Anyone up for a little sc-ROLE reversal? (Scroll/Role? Too cheesy?)
With just enough information coming out in regards to The Mummy, and knowing just how much attention the Universal Monsters Universe of film architects, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, have paid to the original classics, true fans can expect something special to be unwrapped June 9, 2017. We here at UMU have watched the 1932 classic almost religiously and the Karl Freund The Mummy is a hard act to follow, along with being a monster movie that was never actually properly remade in the truest way that honored the John L. Balderston screenplay.
So, in taking a look at the original Mummy and thinking about the 2017 reintroduction, story (what we know so far), and cast (so far), here’s something that we believe fans can expect to see!
According to what we do know about the 2017 film, Tom Cruise is a (former) special forces soldier and is part of a team, including Jake Johnson and possibly Courtney B. Vance as an Army colonel, who awakens a mummy and is affected by its powers. Based on what we’ve seen from week one filming, Cruise’s character is leaving the Royal Thames Hospital and is visibly disoriented. This is the only footage that we’ve seen so far but this seems to confirm the original plot that was released some time ago that concerned itself with Cruise’s character being bewitched and cursed by the mummy.
In 1932, Zita Johann‘s character Helen Grosvenor is also hypnotized by the mummy under his guise of Ardath Bey years after he is awakened.
Even though the 2017 film will be set in a modern-day environment with a hint of military overtone, it is clear to see writer Jon Spaihts had the 1932 version in mind. While it remains to be seen what other connections the two films may have, let’s take into consideration that the 1999 Stephen Sommers film only carried over the names from the 1932 film such as Imhotep, Ardeth Bay and Anck Su Namun.
It would not be surprising to see the Zita Johann 1932 Mummy character in the Jon Spaihts’ written character for Tom Cruise in 2017’s Mummy. Especially considering Sofia Boutella’s role as the title character/creature. The Mummy could very well be one of the closest films in tone, concepts, and themes to the 1932 Universal classic that started it all.
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The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts. It stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, and Courtney B. Vance. The film is set to open June 9, 2017.