Universal Pictures is moving quickly with its ‘Monsters Universe’ series, which will take classic monster films of the 1930s and 1940s and re-energise them for a new generation. First up is The Mummy, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts is promising a terrifying experience for cinemagoers.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where he was busy promoting his work on Doctor Strange, Spaihts opened up about the new horror film.
“I think (there is) a similar desire to legitimately explore the frightening and the cosmic. In The Mummy, I think we’re going to see the first Mummy film in the entire Universal canon with the true power to terrify. The earliest Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi Mummy movies were scary in a small way, perhaps a dated way. They were almost parlor movies. Subsequent movies have been more swashbuckling. This one is going to have all of that action and adventure, but a legitimate power to terrify. I think that’s going to be the new experience of that film,” said Spaihts.
Directed by renowned showrunner Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III, Fringe), The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as adventurer and mercenary Tyler Colt, who becomes involved with the discovery of the tomb of a long lost Egyptian Queen (Sofia Boutella). Soon Colt discovers that the Queen was robbed of her destiny, and cursed for all eternity, but when her sarcophagus arrives in London she rises from her grave and sets out to get her revenge on all of humanity.
Universal is also moving quickly to fill out the cast of The Mummy, as well as its other monster movies. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe is set to cameo in The Mummy as Dr. Henry Jekyll, while Johnny Depp is rumored to be taking on the role of The Invisible Man. Javier Bardem is also said to be in negotiations to star as Frankenstein’s Monster. There are even rumors that Luke Evans will return as Dracula following his performance in 2014’s Dracula: Untold.
The prospect of a new Universal Monsters universe is very exciting for horror aficionados. and with the promise that these films will legitimately amp up the scares, we’ll certainly be keen to see what comes next.
The Mummy will be released in cinemas on June 8, 2017 in New Zealand and Australia and on June 9 in the US and UK.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter