Tom Cruise In Talks To Star In ‘The Mummy’ Reboot
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Amidst all his movie commitments, Hollywood star Tom Cruise is reportedly going to star in the reworking of “The Mummy.”
According to Variety, the “Mission Impossible” lead is said to be in talks with Universal as the studio plans on developing a “new era of monster films.”
“Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but will play a major part in helping develop this new franchise, sources say. Cruise’s name is expected to play a large part in not only the ‘Mummy’ franchise, but also in the monster universe, as it’s planned that characters will have roles in other monster movies leading up to an ‘Avengers’-style tie-in film,” reported the news outlet.
The studio has tapped Alex Kurtzman as the movie’s director, which has already been set for a March 24, 2017 release. The script is already ready and it was written by Jon Spaihts, but details to the movie’s plot, which is said to take place in present day, has been kept tightly secure, per Hollywood Reporter.
The news outlet also reported that “The Mummy” is the first of many more movie series that Universal hopes to build for its monster universe. Other likely candidates that will be getting a movie reboot include characters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Van Helsing.
Cruise is currently busy with filming the “Jack Reacher” sequel and is still set to do the follow up to “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Mission Impossible.” If he agrees to this latest project, “The Mummy” will likely begin shooting in February 2016.
The first three versions of the “The Mummy” ran in theaters in the 1990s and starred Brendan Frasier.