It’s now very obvious that Universal’s wish to create their own shared universe of movies, this time with their library of monsters that include Dracula and Frankenstein, is now a top priority for the studio - they are going after some ‘big guns.’ And when I say big guns, I mean, Tom Cruise big.
According to a new report from Variety, Tom Cruise is in negotiations to headline the new rebooted The Mummy series that will serve as a launching pad and “new era” of monster films.
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.
The details about the script are, of course, unknown at this time other than the script is being written by Jon Spaihts, who wrote a draft of Prometheus and a draft of Blade Runner 2. Variety’s only knowledge of the story is that it is set in present day and is not connected to the three movies starring Brendan Fraser.
Seeing as Universal is also rumored to be courting Angelina Jolie for their Bride of Frankenstein adaptation, it is quite obvious this new slab of movies and the intention of sharing the characters across multiple movies, is not only a high priority, but they are hedging their bets and going after some major A-listers. Smart move. Whether these ‘big guns’ take the bait and sign on the dotted line remains to be seen.
For it’s assumed that Cruise will not be producing but will be a major part of the development process. This of course is par for the course with Cruise; he always takes a liking to the development process when it comes to his movies. The guys a pro, and will only put his name on something he stands behind.
That’s why this news is so darn interesting. Cruise in the Mummy? Jolie in a Bride of Frankenstein movie? These aren’t just monster movies anymore, these are full blown franchise starters with top talent.
Universal is swinging for the fences.
I look forward to more news out of Universal. They are having a banner year, what with Fast 7 and Jurassic World breaking a billion plus each – if they bag this type of talent – for monster movies – that streak can and will continue.
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