The Mummy seems content to lay buried with Universal taking the brunt of a curse that has prevented the studio from launching the project, but Tom Cruise may be coming to rescue the proposed film. Universal’s ambitious plan is to reboot the original Boris Karloff film from 1932 and move forward from there in a new horror/fantasy/action franchise, though it seems the 1999 Brendan Fraser reboot will not be a part of this new offshoot.
Universal is hoping to launch a re-imagining off their classic monsters line of films in the hopes that the multiple franchises will compete with Walt Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Comics film franchises produced through Warner Bros.
Universal Hopes Tom Cruise Will Bring The Mummy To Life
Universal Pictures has pushed back the release of its reboot of #TheMummy by three months. Originally slated for March 24th 2017, it will now open June 9th of that year opposite "World War Z 2" and the final film in the "Divergent" series. Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella are confirmed to star in the action-adventure which hopes to serve as the launching pad of a cinematic universe starring the classic Universal monsters line-up including Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein and Van Helsing. Alex Kurtzman directs from a script by Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman, Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce. Pic creds: @reel_film_news
It isn’t enough to just re-launch a popular film franchise, even one as with as much classic film lore as The Mummy, especially with the rising numbers of both film budgets and expected box office returns. To succeed with the first outing and secure the financial feasibility necessary for continuing a franchise, that first film needs the power of a big Hollywood name. A name like Tom Cruise.
In fact, Universal seems to be going out of their way to attract as many big name celebrities to The Mummy as they can. In addition to Cruise, Universal has tapped Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond) to play the film’s villanous mummy.
Beyond The Mummy (How’s that for a film title?), Universal is planning to bring The Wolfman back to the screen with a theatrical release date of March 30, 2018, as well as the Frankenstein and Dracula film franchises. The general idea is that each monster will release a film every year, modeling the predictable yet heartless classic monster film releases of the 60s and 70s. Angelina Jolie has already been rumored to have been cast as the title character in the upcoming Bride of Frankenstein reboot.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to make money, but, if that’s Universal’s sole reason for bringing these classic monster movies back with no respect or love for horror, this seemingly ambitious project is doomed to failure.
Brooke Shields Reveals The Odd Atmosphere At Tom Cruise’s Home, Says The Security Made Her Feel Like A Spy
Tom Cruise is again taking heat for his connection to Scientology. First, Leah Remini disclosed the disheartening way the Cruise children were raised to treat family members the Church of Scientology deemed Suppressive Persons, which has caused friction between Tom’s ex-wife, Katie Holmes, and Cruise’s children, Connor and Bella. In light of Remini’s revelations, it’s certainly understandable why Nicole Kidman has remained silent about her own dealings with Scientology.
Now, Brooke Shields reveals even more odd behavior and, while there’s no proof that Tom’s eccentricities are related to Scientology, it certainly seems that the one influences the other. Years ago, Brooke and Tom had a falling out that developed into a feud. Tom called to bury the hatchet, figuratively speaking, and, upon reporting the request to her publicist, Ms. Shields was advised not to go to Cruise’s home. While Brooke did follow that advice on that one occasion, she did find herself visiting the Mission: Impossible star’s estate at another time.
“I felt like I was 007, or I was Bourne. It was so much security. It was all dark, and it was quiet,” Brooke Shields said of going to Cruise’s home to deliver a wedding present for Cruise and then-fiance Katie Holmes.
Brooke says that it got even weirder, later on in the couple’s marriage. She recalls spending time in the maternity ward with Katie Holmes, where she witnessed more cloak and dagger activities. This time, however, it involved the newly born Suri Cruise.
“Nobody had seen the baby, so who knew that the baby existed? Except for the fact that Suri was born the same date, same hospital as Grier,” the actress said. “We get upstairs and I look out the window, and there’s helicopters and movie cameras, news cameras outside. And I’m like ‘This is an outrage! Who alerted the media? Can’t I just have a baby?’ And the nurse comes in, she’s like, ‘Honey, it’s not for you.'”
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