Out of all of the movies that terrified me as a kid and look totally ludicrous now, The Mummy is possibly the one I think most fondly of. The rugged, likable mug of Brendan Fraser, the Scottish charm of John Hannah and the irresistible pull of late-'90s Rachel Weisz combined to create a highly enjoyable romp... and BUGS!
There's been much brouhaha surrounding the upcoming reboot of The Mummy - part of Universal's complete revamp of its monsterific back catalogue - but now some serious star power has been added to the mix... Tom Cruise has joined the production. Variety reports:
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an 'Avengers'-style tie-in film.
Cruise's role isn't exactly clear, but with plenty of development credits to his name, this kind of high-profile addition to The Mummy roster should only help this ambitious reboot.
What's most interesting is the idea that the new Universal monsters are planned to come together for a Avengers-style monster dream team. This will have to wait until the individual creatures have performed solidly enough to generate interest in a Universal group movie; glossy early entry Dracula Untold tripled its budget at the box office but was critically panned.
If The Mummy is a success, the upcoming Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe movies are The Wolf Man on March 30, 2018 then Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bride of Frankenstein.
The new Mummy reboot will have a present-day setting and be totally separate from the Brendan Fraser franchise. In another interesting change, The Mummy will be a rather attractive young lady rather than bald priest Imhotep. You may recognize actor/dancer Sofia Boutella from Kingsman; as Evelyn says,
"I've never seen a mummy look like this before."
The Mummy hits theaters June 9, 2017.