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UMU recaps the latest in “The Mummy” news from this week.

This was a busy week in the news department for fans of The Mummy and the Universal Monsters. CinemaCon took place this past week and those in attendance were treated to a sizzle reel, or in this case, a “legacy” reel featuring all of Universal’s classic monsters. Ranging from Tod Browning’s Dracula to James Whale’s Frankenstein, the legacy reel concluded with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. After the legacy reel was shown, cast members Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, and Alex Kurtzman took the stage to speak about the upcoming film. We learned more about the plot of The Mummy, specifically that Sofia Boutella’s Princess Ahmanet was promised the position of Pharaoh, but after playing with dark forces, she’s punished and buried alive in a tomb serving as a prison. Years later, Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail, and Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey unearth Ahmanet and, as any classic Universal Monster film would have it, they unleash a monster on modern day society.

On Friday, Universal released a 15 second trailer tease for the new The Mummy trailer. For those that don’t already know, the new trailer debuts on Sunday and is expected to air alongside AMC’s The Walking Dead, much like the first trailer back in December 2016. Fans of The Rolling Stones will be happy to know that “Paint it Black” is featured in the new trailer. You could view the trailer tease below:

Friday, March 31st also marked the first day of press for select members of The Mummy cast. Taking place in Universal Studios, Hollywood, you could expect to read/hear/watch these interviews in the coming months. We could confirm that Annabelle Wallis was on hand. As for headlining star, Tom Cruise, it is uncertain as he is currently in London for Mission: Impossible – 6.

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Universal also released a new theatrical one-sheet for The Mummy, following the debut of a banner featuring slightly new imagery. The new poster could be viewed below and fans could expect one more poster to debut slightly ahead of the film.


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 (6)

  1. To be honest, I’m not looking forward to “Paint it Black” being in the new trailer. I would much rather have proper musical score – which provides far more opportunity for dramatic weight, tension, and chills. I would gladly take “trailer music” that won’t make its way into the final movie than have the use of the song. Hopefully it is kept to minimum use from my perspective. Knowing that the song will be in this second trailer makes get the feeling that I’ll end up liking the first trailer way more than the second.

    Additionally, although there are many people who are very impressed by the first Mummy trailer (like me), I do think the trailer is highly underrated among the movie community and didn’t get the attention from websites, journalist, etc… that it should have.

    • But what about when “Paint it Black” was used in “The Devil’s Advocate”? That was perfect and what a great film.

      I do understand your point about original music or even if Brian Tyler’s work was included. Just think of this as how the trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” was and of how it utilized Led Zeppelin in the final trailer.

      I agree about the first trailer for “The Mummy” but the new one premiering tomorrow is much better and I think you may agree with me once you see it. It’s really good.

      • I haven’t seen The Devil’s Advocate, so I can’t offer an opinion on the effectiveness of the song in the film.

        The inclusion of Led Zeppelin’s music in Rogue Nation trailers was indeed very effective! It is very appropriate given the fun thrill ride and “smile on your face” tone of the actual movie and trailers.

        However, I just don’t see a match in Paint it Black between the edge of your seat suspense & scary tone of The Mummy. It seems out of place to me – like how the Assassin’s Creed trailers don’t fit well with Kanye West music! And that movie turned out to be absolutely flippin’ awesome in IMO (see what I just did there?) 🙂

        That being said, I will certainly leave my mind open to being convinced otherwise. And even if I don’t end up liking the incorporation of the music in the The Mummy’s second trailer – I’m sure the actual footage is going to be spectacular. I would personally also hope the song won’t be in the actual film – but if it is, I think there’s far more opportunity to include it effectively versus in the trailer – at least from what I’m looking for.

        Also, it sounds like you’ve already seen the second Mummy trailer Steven?

  2. I wish I had that same kind of hopeful optimism…the trailer didn’t look much like a monster movie and the Mummy doesn’t even seem to be Egyptian… idk It seems so generic, I’m all in for a shared monsters universe…but a PG-13 action reboot of the Mummy?. if it turns out to be as good or better than Brendan Fraser’s ‘Mummy it will be great!!

    I hope poor Luke Evans is still game to return as Dracula, if this does well 🙁

    • Hi Alex99, I hope you like the second trailer more than you did the first. The second promises more of an explanation of the plot and more of the horror/adventure tone of the film.

      As of right now, director and creative architect Alex Kurtzman did confirm that “Dracula Untold” will not be included with these new Universal Monsters films. But there’s always hope to see Luke Evans return in some capacity.

      Thanks for the comment and be sure to watch the new trailer for “The Mummy” tomorrow.

    • The first trailer for The Mummy didn’t look much like a monster movie to you?! You are more than entitled to your own opinion, Alex99, but I’ve got to say, I think that’s crazy talk…that trailer actually screams monster movie (in more ways than one)! Out of fairness, I think I know where you are coming from, but I believe that notion is along the same lines as saying the movie is “Mummy: Impossible” instead of The Mummy.

      I believe this comes from a faulty assumption/expectation of seeing action and Tom Cruise in a trailer. As an audience member, who presumably has seen many Tom Cruise action movies, we think we have a very good idea of what to anticipate. But The Mummy is going to present Tom Cruise and action in an all new context – where we don’t know what’s going to happen to Cruise and don’t know if he’ll end up a good guy or not.

      I you watch the first trailer again (and in your case you might need to watch it fairly carefully), the overall tone of that is clearly creepy – happening on a big scale! Having big action doesn’t mean that action can’t be in a scary context – or even negate the monster movie aspect. And the movie will certainly have intimate/small scenes that hearken to the black and white monster classics.

      I also love 1999’s The Mummy, but this new Mummy is purposefully going in a very different direction – except in respect to epic scale & huge adventure on display – although in different eras with dramatically different tone and mythos.

      Think of the difference of the silly tone of Batman & Robin to the dark and dramatic tone of Batman Begins! That’s what the jump from 1999’s the Mummy to 2017’s The Mummy is going to resemble from everything I can tell.

      My advice would be to go into a screening of the new Mummy with no expectations – as best as you are able – that way you won’t be stuck at “but it’s not Brendan Fraser”.


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