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Inspired By Boris Karloff, Alex Kurtzman Talks Sofia Boutella’s Mummy Powers!

espn spotSofia Boutella as The Mummy. Photo by Chiabella James.

Alex Kurtzman talks Ahmanet’s abilities in “The Mummy” and of the Karloff-ian inspiration he found in the 1932 original.

With 2 months left until The Mummy is awakened in theaters, there’s still much resistance from fans of the classic and original Universal Monsters pictures from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. And rightfully so. The Mummy is an iconic monster and a classic horror/monster movie that’s been enjoyed across generations. Fans of the beloved Karl Freund film should have their worries that range from the concern that Alex Kurtzman’s picture will retread the same territory that Stephen Sommers’ 1999 reboot covered or that this first entry in the Universal Monsters Universe will be more classic monsters by way of Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series. Hopefully, the release of the latest trailer and tv spots have comforted some of the monster heads we love so much that continue to keep the spirit of the Universal Monsters alive almost 90 years since their debut. A few weeks ago we brought word on Sofia Boutella and not only of her appreciation for Boris Karloff, but of her intent to honor his work through her performance as Ahmanet/The Mummy. Today we have word from Alex Kurtzman, which proves to be the most exciting news yet for fans of the original 1932 The Mummy.

The Mummy herself is inspired by Boris Karloff’s original 1932 take, with abilities “organized around the ideas of romance and entrancement. She has control over and power to get into your mind, and creepy crawlies tend to like her when she’s around.” – Alex Kurtzman to USA Today

Abilities “organized around the ideas of romance and entrancement” isn’t something we’ve seen as of late within Universal’s last The Mummy trilogy, starring Brendan Fraser. While Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) was powerful, his abilities were more biblical and brought on by way of the curse that was placed upon him. Jet Li’s Dragon Emperor had more mystical abilites, but still none that hearkened back to the original The Mummy films. In fact, the later Mummy films, starring Tom Tyler and Lon Chaney Jr, were more of the inspiration for Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen’s films than the Karl Freund original that started it all.

Boris Karloff’s Imhotep was able to control others, entrance, and cause harm to others without direct physical contact. We all remember the famous heart attack scene, yes? It’s very exciting to know Sofia Boutella’s Ahmanet will be closer to Boris Karloff’s Imhotep in abilities and just another reason why The Mummy 2017 should please all kinds of fans, especially ones of the classic Universal Monsters.

Keeping Alex Kurtzman’s words in mind, might we suggest taking another look at the trailer?

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)

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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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