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From Namibia With Love – Reflections on Shooting ‘The Mummy’ in Africa!

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With filming wrapped in Namibia, the cast and crew of “The Mummy” have expressed their gratitude towards Africa and their time filming 2017’s first “Monsters Universe” film.

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Sofia Boutella in Nambia. Image courtesy of Sofia Boutella.

While The Mummy wrapped filming in Namibia nearly two weeks ago on August 13th, that doesn’t mean the sarcophagus has fully been closed on the upcoming Alex Kurtzman directed film.  Producer Sean Daniel and Claire Raskind, Universal’s publicist for The Mummy, offered a few words on production in Namibia.

“Namibia has welcomed us with open arms. Only because of all of the amazing hard working Namibian crew, and the warm hospitality we have received from them and the community, are we able to accomplish the work at hand. Thank you to everyone in Namibia involved in making our dream of shooting here a reality. We feel proud to showcase the breathtaking landscape of Namibia in our film.” – Sean Daniel

The plot of The Mummy takes place primarily in the United Kingdom and the Middle East.  These settings date back to one of the very first drafts by Jon Spaihts, which was later refined by actor/writer Dylan Kussman.  Earlier this year, as locations were being scouted, Malta was considered but then cancelled.  Allowing the producers and production to find a new location, Namibia was then selected to double for the Middle East setting of the film.  Claire Raskind, in speaking with The Namibian, revealed that production for The Mummy had been on ground for two months in order to prepare for principal photography to begin.  Raskind also added that there would be 10 locations being utilized by production with Erongo, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Rössing mountain being named.

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Tom Cruise, alongside the Starlite B212.

One of the biggest concerns for many local to Namibia was the natural worry that many would not be employed as other crew members would be utilized during pre-production and principal photography.  Happily, these concerns would be put to rest as Universal would employ nearly 700 for The Mummy while in Namibia.  “Namibian residents are employed in every film crew department from transportation to wardrobe, catering to make-up, construction to camera, and sound to background extras,” Claire Raskind said.

Much credit, gratitude, and thanks must go to the Namibia Film Commission and the Coastal Tourism Association of Namibia, along with several government bodies and ministries for their assistance that was integral to making The Mummy.  The assistance in making this schedule run as smoothly as possible has not gone unnoticed, especially from the cast of The Mummy, including headlining star Tom Cruise.  This week, Cruise took to Twitter and posted:

As always, stay tuned for the latest on The Mummy here at Universal Monsters Universe.

“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 and Dylan Kussman.  The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella as the iconic creature now revealed to be an ancient queen.  The film opens June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

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Steven Biscotti

Mild mannered reporter, Steven Biscotti, has an avid interest in all things comic books, movies, and music (especially pertaining to Coldplay.) He stands 5'7" tall and prides himself on being the same height as Tom Cruise. Steven's favorite monster movie? "The Mummy (1999)."

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