Principal photography on “The Mummy” wraps week eight of filming.
While there isn’t too much to offer this week on week eight of filming The Mummy, we did learn a bit more about the nature of the “Monsters Universe” courtesy of Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, along with getting a behind the scenes glimpse at Shepperton Studios. For eager fans waiting to see more of the film, including a look at Sofia Boutella as Universal’s iconic monster, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.
This week started with an interview Russell Crowe gave to Ten while promoting his current film, The Nice Guys. In it he revealed that, once again, he will be playing Dr. Henry Jekyll and the idea is for these classic characters to appear in a shared universe way similar to that of what we all are so familiar with – the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But this universe, based off of Universal’s Classic Monsters, will indeed be titled “Monsters Universe.” Old news to some as this is what many expected it would be called, it is still cool nonetheless to hear Mr. Crowe reveal the umbrella title and terminology for the upcoming film series starting with 2017’s The Mummy.
“It’s the beginning of a thing that Universal are doing with what they call the Monsters Universe, so they can take a lot of their old school monster films from the ’40s and ’50s, things like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invisible Man, and tie them all together in one overall plot.” – Russell Crowe
Last week, week seven, primarily consisted of night shoots while this week returned to a normal-ish film schedule. Or as normal as film schedules allow. Hair and make-up artist Danielle Harding of Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy tweeted the following from Shepperton Studios. If you’re on Twitter, we suggest giving Ms. Danielle Harding a follow. She could be found @1MissDaniElle – Just don’t expect anything spoiler-ish in regards to The Mummy!
Sunset at Shepperton Studios. X pic.twitter.com/qh7f0GyNHc
— Danielle Harding (@1MissDaniElle) May 26, 2016
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest on The Mummy. In the meantime, here’s a fun little piece on a bunch of young scouts coming upon the film production in the woods of Surrey.
“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)