While Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are busy establishing their own monster movie universe for themselves, with a Kong vs Godzilla crossover in the works right now, Universal is busy establishing a similar cinematic universe for itself at the same time. Comprised of the classic, old school Victorian American movie monsters like Frankenstein and The Wolfman, the studio has ambitious plans for an interconnected universe, that was originally supposed to begin with 2014’s Dracula Untold. But this year, the universe is getting off to a bit of an unexpected start with The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the idea of bringing The Mummy to life on the big screen again isn’t all that strange or unique, as much as the way the film’s doing it is. Set during the present day, the film follows Cruise’s character when he crosses paths with an ancient force the likes of which he and the rest of the world have never seen before, played this time by Sofia Boutella.
The first trailer for The Mummy didn’t offer all that much in terms of story details or characters either, but was much more focused on selling the tension, look, and horror that Kurtzman is attempting to capture with the film. The result was just a couple brief shots of Boutella’s Mummy near the end, which were met with both positive and negative reactions from fans and casual moviegoers alike. Now, Trailer-Track is reporting that the second full-length trailer for The Mummy is officially on its way, and may be premiering like the previous one did, with The Walking Dead season finale this Sunday on AMC.
Considering that The Mummy is set to hit theaters this June, it’s not necessarily surprising to hear that Universal is planning on dropping another trailer for it this week. Especially now that more of the special effects on the film are likely completed, allowing for more plot details and CGI-heavy shots to be featured throughout it’s rumored 2 minutes and 31 seconds long runtime.
Based on a script written by Jon Spaihts and frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, The Mummy is shaping up to be one of the strangest blockbusters hitting theaters this year. It won’t just act as a kick-off to its cinematic universe by introducing The Mummy either, with Russell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll also confirmed to be appearing in the film, as it sets out to tell his character’s iconic origin story at the same time as Boutella’s Mummy is introduced. Now, that’s a whole lot for one movie to hold up on its own, and it’ll be interesting to see how well The Mummy actually does at setting up the rest of this ambitious monster movie universe.
Source: Trailer Track