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Universal’s “The Mummy” Rises at CinemaCon Las Vegas 2017!

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“The Mummy” featured at CinemaCon 2017.

CinemaCon, having started in 2011, has quickly developed a notoriety for being the place to be to learn new and exciting industry news. Taking place in Las Vegas, CinemaCon gathers some of the biggest stars, producers, and directors to host presentations featuring some of the most anticipated movies coming out in the present year and next. With Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy opening in just under three months, it’s not surprising that Universal’s first installment would be given a proper presentation, along with one of cinema’s hottest stars – Sofia Boutella, being awarded the CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow title.

Universal began their presentation on The Mummy with a sizzle reel that showcased their classic movie monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and The Wolf Man. Continuing their iconic legacy of monsters, Universal aims to re-introduce the Universal Monsters in an exciting way with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. On hand to speak about the upcoming movie was Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and director/producer/creative architect Alex Kurtzman. While headlining star Tom Cruise was not present at CinemaCon for the Universal presentation, he did deliver a video message that preceded exclusive and never before seen footage. Cruise described The Mummy as a “bold, romantic, terrifying, epic monster film” following in the grand Universal tradition dating all the way back to the 1920’s.

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Sofia Boutella as The Mummy. Photo by Chiabella James.

Aside from learning the death of a character in The Mummy (we know), more was revealed about the nature of Sofia Boutella’s character. Ahmanet, before becoming Universal’s bandaged monster, was a princess who was promised she’d be Pharaoh, but that was unjustly taken from her. “She knew how to summon gods… but unfortunately summoned the wrong god and that stays with her” said Boutella. Ahmanet goes on to be buried alive as punishment for killing the king. Boutella’s terrifying turn as The Mummy interestingly almost didn’t happen due to the makeup requirements of the role. Having just played Jaylah in the make-up heavy Star Trek Beyond, it took Alex Kurtzman to convince her which would ultimately lead to her working with the award nominated Elizabeth Georgiou. Ultimately, Sofia Boutella would go on to considering her role as The Mummy “an honor” as she is the first woman to bring to life the next generation of Universal Monsters.

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“Stunts hurt and Tom Cruise made us do them all.” – Jake Johnson at CinemaCon. Photo by Chiabella James.

The Mummy sizzle reel and new trailer (which is debuting later this week) went on to receive a wild amount of praise from everyone in attendance. The new trailer goes to show more of the nature of this installment being a unique blend of action AND HORROR! For those worried that this would either be a retread of Stephen Sommers’ 1999 version or a Universal Monsters picture by way of Mission: Impossible would be wrong. “To be able to stand in the shadows of those giants… it was an incredible experience. Amazing. And having Tom Cruise (as a character with added mystery) in the movie, doesn’t hurt.” said Alex Kurtzman.

Aside from The Mummy, Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp are still set to appear as Frankenstein’s Monster and The Invisible Man in later films.

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 & Joe Grodensky – @joegrodensky)

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 (1)

  1. I was pleased to read some really positive things about The Mummy’s presence at Universal’s CinemaCon presentation. I’m getting the feeling that The Mummy will have the box office legs of something like Split or Get Out…..except that The Mummy will have a HUGE opening weekend but also maintain very good weekend to weekend holds. I will say though that I was disappointed from some Twitter users who brought up the whole “it’s not Brendan Fraser” thing….and them being disappointed with the thought of a non-Brednan Mummy movie. I love Brendan Fraser in 1999’s The Mummy, but sorry community, The Mummy franchise NEEDS to be started afresh and NEEDS Tom Cruise. What Universal is doing with these monsters is simply what needs to be done – both creatively and from a business perspective.

    As far as my thoughts on Universal’s overall CinemaCon presentation (based on what I’ve read online), it was a wasted opportunity in my opinion. There were no truly new announcements made, which is a shame. They should have announced to theater owners at least what the next monster movie is going to be – and probably a new release date for it. At the presentation, an executive promised there would be a lot of surprises, and in reality there was only one “surprise” (that lots of people saw coming), and that being the screening of The Fate of the Furious.

    Hopefully Warner Bros. presentation at 7:30pm tonight (for East Coast folks) will deliver some actual NEW information about their exciting slate of blockbuster movies…like DC news would be terrific!

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