|Directed by||:||Alex Kurtzman|
|Produced by||:||Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel|
|Written by||:||Jon Spaihts, Christopher McQuarrie|
|Starring||:||Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe|
|Production Company||:||K/O Paper Products, Sean Daniel Company|
The Mummy is an upcoming American film directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Jon Spaihts and Christopher McQuarrie. It is a reboot of The Mummy franchise and is intended to be the first installment in the Universal Monsters shared universe. The film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe. The film is scheduled to be released on June 9, 2017. Info Source: Wiki
#1 Tom Cruise? Really?
The brilliance of the original Mummy franchise was that it didn’t take itself too seriously, the exact life motto apparently taken up by Brendan Fraser.
Fraser brought the charming humour the films needed to be fun-filled adventures. And he defeated a magic immortal man with just a few pistols and a book.
Tom Cruise, meanwhile, seems to be taking himself ever more seriously, and seemingly entirely unaware a lot of people aren’t.
It’s fair to say this will probably mean another attempt at “gritty”, which will die whenever there’s a ridiculous stunt that needs to get done or basic logic is forgotten by apparently brilliant people.
#2 Another reboot?
This trend is becoming a curse. A bad omen smacked on a film before it’s even put into production. Recent examples of abject reboot failure include: TMNT, Nightmare on Elm Street, and of course, Spider-Man.
It’s not even as if The Mummy’s own previous franchise tie-ins have been glowing. The Scorpion King spin-offs! Tomb of The Dragon Emperor!
Yes, Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor. Remember that? Effectively a previous quasi-reboot of The Mummy series seven years after The Mummy Returns, it was an utterly disappointing movie that had nothing connected to the first two films, except Brendan Fraser, therefore cutting any heart-strings attached to the saga thus far.
The focus was shifted to Rick and his angsty teenage son’s rebellion, making the film more of a tedious family drama rather than an adventure.
At least The Scorpion King had a connection to the original premise by being another Egyptian myth, and starring a villain from The Mummy Returns.