints that the movie will be action-heavy, with ample showdowns between Cruise and the titular monster, played by “Kinsmen: The Secret Service” actress Sofia Boutella. And I’m betting if this thing takes off, we’re going to see a lot more of Crowe. Could he be the puppet master behind all the monsters? We’ll find out in a couple of weeks…
Here’s the official synopsis: “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 crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (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.”
“The Mummy” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie, and also stars Annabelle Wallis (“Annabelle”), Jake Johnson (“Jurassic World”), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson”) and Oscar winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). It premieres 9th June.