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When most people think about The Mummy they picture Brendan Fraser running around a bunch of late '90s CGI in a broad family adventure comedy. A few generations before that, though, The Mummy was a more serious affair; a legit horror movie about archaeologists who carelessly and cluelessly reanimated the corpse of a dark priest who was buried alive centuries ago. Recently Universal has been plotting a reboot for The Mummy (and its other classic monster movies like Dracula and Frankenstein) for yet another new generation, and now they may finally have found the gas to get everything off the ground thanks to negotiations with potential star Tom Cruise. Unfortunately it's currently unclear if he'll be playing a human character or the undead Egyptian priest Imhotep...
- Peter Hall
Word hit the interwebs earlier today that Tom Cruise was in talks for the upcoming reboot of The Mummy. The story seemed a little thin so we opted to wait before writing about it. Moments ago Deadline got to the… Continue Reading →
The post No, Tom Cruise Is Not in Talks for Universal’s Mummy Reboot appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Slated for a March 24th, 2017 theatrical release, The Mummy is expected to be the first of many Universal Monster movie reboots, with the ultimate goal being to create a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, the titular characters from Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Phantom of the Opera, and more.
Comprised of a sizable creative team of ten writers, the Universal Monsters reboot initiative is being headed by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, with the former set to be in the director's chair for The Mummy reboot. »
- Derek Anderson
There is no reverse engineering of the Marvel formula more risky right now than what Universal is attempting with their shared universe of monster movies. That risk reportedly just got a little less terrifying for the studio, though, if Tom Cruise really is in talks to star in "The Mummy," the first film that they're using to help launch what they hope will be a major cornerstone of this new franchise. That's a huge win for the studio, and Cruise is one of those guys who works tirelessly once he's signed on to something. Considering how important he will be to the entire monster universe, not just his one film, this is a big moment for Universal. In essence, this is their Robert Downey Jr., which seems like an interesting echo when you realize that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to play Tony Stark for New Line in their "Iron Man" movie. »
- Drew McWeeny
Update: According to Deadline, the news that Tom Cruise may be in negotiations to star in Universal's upcoming reboot of "The Mummy" is false, with the site claiming that both the studio and the actor's representatives are denying that report's veracity.
As we reported earlier, Variety had the scoop that Cruise was in talks to headline the new version of "The Mummy," and help steer the studio's grand plan to revive all of its classic monster movies. But rival trade Deadline is debunking that report, claiming, "Both Universal and the star's people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film."
Of course, Deadline didn't get either party to go on the record with those statements. (Universal declined to comment on Variety's story.) But the site says that Cruise is simply too busy to take the part -- whatever it may be -- citing »
- Katie Roberts
Actor set to join a remake of The Mummy, which will kick off a new slate of monster movies based on horror films of the past
Last summer, Universal Pictures commissioned Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to develop a universe out of the studio’s library of classic monster movies. The Mummy is the first of many films that will renew Universal’s legacy of monsters, according to Variety.
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- Mahita Gajanan in New York
Speculation that Tom Cruise and Universal Pictures might be wrapping up a deal on the studio’s reboot of The Mummy has been making the rounds this week as the studio continues to plot a return to the monster business. Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film. He is filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting… »
The success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has led to a brave new world of intermingling, intertwining stories adapted from classic material. DC and Warner Bros. are now on the path of doing so with their own superhero properties, but the method is being used outside the realm of comic books, too. Universal has begun work on their own shared universe comprised of movie monsters from the golden age of cinema. Some major names have been rumored to be taking part in their Monster Universe, but the most recent rumor is by far the biggest: Tom Cruise. Variety reports that Cruise is currently rumored to be in talks to take part in a reboot of The Mummy. (Though shortly after, Deadline published their own story potentially debunking this report, saying Cruise in not invovled. Make of all of this what you will.) Astute moviegoers will remember that The Mummy »
Update: Well, that was fast. Deadline reports that the story from their sister site is bunk. Move along, nothing to see here. According to the team behind Universal's developing monster movie cinematic universe (sigh), the films will be so much more than just creature features. “This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of ‘where do I belong in the world?’ ” screenwriter Chris Morgan, who is teaming with Alex Kurtzman to oversee the brain trust responsible for these movies, told Variety. At any rate, that whole this-aint'-just-a-monster-movie spiel is possibly what convinced a major A-list star to jump aboard. THR reports Tom Cruise is in talks for "The Mummy." Seriously. There are little in the way of details about what the Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus," "Doctor Strange," "Passengers")-penned script will be about, but I'd wager Cruise's involvement will depend on who is directing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s reboot of the classic, “The Mummy,” an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap. Unlike the previous films starring Brendan Fraser, the remake will be set in present day, while other plot details remain under wraps. Alex Kurtzman is on board to direct, while Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel will produce alongside Kurtzman. Jon Spaihts is writing the script. Also Read: Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible 6' A Universal spokesperson had no comment. The reboot is set for a March 24, 2017 release date, while the »
- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly
Well, Universal’s plans for a shared universe for their monster movie properties is actually beginning to look rather good. Earlier today, we told you about them wanting Angelina Jolie for The Bride of Frankenstein, but they’re now in talks with Tom Cruise for The Mummy! With Dracula Untold proving to be a bit of a
The post Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in The Mummy Reboot appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
Tom Cruise is in talks to join Universal's reboot of The Mummy. Sources say Universal has been looking for a big star to anchor the film, and is hoping Cruise would fill that role. Universal had no comment. Alex Kurtzman is helming the film, which will be set in modern day and is set for release on March 24, 2017. Jon Spaihts wrote the script although plot details are being kept deep in the tomb. Kurtzman, Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel are producing. Universal's The Mummy is planned as the first film in a series of interconnected monster films as Universal hopes
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
Update: Contrary to today’s report, Deadline has relayed a statement from Universal which reveals that Tom Cruise isn’t involved in the studio’s Mummy reboot.
“Both Universal and the star’s people tell Deadline adamantly that no deal with Cruise is in the works for the film,” reports Deadline. “He is currently filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Mission: Impossible 6 begins shooting next August.”
Original Story: According to Variety, Universal has found a star for their upcoming reboot of The Mummy in the form of Tom Cruise. The actor is currently in talks to lead the film, which is being penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and is one of several movies that will help launch the studio’s new franchise of monster flicks.
- Mark Cassidy
The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.
Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.
Universal’s executive VP of production »
- Justin Kroll
At the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, director Spike Jonze spoke of John Malkovich's initial reluctance at starring in Jonze's lofty debut, Being John Malkovich. "He said: either the movie's a bomb and it's got ... my name in the title, so I'm fucked that way; or it does well and I'm just forever associated with this character," Jonze said, via the Guardian.
Malkovich took time out from discussing his upcoming album in a soon-to-be-published interview with Rolling Stone to look back at his ambivalent association with the influential 1999 film.
"I would »
Jon Spaihts is penning the script which is set in present day, but plot specifics are being kept vague. Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development.
Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are behind the project and the initiative which will see them shepherding a cinematic universe that will use and mingle characters from Universal's classic monster movie library. Kurtzman will direct and both will produce this particular outing.
Universal is not commenting on casting reports regarding the project at this time. Part of the reason for Cruise's involvement is scheduling. He is currently filming "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" and was to shoot Doug Liman's "Luna" early next year ahead of a "Mission: Impossible 6" shoot in August.
With Liman's »
- Garth Franklin
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- Paul Heath
Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are in final talks Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie to return to the franchise to pen the script for the sixth instalment, as well as possibly directing.
Should they reach a deal with McQuarrie, it would mark the first time in the series that a director has returned for a second outing, with previous entries directed by Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.
Tom Cruise – who is currently shooting another sequel in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – is set to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt for Mission: Impossible 6, while there’s also on Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson to return.
- Gary Collinson
While Paramount doesn't have any Marvel or DC properties under their roof, and they completely bungled the "Terminator" franchise, all is not lost. Tom Cruise anchors two of their franchises in "Mission: Impossible" and "Jack Reacher," but the most valuable brand in the building is Hasbro. The "Transformers" franchise has raked in billions, and as we already know, Akiva Goldsman has put together a writer's room to spin out as much as they can, with more sequels and animated movies in the works. And now Paramount wants him to work his magic on a couple more toys. Read More: Paramount Assembling Brain Trust To Develop More 'Transformers' Sequels And Spinoffs Deadline reports that Goldsman has been tasked with getting writing teams together for "G.I. Joe." and "Micronauts." As he did with "Transformers," he'll choose and supervise the team of scribes to come together to spin new stories of real American heroes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.
Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.
On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.
- Zach Dennis
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