How did you guys feel about Dracula Untold? The movie got a kinda "meh" reaction from critics and fans alike, despite making good on its $70M budget with $217M at the box office. With Universal keen to gear up their mighty Monsters Cinematic Universe, it seemed likely that Dracula Untold would be cut out of the canon, a false start to the MonCU.
Poor Dracula Untold. A victim of high expectations or just a cruddy movie?
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Kurtzman then waxed lyrical about Universal's goals, and hinted that Dracula Untold was a product of trying too hard. Universe building is a Philosopher's stone-type deal: you can only have it if you don't seek it:
"I believe strongly that the only way you can build a universe is not to start by trying to build a universe. If you want to get there, the only way you’re going to get there is if the audience allows you to get there. Meaning, you have to do great individual films first. The audience has to fall in love with those movies first, and those characters first, and if they do and you develop an organic story reason to start bringing them together, great! But you can’t start with ‘Let’s just mash everybody together.'
In order for you to enjoy 'The Mummy,' you have to have a satisfying mummy experience. If we are then in that context able to set up a larger world? Great! But the setup of that larger world and whatever characters [star Tom Cruise] may meet over the course of 'The Mummy' movie have to be part of 'The Mummy' movie. It cannot take you out of that.”
Even if you're a Brendan Fraser–Rachel Weisz kinda amateur archaeologist at heart, the new Mummy does look like a lot of fun:
The Mummy hits theaters June 9, 2017.