Russell Crowe has recently confirmed his involvement in Alex Kurtzman’s remake of The Mummy, kicking off a slew of Universal movies that will (in a Marvel-esque fashion) unite the studio’s classic monsters in one shared cinematic universe.
While the 1999 version of The Mummy, along with its Brendan Fraser-fronted sequels, were fun-for-the-whole-family action/adventure flicks, the reboot, according to Crowe, is “designed to seriously scare the s--- out of you.” - perhaps drawing inspiration from Karl Freund's chilling 1932 film that starred Boris Karloff in the title role.
“I’m gonna play Dr. Henry Jekyll, Fellow of the Royal Society. 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).”
One such “interesting” point is the fact that the reboot will be set in modern times, with star Tom Cruise cast as a terrorist-hunting Navy SEAL who stumbles on the classic monster. While it remains to be seen how Crowe’s character, the iconic man-turned-monster, fits into this setting, Crowe has had nothing but good things to say about how Kurtzman is approaching the project:
“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 character interweave into each other’s stories, it’s fantastic."
Universal recently released an official synopsis for The Mummy, which not only hints at what audiences can expect from this movie, but also makes it clear that it's intended as a franchise-starter for Universal's shared monster universe.
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.
Along with Crowe and Cruise, The Mummy stars Sofia Boutella as the titular monster, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and Annabelle Wallis. Kurtzman is a writer and producer, known for his work on other large-scale, fanciful films like Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sean Morgan, who produced the original Mummy, returns as producer, alongside Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
The Mummy is slated to hit theaters on June 9, 2017.