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Dark Universe: the undignified death of a cinematic universe

Ryan Lambie Nov 14, 2017

It's fair to say that The Mummy didn't ignite the multi-movie franchise expected of it. We look at the death of the Dark Universe...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy.

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For some, The Mummy's marketing campaign began not with a bang, but a squeaky Tom Cruise scream. In December 2016, an unfinished trailer for the then-forthcoming film appeared online, and soon went viral: lacking music and proper sound effects, the promo's otherwise dramatic visuals suddenly seemed comically threadbare. A violent plane crash unfolded with only a few chunks of dialogue and an amusing yelp from co-star Annabelle Wallis; Tom Cruise stumbled about in zero-gravity with only a few apologetic 'oofs' and 'eeks' for company.

Steps were taken to have the leaked trailer removed, but as is the way of the web,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Mummy Blu-ray – Stars Tom Cruise

When an ancient evil rises up to seek revenge on our world, relive the epic saga in The Mummy, unleashed onto Digital on August 22, 2017, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with over an hour of special bonus content, experience never-before-scene footage and hidden secrets The Mummy has within with stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, and Jake Johnson.

Now you can own The Mummy on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie about Mummys? (mine is Blood From The Mummy’S Tomb!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

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2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.
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The Mummy Starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella Unleashes on Digital August 22nd and Blu-ray & DVD September 12th

When an ancient evil rises up to seek revenge on our world, relive the epic saga in The Mummy, unleashing onto Digital on August 22, 2017, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with over an hour of special bonus content, experience never-before-scene footage and hidden secrets The Mummy has within with stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, and Jake Johnson.

An ancient evil is unleashed after centuries of captivity and her lust for revenge threatens to destroy the world in The Mummy, a spectacular saga coming to Digital onAugust 22, 2017 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible franchise, Top Gun) battles the ultimate evil in a breathtaking version of the legendary and mystical monster that has captivated and terrified humankind for centuries. With more than
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Tom Cruise Blamed for The Mummy Tanking at the Box Office

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Tom Cruise Blamed for The Mummy Tanking at the Box Office
Universal launched its new Dark Universe franchise with The Mummy reboot, which boasted the star-power of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in a world where they will bring several iconic monsters and creatures back to life, in present day. The studio didn't quite get the results it was looking for at the domestic box office, with a lackluster debut of $31.3 million, debuting in a distant second place to Wonder Woman ($58.5 million) in its second weekend. The movie was also a dud with critics, with a paltry 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with many wondering how a movie with so much talent behind and in front of the camera, could fail so badly. A new report claims that a majority of the blame should be placed on Tom Cruise's shoulders, due to the immense amount of creative control he had on the project.

Variety reports that Tom Cruise had almost complete
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Reports say Tom Cruise had too much control over The Mummy, and is to blame for its failings

The Mummy was supposed to be the launching pad for Universal’s Dark Universe, a inter-connected world that brought together the classic Monsters from the studio’s history. However a trashing by the press [read our reviews here and here, although Luke Owen loved it on the Flickering Myth Podcast] and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million (it did fare much better overseas) has cast some doubt over the proposed cinematic universe.

In May, Universal released an image of their Dark Universe featuring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet), Russell Crowe (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster) and Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man) and reports suggest the studio still wants Angelina Jolie to play The Bride of Frankenstein in the 2019 movie directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast), and previous reports say they want Scarlett Johansson for Creature From the Black Lagoon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for The Wolf Man. But those actors require big paycheques – and that could be Universal’s downfall.
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Inside ‘The Mummy’s’ Troubles: Tom Cruise Had Excessive Control (Exclusive)

Inside ‘The Mummy’s’ Troubles: Tom Cruise Had Excessive Control (Exclusive)
There were few signs that a major blockbuster was about to premiere when “The Mummy” rolled into Manhattan last week. The marquee of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatres had gone blank. The carpet was totally covered with black plastic. Security only let guests past barricades after quizzing them about what they were there to see, and everybody had to walk through two imposing metal detectors.

Inside the theater, Tom Cruise was jubilant, as he stood in front of the crowd. “Hey y’all,” said the 54-year-old actor. He introduced Alex Kurtzman, the film’s director, as well as the cast members, who stood quietly as Cruise delivered a 10-minute improvised speech. “Movies aren’t made by single people,” he said. “It’s a team effort.”

But in the case of “The Mummy,” one person–Cruise–had an excessive amount of control, according to several people interviewed. The reboot of
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Will Tom Cruise and “The Mummy” actually launch a new cinematic universe?

Last week, the Dark Universe unveiled itself. This cinematic universe the powers that be over at Universal are hoping to launch began with a reboot of The Mummy. Partly a Tom Cruise vehicle and partly a modern monster movie, this summer blockbuster had a lot riding on it. By all accounts, the plan is to have a series of these things, leading up to potentially an Avengers style team up. Well, the beginning could have gone better for the Dark Universe, but there’s still hope. We’ll talk about that in a bit, but also, let us briefly discuss The Mummy itself, which is a definite outlier on Cruise’s resume. Read on for more on the film and the universe it’s set to launch. This cinematic universe began on Friday with The Mummy. That film centers on the chaos that ensues when an ancient princess named Ahmanet
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The Mummy Review: Not A Bad Way To Start A Dark Universe

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The Mummy seemed like a cash grab from the moment it was announced. Universal has been trying to launch a universe of their own, featuring classic movie monsters associated with the studio, including Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and the Invisible Man, for years. The Mummy is essentially the studio going "all in" to jump start what is now called Dark Universe. Casting a star as large as Tom Cruise initially read as an attempt to make up for shortcomings in other areas. When you don't have much else, attach the biggest movie star in the world, and your film will sell (maybe)! Additionally, though the first movie came out in 1999, the Brendan Fraser lead Mummy franchise is still fresh enough in the public's mind that starting a new universe with The Mummy seemed like a strange choice. So, is The Mummy just another ill-advised attempt to launch a universe, cashing in
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Film Review: ‘The Mummy’ is a Marvel of a Muddled Mess

Chicago – Universal Studio’s “Dark Universe,” which is centered around its stable of classic movie monsters, isn’t a bad idea. But in the darkly inauspicious debut feature called “The Mummy,” everything unravels. This is a mixed, muddled, marvel of a mess that contains an assembly of special effects, but precious little life.

Someone apparently forgot to tell those involved, in this exercise in building a blockbuster, that monsters can be fun.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Tom Cruise’s character of Nick aims for irresistible rogue, but can’t quite hit the mark. He’s an American soldier with a profitable side job ripping off antiquities to be sold on the black market. After an airstrike in modern day Iraq (played for laughs) he uncovers an ancient Egyptian tomb. Turns out an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) went on a murderous spree when she learned she wouldn’t get to be queen, and massacred her father,
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Review: The Mummy (2017)

“Utterly devoid of soul,” Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) notifies protagonist Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) as to what will become of the person that the titular creature has cursed. Soulless is also an applicable description for The Mummy, the inaugural entry of Universal’s Dark Universe, though not due to inactivity – noises and effects are bounteous here – but rather the inability to offer a straight answer for “What kind of film are you?”

Prior to meeting the doctor, which is at the halfway point, The Mummy exerts a firm hold on “adventure with horror.” After a chilling sequence detailing how the jealousy of one Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) leads her to a wrapped demise (and the first occasion where the Algerian actress exhibits her scene-stealing ability), the film switches to thoroughly cheeky antiquities retriever Nick and his gratingly over-cautious pal, Chris Vail (Jake Johnson), eyeing a treasure cache in the
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‘The Mummy’: How ‘Rachel Getting Married’ Writer Jenny Lumet Helped Feminize the Dark Universe Monster

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‘The Mummy’: How ‘Rachel Getting Married’ Writer Jenny Lumet Helped Feminize the Dark Universe Monster
Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” wasn’t always about a woman. Early drafts of the screenplay featured a male monster, as did the three installments of the previous franchise starring Brendan Fraser, but when “Rachel Getting Married” writer Jenny Lumet and director Alex Kurtzman teamed up to revise the script, they changed the character to a female without telling the studio.

Fortunately, Universal liked the idea, and the character remained intact through many more revisions and three more writers.

The Mummy’ Trailer: Sofia Boutella’s Monster Comes Alive in New Look at Tom Cruise–Starring Reboot — Watch

The first installment of Universal’s Dark Universe, “The Mummy” tells the story of an ancient princess named Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who’s awakened from her crypt beneath the desert after being betrayed by her father, imprisoned and murdered 5,000 years earlier. Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson star as treasure hunters who stumble upon the ancient prison-tomb.
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The Mummy Review: First Dark Universe Movie Is a Blast

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The Mummy Review: First Dark Universe Movie Is a Blast
Almost three years ago, Universal Pictures announced that it was setting up a massive, inter-connected shared universe based on the studio's library of classic horror monsters. This wasn't terribly surprising, at all. They also announced that their Mummy reboot would be the first project out of the gate, also not surprising since it was already being developed for a few years prior with Len Wiseman directing, at one point. The casting additions of A-listers like Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe seemed par for the course, and even when the studio revealed that Sofia Boutella would portray the first female Mummy in history, I wasn't tremendously impressed. Slowly but surely, almost like the curse of the Mummy herself, this movie started to take its hold over me, and I was surprisingly impressed throughout the entire endeavor.

It wasn't even that long ago that I was Mummy-indifferent. Perhaps it was that impressive
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Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea

Box Office: ‘The Mummy’ Sees Record Opening Day in Korea
Ahead of its release in the U.S., “The Mummy” is enjoying a strong opening in at least one overseas territory. The Tom Cruise film opened to $6.6 million in South Korea on Tuesday — that’s the biggest opening day ever in the market.

The previous record was set last year by “Train to Busan,” which went on to earn a record-shattering $34.3 million over its five-day opening run. The Korean zombie apocalypse movie still holds the record in the country for the highest single day gross with $9.9 million.

Cruise is toplining the newest Mummy movie, the cast of which also includes Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe. Alex Kurtzman directed the movie based on a script from a team of writers — David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman. Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts, and Jenny Lumet have story credits.

The original “Mummy” was released in
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The Mummy (2017) review

Tom Cruise stars in The Mummy, the launch of Universal's Dark Universe. Here's our review...

If your expectations of The Mummy led you to anticipate an action movie, which the initial trailer that has been spamming every Odeon screening I’ve been to this year seemed to suggest, you’ll likely be surprised by it. Rather than a re-tread of the Brendan Fraser-led Stephen Sommers’ remake, a greater emphasis is placed on horror this time around.

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There’s a lot to like about the film, which sees Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton tangling with a disgruntled ancient undead villain, Sofia Boutella’s Ahmanet, and drawing the attention of Dr Jekyll (Russell Crowe) as he does so. Cruise is on good form, whether conniving, charming or fighting as hard as he possibly can. At
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‘Wrestling Jerusalem’: Film Review

‘Wrestling Jerusalem’: Film Review
The first words in Wrestling Jerusalem are “It’s complicated,” and Aaron Davidman doesn’t pretend to simplify the subject with his first-person look at politics, animosities and hope in the Middle East. But in translating the one-man show to the screen, actor-turned-director Dylan Kussman has unnecessarily complicated the material, overcompensating for its stage-bound nature with busy crosscutting between a San Francisco theater and the Mojave Desert (subbing for the Negev).

Channeling the perspectives of 17 characters based on people he interviewed (some are invented), Davidman has an unmistakable talent for inhabiting personalities, male and female, across a range of ethnicities, ages...
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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Exploring Easter Eggs, Set Pieces, Stunts, Homages and Other Odds and Ends

Photo: Paramount Pictures Note: This article contains spoilers for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. If you haven't yet seen the movie, you've been warned. I love listening to podcasts. Whether I'm driving across town, going for a run, cleaning my house or relaxing on the couch, you're likely to find me playing a podcast to help score the scene. Some podcasts are better than others, but if you enjoy learning about movies and everything that goes into making them I encourage you to check out "The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith", in which the titular host sits down with actors, directors and writers to discuss what it takes to bring a film to the screen, from both a business standpoint and a creative one. Together they break down scenes, give background, tell stories and lend perspective on a film that listeners might not otherwise hear. Goldsmith's most recent episode is
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Mission: Impossible 5 To Be Released In IMAX

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Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot, and IMAX Corporation today announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theaters worldwide beginning July 31st. The new film is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. The newest installment reunites Cruise with stars from 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. “IMAX is so important in giving the audience...
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Mission: Impossible 5 Will Be Released In IMAX

Paramount Pictures revealed today that Mission: Impossible 5 - the fifth installment in the hugely-popular action franchise – will be granted a simultaneous IMAX release this summer. The last M.I. caper, Ghost Protocol, featured several mind-blowing sequences shot specifically with IMAX cameras to capture the sheer scale of the scenes, so it’s no surprise that the studio is going the same route with this one.

However, this time around, director Christopher McQuarrie hasn’t been tasked with that responsibility, as the new flick has been “digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX Dmr® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.” While it might not offer that same pop as Ghost, judging by the glimpses we’ve seen at the flick – Tom Cruise dangling from a plane at 5,000 feet – there’s no doubt it’ll still be a killer ride. You can read the rest of
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Mission: Impossible 5 Will Screen In IMAX Around The World

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I can’t say I’m even the tiniest bit surprised that Mission: Impossible 5 will screen in the big ol’ IMAX format, but Paramount have gone through with the formality of announcing the plans today.

When the film moved from Christmas to the summer it seemed to be a swerve to get out of Star Wars way, but more so on the limited IMAX circuit than in general. There’s more than enough ‘little screens’ for Impossible to come along a week or so after Wars, but the multi-storey IMAX affairs are rarer.

And Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is probably the most effective IMAX release to date, going right for the easy-press button on anybody who is at all scared of heights. I guess they’re looking to recapture a bit of that magic here, likely with the big set piece where Tom Cruise walks around on the outside of a plane.
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'Mission: Impossible 5' Is Coming to IMAX in July

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Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot, and IMAX Corporation today announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible 5 franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX&#174 format and released in IMAX&#174 theaters worldwide beginning July 31st.

The new film is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

The newest installment reunites Tom Cruise with stars from 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. Said Tom Cruise:

"IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best
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