Ben Seresin has been named as the director of photography on ‘The Mummy’, directed by Alex Kurtzman and the first proper installment in the Universal Monsters Universe of shared films.
After much speculation as to who would be serving as the D.P. (director of photography) on Alex Kurtzman’s upcoming The Mummy, Universal Monsters Universe has learned from Digital Orchard Group that Ben Seresin of World War Z and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the man working alongside Kurtzman on Universal’s upcoming monster movie. While there were some fans that believed The Mummy would reunite many of the same crew members from Kurtzman’s 2012 directorial debut, People Like Us, it is quickly becoming apparent that with most first time installments in planned franchises, that the studio has had more creative control over the choices of the team assembled. With that said, Alex Kurtzman is the director, producer, and creative architect steering the Universal Monsters squad and has, no doubt, had plenty of say in who has been selected to work on this “gods and monsters” movie, out June 2017.
Ben Seresin is no stranger to major tentpole films such as World War Z and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (which Kurtzman wrote), but he’s also worked on other hit films like 2013’s Pain and Gain and Broken City, which starred The Mummy‘s Russell Crowe. Seresin will surely bring an undeniable beauty to the look of The Mummy and will establish a take unique from 1999’s remake/reboot which had Adrian Biddle as its D.P.
As Universal has employed a healthy amount of talented crew members in the United Kingdom while the film’s production is primarily housed there, it is no surprise that Ben Seresin is a Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) since 2010, and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2011.
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy.
“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) 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.”
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)