We are truly into the summer movie season now with the Memorial Day weekend one week away, and after that, it looks like nonstop hits with Wonder Woman and The Mummy, back-to-back blockbusters about powerful women with mythological roots. If you’ve seen any of The Mummy trailers or featurettes so far then you’re probably already sold or unsold on the latest iteration of the classic Universal Studios monster, but if you’re excitement level’s at 9, 10, or 11, then you will definitely want to enjoy this final look at the film before its June release. Once again, welcome to a new world of gods and monsters. (more…)
You’ve seen Tom Cruise run (and run, and run). You seen him hang on to the back of a high speed train, hang on to the side of a plane, and hang off the side of the world’s tallest building. You’ve seen him drive a fighter plane, a stock car, a horse drawn buggy (remember Far and Away? No one? Okay). But have you seen Tom Cruise fight monsters? You will in this summer’s reboot of The Mummy, which not only seems to find Cruise as the central figure in a new monster movie, but will make him the central figure in an entirely new monsters universe franchise. (more…)
Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan is rebooting their Universal movie monsters into a connected Universal Monsters cinematic universe that begins with Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy. I definitely wrote this reboot off, as soon as it was announced, I loved the orginal series and of course without the main cast making it what it was (*cue Brendan Fraiser memes*) I didn’t want to give much attention to it. Of course, I caught a glimpse of the trailer during my evening sit down of The Walking Dead and had to make my way over to watching this “teaser trailer” a few more times. Watch The Mummy Teaser trailer now after the jump.
A lot of big movies come out at this time of year, blockbusters looking to make franchise money, and prestige pictures looking for awards consideration. But this is also a big time of year for pending releases. In the next several weeks, expect to see new trailers for many of 2017’s most anticipated movies, including some ones you might have forgotten that you were anticipating. To wit, consider The Mummy. Not only is it a remake of the classic Universal Monster movie from 1932 starring Boris Karloff, and not only is it the next big movie starring Tom Cruise, but its the kick-off to a shared Universal Monsters universe. And now, there’s a teaser… (more…)
When it comes to the Universal Studios‘ Monsters shared universe, The Mummy is slated to be the Iron Man, the one that kicks it all off! Ironic considering that once upon a time, Tom Cruise was up for the part of Tony Stark, but now he’s the only hope standing between modern day London and a bandaged bad ass from Ancient Egypt. The Mummy is presently shooting in London, and while spy pics from the set are inevitable, Universal is trying to appease us with the official description of the film. There’s no spoilers here, and there’s really nothing surprising either, but what is affirmed below is that this is just the beginning. (more…)
Universal Studios continues development for their “Shared Monsters Universe” which is planning to include Dracula, The Wolf Man, Van Helsing, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein, and The Mummy. The first of the films to come forward was Dracula Untold. The next film as part of this shared universe will be a reboot of The Mummy. This version of the film will be set in current times, and will have a little more star power than the previous versions of the classic monster. The film already has Tom Cruise as the hero and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy leading the film. Other actors attached to the project are Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzar, and Courtney B. Vance. Production for The Mummy has already begun. Another actor is currently in talks to join the film and possibly have their own spin-off film if all goes well.
It was almost 85 years ago that Universal Pictures released The Mummy starring Boris Karloff, who had just a year earlier appear as the Monster in Frankenstein. Coincidentally, Universal also released Dracula in 1931, and in the space of a couple of years, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy would be joined by Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, Werewolf of London and Bride of Frankenstein, firmly ensconcing Universal with the reputation of being the House of Fright. Eight decades later, they’re of course trying to do it all again, starting with The Mummy. (more…)
Johnny Depp will soon not be seen on screen as The Invisible Man, a new version of the classic H.G. Wells story that was first filmed way back in 1933. Forming part of a planned Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe (UMCU?) along with the already announced Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy, due June 2017, and a future Bride of Frankenstein for which Angelina Jolie is being courted, it marks a big gamble by the Hollywood studio. (more…)
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. (more…)
These days, it’s not about the star, or the director, or even the project itself, it’s the release date. They say in real estate the three most important things are location, location, location, but usually there’s a house at that location, and not a vague reference to something that might be a house. Or it might be a parking lot or strip mall. Hollywood’s like that. We’re going to buy a piece of land, and build something there. It might be one story, or it might be seven stories. It might be a bungalow, or it might be a nuclear power plant. You know, whatever. The point is we got the land. In that spirit, Universal Pictures is playing musical chairs with their release dates, moving aside some hotly anticipated franchises in order to make room for the next chapter of newer, more valuable pieces. (more…)