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.” 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.
Earlier this year, the Tom Cruise-starring Mummy remake hit theaters. Admittedly, it was a film that not a lot of people were asking for, as we’d gotten our fix years prior with the Brendan Fraser remake. However, if there was one thing this film had that any previous incarnation didn’t, it was the prospect of a shared universe. Going straight into it, Universal planned on creating a self-proclaimed Dark Universe that would consist of many iconic monsters including the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, and many more.
Unfortunately, be it from the negative reviews of The Mummy, the lack of interest in a remake, or filmgoers’ aversion to the growing number of shared universes out there, but the film didn’t do well. When all said and done, it made less than $400 million worldwide, and likely last the studio north of $50 million. Suddenly, this huge Dark Universe they had planned is off to a rocky start.
Should they really begin a universe that starts off with a loss? And what does this mean for the inner circle of creatives, of which The Mummy Alex Kurtzman is supposedly a part of? Well, as with anything in Hollywood, nothing is set in stone, and that certainly seems to be the case with this whole universe.
While at the TV Critics Association press tour, when asked about knowing when to call it quits on projects, Kurtzman stated:
“I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of Star Trek if your passion isn’t there you shouldn’t be doing it.”
When asked specifically by IGN about his involvement in the Dark Universe going forward, he said:
“You know the truth is, I don’t know. I really don’t know. I haven’t really decided. Is the honest answer.”
It admittedly doesn’t sound like he’s too enthusiastic about it. It’s either that or the higher ups at Universal are second guessing their entire strategy with that one. After what happened with The Mummy, there’s no way they could go forward as originally planned.
The solution? I think they should continue forward with these films — except make them for less than $20 million a pop, meaning that there’ll need to be more of a focus on the core concept, not straight action. This will help mitigate the costs that go into creating a big world like this, as well as allow these characters to shine as originally intended.
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