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‘The Mummy’ Telling Two Origin Stories in One Movie

The Mummy (2017) Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe

In this new image from Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy reboot, Tom Cruise is Nick Morton, an amoral tough guy who runs afoul of a resurrected ancient Egyptian, while Russell Crowe is the elusive Dr. Henry Jekyll.

“It’s our ability to sympathize with [these] monsters that has made them endure,” Kurtzman told EW.

“There’s an origin story happening on two different fronts,” Kurtzman added. “I won’t tell you too much more than that, other than to say: One of the things that I think has defined Tom Cruise movies, for 30 years, is that Tom Cruise always saves the day. You know whenever you’re in a Tom Cruise movie that he’s gonna figure out a way to save the day. And that’s great, and it’s why I pay my money to see his movies. However, in the context of a monster movie, it’s challenging, because monster movies are about characters who are often very out of control, and don’t know how to save the day. The first thing I said to Tom was, ‘It’ll be scarier if we can take away the fundamental knowledge that you’re gonna solve the problem.’”

We’re obviously getting the origin story of The Mummy, and apparently Cruise’s Nick Morton, but what about Dr. Jekyll? The thing that I’m most curious about is whether or not Cruise’s character is secretly the next Van Helsing, which was rumored on multiple occasions and would tie all of the monster films together.

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Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

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Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (AnnabellKing ArthurPeaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the TransformersStar Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on.  Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.




  • Saturn

    I remember reading that (still at the rumour stage, so don’t quote me on it) the new movies are in the same universe as the original Universal monsters movies, but set many years later,
    I wonder if Nick Morton is descended from the original Van Helsing, and will take up the moniker at some stage in the series – perhaps from memories of a past life – which could tie it in to The Mummy mythos?

    • John Connor

      How will we know if they are in the same universe?

      • Saturn

        I’ve absolutely no idea mate.
        Perhaps it will be mentioned in passing that the female mummy in this one is a direct descendant, or servant, of Imhotep or Kharis?
        Like I said, it is only at rumour stage – and I can’t find (after a quick Google) the actual source I read it, so, like many other things you read online, take it with a pinch of salt until there is actual confirmation one way or the other from the film makers.
        It would be nice though if the new movies did actually share the same universe as the originals.

  • Cappy Tally

    Follow the breadcrumbs. Nick Morton is going to end up becoming the Mummy.

    • Saturn

      Being gluten intolerant I find it difficult following breadcrumbs, so why do you think that Morton is to become the mummy?

    • Cara

      yeah, I’m feeling it too.

    • THGrimm

      Interesting . . .

  • DJV1985

    I have hopes for this new Universal Monsters cinematic universe but I fear that stuffing it with guys like Cruise, Crowe and other already famous and older actors make it’s difficult to do a sequel if they walk away. Unless they’ve signed onto multiple contracts, which Crowe and Cruise do not like to do (Both have said they go script by script) but apart from that I’m hoping that it turns out well and they take their time.

    This is also one of my issues with Marvel and DC universe films. Sam Jackson has already said that he sees his final film being a Marvel film because of the paychecks and while I can understand that this could mean decades from now or whatever but having older actors sort of hinders a lot of things as well as using established actors because eventually they will want more bank for their time.

    • Richter Belmont

      Those are good points. Personally, I like that they are going after established actors, and not only are they established they are going full on in hiring multiple Award nominees and winners to lend gravitas to the roles. It means that Universal is taking the UMCU seriously. My biggest worry are the scriptwriters and directors. Great actors are only ever as good as the script that is handed to them, and whether a director can bring out their best performance.

      Having said all that, I wish Universal only the best with this project because I adore those classic monsters so much. Same goes for Legendary’s kaiju universe because holy crap, I am so fed up with all this superhero garbage infesting both film and television.

  • CelticBull

    I don’t know… I want to get excited, but all of this seems rushed.

  • Anne Teak

    Tom Cruise?! Yuk! I’m sad about that because I won’t watch this new one now, and I loved The Mummy series. I just can’t like Tom’s face and it’s far too distracting to watch.

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