Tom Cruise plays Navy Seal named Tyler Colt, who goes on a mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. However their prey turn out to be mere grave robbers who have all magically died, and when they go inside the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control, which is when they realise they are actually in an ancient tomb. While his men end up turning on each other, Cruise’s character is the only one make it all the way deep within the tomb alive and find an ominous black iron sarcophagus. After he tries to open it he is stabbed in the palm and his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, more informally known as The Mummy.
Tom Cruise plays Navy Seal named Tyler Colt, who goes on a mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. However their prey turn out to be mere grave robbers who have all magically died, and when they go inside the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control, which is when they realise they are actually in an ancient tomb.
While his men end up turning on each other, Cruise’s character is the only one make it all the way deep within the tomb alive and find an ominous black iron sarcophagus. After he tries to open it he is stabbed in the palm and his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, more informally known as The Mummy.
- Filmed in Oxford, England.
- Writer Jon Spaihts gave new details on the tone of the film, saying: "I think [there is] a similar desire to legitimately explore the frightening and the cosmic. In The Mummy, I think we’re going to see the first Mummy film in the entire Universal canon with the true power to terrify. The earliest Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi Mummy movies were scary in a small way, perhaps a dated way. They were almost parlor movies. Subsequent movies have been more swashbuckling. This one is going to have all of that action and adventure, but a legitimate power to terrify. I think that’s going to be the new experience of that film." Spaihts elaborated a bit more in another interview, saying: "I call it horror adventure, I think it does both things. It pays homage to the original Karloff version, to be sure, and you'll see references there, but it is refreshing many things. By the time a monster makes it into kids cartoons and becomes a common Halloween mask, it's time to reclaim its original scariness, to inject some originality. Alex Kurtzman and I and the army of artists who labored to make the film have really found new ground upon which The Mummy can scare people." (11/08/16)
- Russell Crowe had a recent interview where he spoke a bit about his role in the film, saying: "I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director (Alex Kurtzman)." He went on to say that the film is “designed to seriously scare the shit out of you," which would be quite a change from the Action-Adventure of the past films. (5/11/16)
- Russell Crowe will play "Jekyll-like role opposite Tom Cruise."
- Actor Jake Johnson (New Girl) will reportedly play a "member of the military."
- It's rumored that Tom Cruise will play a "special forces soldier (or former soldier)."
- Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle) is in talks to play an archaeologist in the film. (3/07/16)
- Originally had an April 22nd 2016, a June 24, 2016 and a March 24th 2017 theatrical release.
- Sofia Boutella (StreetDance 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service) will reportedly play the mummy.
- Currently the project is “set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations.” (7/31/14)
- Apparently director Andy Muschetti (Mama) has left the project due to "creative differences."
- Jon Spaihts wrote the current draft of the script, which reimagined The Mummy franchise in modern day with new characters not seen in previous iterations and a protagonist imbued with a human personality.
- Apparently the project has changed direction as Universal is aiming for a more family-friendly action-adventure blockbuster.
- When Len Wiseman was previously attached to direct The Mummy, he indicated that producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were envisioning a "darker, scarier take on the Mummy mythology that would still appeal to all audiences."
- Len Wiseman (Underworld series, Total Recall remake) was originally going to direct, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
- Billy Ray (Flightplan, Breach, The Hunger Games) has been hired to write a completely different script, so the project has two scriptwriters at the moment. The studio believes that one of the scripts will be a good enough to move forward with, if not, possibly combining both will. (2/14/13)
- Apparently the Mummy in this film will be quite different than what we're used to, which is one of the reasons director Len Wiseman joined the project, saying: "One of the things that interested me with this mummy is, he’s still in essence a man. They haven’t turned his brain into a monster brain. He still has a personality and is very cunning and calculating. He’s a true character in any form, and in creature form, even if he is that staggering creature, it becomes more important that he’s a thinking, calculating person."
- Co-writer Alex Kurtzman was quoted saying: "We’re reaching into the deep roots of The Mummy, which at its beating heart is a horror movie and then an action movie, and putting it into a context that is real and emotional. It’s still a four-quadrant film but as a lot of recent movies have proven, audiences are hungry for more than they used to be. You can still have a family movie, an action movie that’s more grounded than these used to be. Without saying too much, we’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Michael Crichton’s books, and how he ground fantastical tales in modern-day science."
- It's said to be a "darker twist on the material, a scarier version."
- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of K/O Paper Products (Cowboys & Aliens) will help produce and develop the project.
- Jon Spaihts was quoted saying: "I see it as the sort of opportunity I had with 'Prometheus': to go back to a franchise's roots in dark, scary source material and simultaneously open it up to an epic scale we haven't seen before."
- Writer Jon Spaihts also scripted The Darkest Hour and Prometheus.
- This film is part of Universal's new monster universe, where they are rebooting classics from their library and intend to have them all link together with common characters, similar to what Marvel has been doing with their superhero films.
- The franchise received a reboot in '99 with Stephen Sommers big-budgeted take on The Mummy. Sommers would return for the sequel a couple years later. A third entry was made in 2008 with Rob Cohen at the helm. This entry will not be related to Sommers or Cohen's version.
- This is intended to be a "reboot" of Universal's The Mummy franchise.
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