Well, if the trailers are any indication, the upcoming Universal reboot of The Mummy is definitely the Tom Cruise-iest version of the film it could possibly be. Explosions on airplanes, lots of running, car chases and stunts normal actors would say no to.
In the latest (and likely final) trailer, we also get to find out that Tom Cruise’s character’s survival of the oft-featured plane crash is because he’s been “cursed” by the Mummy. So yeah, expect him to do some undead punching I guess? I mean, seriously, this movie looks like Mission Impossible with mummies, and I’m kind of okay with that.
The first trailer for the newly rebooted version of The Mummy was full of Tom Cruise driven stunts and explosions. Now, with the second trailer, we actually get to find out a bit about the headlining villain/monster.
Throughout the trailer the central sitar riff of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” keeps playing, and while my brain desperately spent the whole time wanting the rest of the song to kick in, it sets the appropriate tone. That said — creepy shots set to creepy music (which likely won’t appear in the film) are not much of an indicator as to whether the film will be any good. But hey, it can’t be worse than Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
When I say “a Mummy movie starring Tom Cruise,” the first thing you probably thought of was “A sarcophagus strapped down in an exploding airplane while Tom Cruise uses his mildly-panicked face.” It’s an image no other actor would summon, but once we knew Tom Cruise was involved, exploding airplanes were kind of expected.
Well, the trailer editors agreed with me at least, and that’s what you’ll see in this first trailer for Universal’s newest installment in their bizarre shared monster movie universe. There’s not a lot else to say here though, because frankly — I’m not sure how much this feels like a “Mummy” movie in the first place.
Look, I’m not against Universal’s shared monster-movie universe. I don’t think it’s actually necessary of course — but if the films are made well it could be fine. With that in mind, the reboot of The Mummy (starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman) is expected next year to kick it off.
One of the elements of any shared universe, of course, are characters who carry over from one film to another. With that in mind, it’s now been confirmed that Australian actor Russell Crowe has been cast in the film as none other than the legendary Dr. Jekyll.
The part is expected to be small, but as Jekyll is such a legendary character (along with his alter ego Mr. Hyde), it’s easy to predict that eventually Universal is planning a stand alone Jekyll and Hyde film in the future. Y’know, if this first movie doesn’t flop hard or something.
Combined Cinematic Universes are very “in” right now with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s weird dual TV/Movie situations. Universal, not to be left out has decided to create their own. But they don’t own any comics the way Disney and Warner Brothers do.
But they do have quite a few monster movie franchises.
Universal has hired Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to mastermind the plan, and I honestly am looking forward to find out whatever weird thing they end up coming up with. I probably won’t go see it, but I want to know what it is.
It all starts with Dracula Untold this October, then followed by the new Mummy film in 2016. Of course, if these guys really want their cinematic universe to pick up, they’ll need to release more than one movie every two years.