Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts. (more…)
You can’t keep a good monster movie franchise down. At least, that’s what the folks at Universal Studios would want us all to believe. Though their new “Dark Universe” didn’t kick off with as much fanfare as they would have hoped with this summer’s release of The Mummy, the studio that brought us all the original monster movies is moving forward with their plans, and they have announced who they are eyeing to take on the role of Van Helsing in an upcoming film.
It was supposed to be the all-star kick-off to a brand new shared universe, “a new world of gods and monsters,” but that woman persisted at being the top of the domestic box office… Yes, Wonder Woman ruined The Mummy‘s opening weekend by holding on to the number one slot, and making $25 million more than the Tom Cruise action/horror flick. So how does this affect Universal Studios‘ plans for that Dark Universe they’ve been so keen on? Has The Mummy’s less than stellar opening dissuaded them from their monster-verse, or will they carry on with other films in the series? (more…)
Throw An American Werewolf in London, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lifeforce, the ’99 Mummy remake, and Dawn of the Dead: Zack Snyder Edition, into a figurative blender. Subtract everything you love about those movies and the misshapen, shambling, stitched-together mess that results would look a lot like Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, Universal’s desperate attempt to kickstart their own interconnected cinematic universe to rival Marvel or DC and their multi-billion dollar grosses. Without any superheroes of their own, Universal did what any major studio with Fast & Furious money would do: They dug deep into their century-old back catalog and came up with the so-called “Dark Universe,” a shared universe starring Universal’s “famous monsters.” If the stillborn The Mummy is any indication, though, the “Dark Universe” has failure written all over it. And Tom “Mr. 120%” Cruise isn’t to blame, at least not completely. A badly underwritten script pieced together from the work of six credited writers deserves most of the blame. (more…)
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.