THE MUMMY || In Universal’s bid to set up their new “Dark Universe” which will bring to life their classic movie monsters that basically started the horror genre itself, with the likes of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man returning to the screen, but in a connected universe, The Mummy will be the basis for said universe. Bride Of Frankenstein will be the next installment in the newly created franchise, with Angelina Jolie being eyed for the title role and Javier Bardem entering as Frankenstein’s monster. Johnny Depp is pegged to play the role of The Invisible Man in his own film as well. You may remember Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans in the title, and how it was originally pitched as the beginning of the connected universe, even leaving an open ending that was going to be the launching off point, but since then, Universal has appeared to put all their eggs in this new basket.
In the final Mummy trailer, we get more insight into how Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton survives a plane crash with the mummy on board, with the mummy having basically given him some of her power, which translates to a mostly Cruise versus Sofia Boutella, who plays title character. Russell Crowe will likely be the glue that bonds these films together, acting as the resident Nick Fury of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Dr. Henry Jekyll, the leader of a mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium, whose mission is to “to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it.”
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Directed By: Alex Kurtzman
Studio: Universal Pictures