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Published On: Tue, Jan 26th, 2016

Tom Cruise set for ‘The Mummy’ reboot, 2017 release

Rumors swirled that Tom Cruise was in negotiations to headline Universal’s latest attempt to revive their classic monsters and now it is confirmed Cruise will indeed star in director Alex Kurtzman‘s (People Like Us) remake of The Mummy.

 

tom-cruise-rock-of-agesVariety confirms that Cruise will star in the film. Originally scheduled to open next March, The Mummy will instead hit theaters on June 9th, 2017.

Cruise will not produce the film, but it’s said he’ll be a major player in the development process. Other monsters are expected to make cameos as Universal wants an Avengers-style Monsters universe for a whole series of films.

In fact, at one point it was reported The Mummy and other projects would only be “action-adventure movies,” with little horror, but this is how Kurtzman quickly responded:

Yeah, I think it’s a fair response and it’s actually not — I think there was some lost in translation quality to the way it was received, because I promise you there will be horror in these movies. It is our life goal to make a horror movie. The tricky part is actually how you combine horror with either adventure or suspense or action and be true to all the genres together. In some way, Mummy, dating all the way back to the Karloff movie, was the first to do that. It was the first to combine horror with — I wouldn’t say action, but certainly a lot of suspense. So it’s more about how you blend the different elements and stay true to each one, but there will definitely be horror in the monster movies… We will hopefully serve it up good and plenty.

Cruise will star opposite Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), who will play the titular monster.

The Mummy opens in theaters June 9th, 2017.

 

Boris Karloff in 1932 version of "The Mummy"

Boris Karloff in 1932 version of “The Mummy”

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