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Will Universal’s “The Mummy” Be Given The IMAX 3D Treatment?

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The Mummy to be released in IMAX 3D?

It’s been known for some time now that Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy will be released in IMAX. However, it’s been the subject of some speculation on whether or not the film will be released in 3D, as well. While principal photography on The Mummy did not utilize the IMAX camera in the way that Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol did, it will see an IMAX release on June 9th of this year. According to Universal, The Mummy will only see its 35 mm film mastered for IMAX. This could also be seen as its reflected on the theatrical one sheet. However, according to FandangoThe Mummy now has a fan alert for traditional theaters and, as you guessed it, IMAX 3D.

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L to R: Tom Cruise; Annabelle Wallis. Photo by Chiabella James.

While we have yet to confirm the format The Mummy will be released in, it is my belief that The Mummy will only see an IMAX release, minus the 3D. While headlining star Tom Cruise was not a producer on Universal’s first Monsters Universe picture, it has been understood that he did have creative say in the picture. Cruise, preferring the IMAX format for his films since 2011’s Ghost Protocol, will most likely see to it that The Mummy is given a non 3D IMAX release.

I could be wrong and this is an educated guess that does not reflect the opinion or working motives of anyone involved with post production on The Mummy. When the team at UMU saw Kong: Skull Island a few weeks ago at the Lincoln Square 13 IMAX, The Mummy trailer was attatched and presented in the non 3D IMAX portion of the trailers, whereas Spider-Man: Homecoming was presented in IMAX 3D.

However, for an interesting read on 2D vs 3D, I strongly suggest giving director/writer Joseph Kosinski’s thoughts on the formats a read – specifically his choice to keep 2013’s Oblivion in 2D.

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 tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (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, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.

(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)

About the author

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)."

Readers Comments (12)

  1. Well, I’m still rooting for The Mummy to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D! I’m not sure Cruise would actually go out of his way to ensure the film is 2D only though. Let’s not forget that Edge of Tomorrow was a film he starred in, didn’t produce, and yet the film was released in 3D an IMAX 3D.

    Also, there have been a number of cases where movies presented in 2D only in the United States get released in 3D overseas….China being a key market where that is done. I know Jason Bourne was released in 3D in China last year….and it was 2D only in the U.S.

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      • Whoa, this is interesting: movietickets.com ALSO lists The Mummy for IMAX 3D! Although this is not confirmation that The Mummy will be in IMAX 3D, it just got one step closer!

        http://www.movietickets.com/movie/mid/243643#.WNP-VG8rKM8

        And on an unrelated note, I finally finished Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End! Best game ever! I recommend getting a PlayStation 4 Pro, the PlayStation Platinum 3D Audio headset, and a 4K HDR television to experience it on! Oh, and there’s an AWESOME sequence that fans of The Mummy should simply love! I can’t believe Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is coming out later this year! It’s interesting that the release date of The Mummy on June 9, 2017 is the big pre-E3 weekend….and on Monday, June 12, Sony will likely show more of The Lost Legacy off at their press conference! It would also be terrific if Xbox announces an exclusive new action/adventure IP on Sunday, June 11th at their showcase. Here’s hoping! But either way, the weekend/week should be a tremendously exciting time for action/adventure fans! And Universal has the opportunity to make high quality AAA games based on their monsters properties at some point….similar to how Marvel is starting to do that with their properties….Insomniac is developing a Spider-Man PS4 game, and Rise of The Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics is working on an Avengers game!

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        • Good find. I’m thinking it’s going to be very likely that we do see this in 3D.

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          • Yeah, I’m REALLY hoping this happens! Maybe the next trailer will confirm the IMAX 3D compoent! When there are two reliable websites like fandango.com and movietickets.com indicating the film will be in 3D, something is up! Perhaps they both confirmed the information with Universal.

  2. I’d happen to agree. Thank you for pointing that out with movietickets.com It would certainly seem likely that the next trailer will confirm. Perhaps earlier with an IMAX press release regarding “The Mummy.”

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    • At Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation tonight, they announced that Mission: Impossible 6 (starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby and Sian Brooke, and yes SUPERMAN himself Henry Cavill) will start shooting April 8, 2017. Locations include London, India, Paris & New Zealand! And most exciting for myself, the movie will be filmed with IMAX 3D cameras! I never saw this coming! As far as I know, this is the first movie Tom Cruise will star in where 3D cameras will be capturing the principal photography! Cruise is a producer on this, so it’s very likely knowing how detailed he is, that he had a significant part in making this happen! In other words, he’s certainly not opposed to 3D….so it’s just more evidence that The Mummy could be converted in post-production to 3D and IMAX 3D based on his apparent enthusiasm for the format!

      https://twitter.com/moviecricket/status/846904473611988992

      https://twitter.com/TheInSneider/status/846877185222750208

      https://twitter.com/colliderfrosty/status/846877186539765760

      MI:6 being filmed with IMAX 3D cameras is the the best thing I’ve heard out of CinemaCon thus far!

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      • Ah, I was just on Twitter. Yes, that’s all really very exciting. It should be a real event and spectacle to watch M:i-6 when it opens next year. I can’t wait and the cast sounds great. Very happy to see Ving Rhames return. Not terribly disappointed about Jeremy Renner though. It would have been cool seeing him return, but considering we never got Maggie Q or Paula Patton back, I’m not really upset. Would have been more disappointing to not have Ving or Simon.

        Thanks for the heads up on the M:i-6 news. Can’t wait.

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      • And, yes, totally lends credence to the fact that Tom Cruise is all for 3D. I’m sure he feels that it’ll best serve the story and audience experience. With that coming first, IMAX 3D should be a perfect format for M:i-6.

        It’ll be interesting to learn more about ‘The Mummy’ tomorrow.

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        • Just found this: Perhaps the closest confirmation to IMAX 3D for The Mummy yet, theater chain Regal Cinemas shows on their website the movie is in the format! That’s arguably more reliable than a more distant third party like Fandango or movietickets.com!

          http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Movie-Folder/2017/The-Mummy-An-IMAX-3D-Experience-198726

          I almost forgot to mention that the villain from Rogue Nation, played by Sean Harris, will also be back!

          I was not expecting Alec Baldwin to return, so I’m thrilled to hear he is! Baldwin has such a strong & fun presence in Rogue Nation….I love how fun the ending of the movie is!

          http://heroichollywood.com/mission-6-baldwin-harris-returning/

          I would have loved for Renner to come back as well….but given the choice between having him in Avengers: Infinity War (and likely its sequel) versus Mission Impossible, I’d rather have him in Avengers where he can be showcased more (certainly in action scenes) but probably also in character development with Hawkeye (Age of Ultron farm scenes for example). But maybe he will be squeezed into the picture just like Ethan Hunt’s wife showed up at the end of Ghost Protocol! Can we also get Hunt’s wife in the picture too?!

          I’m also thrilled about Ving and Simon coming back…hard to imagine a MI movie without them now. Very glad that Rebecca Ferguson is coming back too! Lots of things that can still be done with the character!

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  3. It’s basically official now! Per the latest poster for The Mummy, the movie will be presented in IMAX 3D! I am VERY happy about this! I find it interesting that the poster doesn’t mention RealD 3D or Digital 3D, but it’s probably a safe bet that the movie will also be presented in 3D for “regular” non-IMAX theaters as well!

    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/835121-the-new-mummy-poster-has-its-eyes-on-you-and-tom-cruise?fullpage=1#/slide/1

    And even the official Mummy Twitter account put out the poster as well!

    https://twitter.com/themummy/status/850000153247236098

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