First immortalised by Boris Karloff in 1932, The Mummy has been a horror classic time and time again in cinema. For many filmgoers, the most well-known and recent iteration is the Stephen Sommers-directed and Brendan Fraser led The Mummy back in 1999. A box office hit, the Egyptian horror/adventure/comedy spawned two sequels - The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) - as well as an animated TV series and the spin-off film series The Scorpion King, the first of which starred Dwayne Johnson. However the third film in the trilogy was not as financially successful as its predecessors and also suffered critically.
Universal Pictures is now working on a reboot of The Mummy franchise in order to launch a rebooted version of Universal's shared monster movie universe. Action veteran Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Jake Johnson (New Girl) are starring in the film, with Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness) in the director's chair. The plot sees Cruise's ex-Navy SEAL take on a Mummy that is being played by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
Coming Soon has posted the first set photos of Cruise and Wallis - who, in the latter's case, is playing an archaeologist - filming scenes in Oxford, England for The Mummy reboot. The pictures show a night shoot somewhere in the center of the famous university city. While these images don't really give much away, what the photos do confirm is that the film is set in the present day (as previously reported), as we can tell by the contemporary clothing being worn by the pair - something that makes all the more sense, what with Cruise playing a former Navy SEAL.
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The real question is: why is Cruise's Mummy character in Oxford, England? Although the plot crafted by screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, the upcoming Doctor Strange) remains a mystery at this stage, it would appear that Cruise is there to see Wallis' archaeologist, who probably works at the university. Perhaps it's an early scene in the movie with Cruise attempting to recruit her to go with him to Egypt? This seems more likely than a repeat of The Mummy Returns' opening act, in which a whole host of mummies are resurrected inside the British Museum - surely not in Oxford too? After all there's a famous museum of archaeology there called the Ashmolean, which has a whole host of Ancient Egyptian mummies. Maybe Wallis' character works there?
At this stage, there's little more to do than speculate about the plot for the Mummy reboot, based on the set photos and (unofficial) details reported thus far. Let's just hope that whatever Kurtzman and his collaborators are developing here will put a fresh spin on The Mummy property - setting a solid foundation for Universal's renovated monster universe, now and in the coming years.
The Mummy opens in U.S. theaters on June 9, 2017, followed by a currently-untitled Monster Movie on April 13th, 2018.
Source: Coming Soon