Get ready, Universal is gearing up to create a monster universe, and first up on the slate is a remake of the popular 90’s film, The Mummy, originally starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. In line with other recent reboots such as Ghostbusters, the new mummy will be a lady. Algerian actress Sofia Boutella is in talks to play the titular role in the creature feature helmed by producer/director Alex Kurtzman. Doctor Strange co-writer Jon Spaihts has penned this screenplay, as well as one for the next monster movie, Van Helsing, although both he and Kurtzman are keeping mum about the plot details.
Boutella is most well known for her breakout role in 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service where she played Gazelle, a beautiful and dangerous henchwoman with deadly blades for legs. She’ll also be starring in next year’s Star Trek Beyond. She is a classically trained dancer who has toured with Madonna and shown off some break-dancing moves on commericals for Nike. Potentially joining Boutella in the film is a man you may have heard mention of once or twice, none other than Tom Cruise.
The Mummy is to be the first in a series of interconnected monster films that Universal hopes will become a cinematic universe. They are obviously trying to keep up with the DC and Marvel Universes that have become incredibly lucrative for Disney and Fox Studios. The plan is to draw from classic creature flicks with well known characters such as Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man. It’s not a bad idea, if executed correctly, but can a monster universe really garner as much popularity as its comic book counterparts? The last few monster movies have not fared all that well. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, even the originally Van Helsing have all been decidedly so-so. But it does seem to be the current Hollywood trend to bring back the classics, such as the also mediocre Victor Frankenstein released last month and the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The Mummy is currently scheduled for a March 2017 release, although the current status is still officially “in production”.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter