I’ve been cautiously optimistic about Universal Pictures’ upcoming The Mummy reboot, along with their Classic Monster Universe films. The studio released a quick teaser for the trailer, and everything looked great in that.
Now we finally get a chance to see those shots in context as Universal has unleashed the first full teaser trailer for The Mummy. You can check that out below!
Does this look anything like the original The Mummy film? No, not at all, but neither did the Stephen Sommers reboot and I liked that film so I have no problem with the change in tone which is more along the lines of Mission: Impossible than a straight up horror film.
The big revelation here is that Tom Cruise’s character dies and is brought back to life. During a press event for the trailer’s release writer/director Alex Kurtzman revealed that he will be cursed. Here’s what he said (via The Hollywood Reporter):
“The Mummy is making you do things you don’t want to do. You’re cursed. You don’t know what’s going on. Suddenly, you made a very unreliable protagonist. When you do that, all bets are off.”
Another interesting thing to note is that Kurtzman finally provided definitive answer as to whether Dracula Untold would be part of this monster universe, he just said “no.” I always thought it was a weird film that seemed to be shoehorned in at the last minute, but it also means we may get a new actor play the role of Vlad the Impaler.
He also hinted that Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll could be the connective tissue between all of these films. He runs an organization called Prodigium that is responsible for tracking the monsters.
“We wanted to understand the context of the Mummy in the larger world and we wanted to know that monsters had existed for millennia, and we knew as the story evolved, we wanted there to be an organization who had been cataloging them and been following them,” said Kurtzman. “And we said, ‘Well, we could make up a character who is going to be the voice or we could look to monster mythology and say, “Is there a character who could organically fit into the story, that wouldn’t detract from the Mummy story, but would in fact enhance it?”‘
But just because there’s a Nick Fury-like character doesn’t mean that all the monsters will show up in an Avengers-style movie in the near future.
“There has to be some kind of unifying reason if you’re going to do something like that. By the way, maybe they don’t come together in one movie. We aren’t necessarily going to do The Avengers. There might be reasons for this character and that character to come together because of storytelling, because that’s what the story wants. The story is what drives the choices. If down the line there’s a big reason to bring them together, great. But I promise you, we are not starting there.”
The Mummy will premiere in theaters on June 9, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.