Reported first and exclusively by Variety reporter, Justin Kroll, it has been revealed that Tom Cruise is in talks for The Mummy. The film, planned to open March 24, 2017, is the first film in a planned series that will reboot the Universal Monsters brand.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan were chosen last summer to help develop a shared universe for Universal, much like the MCU and upcoming DCEU, where its classic monster movie library is the chief brand. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. Jon Spaihts is penning the script. We do not know much regarding the plot, other than it will be set in present day and not in the 20’s like the Brendan Fraser series.
However, Superhero Movie News reported back in 2014 that they had read an early draft of the script. It’s not known if that script is still related to the planned 2017 reboot, but it is worth giving a read:
The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and his teams surprise the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more then some grave robbers who have all magically died. Upon entering the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb. Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find an Black Iron Sarcophagus. It’s marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entranced by the forces to open up and release what is inside. But after placing his hand onto the sarcophagus he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star shaped symbol. From then on his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria…..The Mummy.
It’s written that “Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development.” Having an actor like Tom Cruise involved will nearly guarantee that he’ll have a say in all matters of the production. Christopher McQuarrie, writer and director of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, had spoken of Cruise’s enthusiastic nature for film and being present for filming on days when he wasn’t involved. Everyone that’s worked with Cruise has spoken of how much he loves the craft and for anyone that’s seen his movies, such as this summer’s fifth Mission, will know how he’ll risk life and limb to entertain.
I’d also like to point out that Tom Cruise was previously attached to the Van Helsing reboot, but has since dropped out. Learning of his involvement now with The Mummy would strongly suggest his enjoyment of the Universal Monsters, along with a desire to be a part of a shared cinematic universe. I hope it works out for him as this new series sounds promising.
Stay tuned for more information.