Last night during the Sunday Night Football telecast, the first trailer for the recent remake of the Boris Karloff classic (or Brendan Frasier version depending on your lack of movie education) premiered. Check it out after the jump:
For those of you who are not familiar with the original 1932 version, it was initially a horror film (which still stands the test of time if you ever have a chance to catch it on TV). With the 1999 remake, the once eerie movie became an action flick. The latest version seems to have taken up the bang-flash torch and ran with it. Literally running, because that is all Tom Cruise seems to do in his movies lately is hang off of a plane and run in hopes we forget his is a very strange man. I’m not hating on the casting of Cruise. If this is the route Universal is going to continue down, he is the perfect action star because of his oddness.
The first entry in Universal’s Monsters Shared Universe follows a group of explorers led by Cruise’s Nick Morton and Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) who uncover the tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Removing her from her final resting place has woken the mummified royal and now she is out for something “she has been denied.” Needing help to stop her, Morton and Halsey turn to Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crow setting up the next monsters film Universal is hoping to make happen).
The trailer features the creature wreaking havoc over modern day London which is my only gripe about this new version. One thing the 1999 remake did right was keep the 1920’s Egypt the setting for the movie’s events. Somehow, it allowed for the audience to buy into the premise of magical sorcerers, plagues, and armies of mummified warriors.
The Mummy will be a decent action flick for sure, but will it be enough to generate interest in a shared universe starring Universal’s beloved monsters? We will find out come June.
Update: A behind-the-scenes featurette was released this morning showing off more of the sets and stunts further solidifying my opinion this will be a fun action film for the summer. I’m a big fan of practical over CGI. The featurette also hints the next monster movie will be a remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and will star Crowe.
Starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Javier Botet, and Courtney B. Vance, The Mummy arrives in U.S. theaters June 9, 2017.