Tom Cruise May Outrun 'The Mummy' (And Maybe More Universal Monsters)

Tom Cruise May Outrun 'The Mummy' (And Maybe More Universal Monsters)

Nov 24, 2015

When most people think about The Mummy they picture Brendan Fraser running around a bunch of late '90s CGI in a broad family adventure comedy. A few generations before that, though, The Mummy was a more serious affair; a legit horror movie about archaeologists who carelessly and cluelessly reanimated the corpse of a dark priest who was buried alive centuries ago.

Recently Universal has been plotting a reboot for The Mummy (and its other classic monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein) for yet another new generation, and now they may finally have found the gas to get everything off the ground thanks to negotiations with potential star Tom Cruise. Unfortunately it's currently unclear if he'll be playing a human character or the undead Egyptian priest Imhotep, but honestly we're pretty excited either way. [Update: Now Deadline is refuting Variety's report, saying they're told that no deal is on the table as of now.]

Yes, the Tom Cruise is going to (hopefully) star in The Mummy, and potentially even more Universal monster movies. The studio hasn't been shy about their desire to create a unified monster universe (they recently hired writers Jon Spaihts and Eric Heisserer to work on it all), and so if Cruise does join The Mummy, it's expected he'll eventually crossover into the other movies, which could include Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and/or Creature from the Black Lagoon

Cruise isn't the only A-list actor Universal is reportedly chasing for one of these monster movies. Earlier this week word got out that the studio wanted Angelina Jolie to star in Bride of Frankenstein. We don't know if that's actually progressed as far as negotation phase or if she's just on the top of a wish list, but between Cruise and Jolie, it's safe to say these will be very different movies than the Brendan Fraser Mummy series or its spin-off, The Scorpion King.

 

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