You can often find The Mummy and its sequels airing somewhere on your TVs on any given weekend. And if you don’t change the channel, we don’t blame you. Because they’re good stuff. Action, romance, Rachel Weisz and Brendan Fraser in his prime, it was all great fun.
Those modern reboots were considered loose remakes of the original 1932 The Mummy, which starred Boris Karloff. And now it’s getting a fresher, even more modern spin — this time, with Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.
Cruise has already been busy filming Universal’s Mummy reboot but reports of Crowe playing a Jekyll-type role were just confirmed by the actor himself, who said the 2017 film is “designed to seriously scare the sh*t out of you.”
“I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society,” he told Collider in an interview. “It’s very interesting, what they’re gonna do with that stuff. I’ve had a couple of chats about it with the director [Alex Kurtzman].”
As for his co-star, Crowe said, “I’ve known Tom Cruise since 1992, or something like that. When he was married to an Australian, I was really good friends with him. But when he got divorced, I was part of the settlement package, and I went to Nicole [Kidman].”
Russell went on to praise writer-producer Kurtzman on the project he’s undertaking. “When we started talking about this idea, there were a few things I put up in the air and he picked up on them. Those kinds of creative collaborative conversations, if they’re explosive like that from the first time you start talking, and somebody says something that goes off in your mind and that bumps up something that you say and that other person bounces off of that, you’re actually in a really good place.”
Crowe added: “How they’ve pulled all of this stuff forward into a contemporary world and how they’re building it out from there, and how all of the different characters interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic.”
Universal’s plot description for The Mummy sounds a little like the Mummy movies of the past, but we think the new one is where it’s going to take a turn from campy and fun to freak-your-freak horror flick.
“Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen 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.”
Crowe joins Sofia Boutella as the titular mummy, as well as Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson and Courtney B. Vance. And Cruise, of course. The Mummy is scheduled to hit theatres on June 9, 2017.
Just look at them, at the 2000 premiere of Mission: Impossible 2. They’ve still got it.