‘The Mummy’ is the inaugural film in a new classic monster series from Universal Pictures.
It sees Tom Cruise play a soldier of fortune plundering ancient sites for artifacts, who during a battle in the Middle East, accidentally unearths an ancient princess, played by Sofia Boutella.
The last ‘Mummy’ run of films was between 1999 and 2008, a franchise which according to Box Office Mojo, made a worldwide total of more than $1.4 billion.
But the latest revival is only the first chapter in a series of films that will make up what Universal is calling ‘Dark Universe.’
Aside from the stars involved in ‘The Mummy,’ other big names already on board include Johnny Depp, who’ll play ‘The Invisible Man,’ and Javier Bardem as ’Frankenstein’s Monster.’
Universal’s monster pictures ran between the 1920s and 50s, which started with silent classics like ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ starring Lon Chaney.
They continued with talkies including franchises such as ‘Dracula,’ ‘Frankenstein,’ and in 1932 ‘The Mummy’ starring Boris Karloff.
Such characters were also brought to life in the mid-50s through to the seventies by Hammer Film Productions—including 1959’s ‘The Mummy’ starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Another movie Universal is reviving is ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ which already has a release date, Valentines Day 2019.
It’ll be directed by Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Gods and Monsters,’ a film about the last days of the original ‘Frankenstein’ director James Whale.
Whale also created ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ a character Condon describes as “the most iconic female monster in film history.”
Linking the different films in ‘Dark Universe’ is a mysterious multinational organisation known as ‘Prodigium’ which is led by Dr. Henry Jekyll, played by Russell Crowe.
Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world.
‘The Mummy’ was directed by Alex Kurtzman, seen here on set, on a production budget of $125 million.
But the birth of ‘Dark Universe’ was a collaborative effort between Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan who said “When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures.”
‘The Wolfman’, ’The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ and ‘Van Helsing’ have also been confirmed as upcoming films in the series.