Dark Universe dead

It was supposed to be a brave new world of gods and monsters, but Universal’s Dark Universe might be shuffling back to the tomb from whence it came. After the critical and box office failure of The Mummy, Dark Universe masterminds Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are departing the franchise, leaving the future of the Dark Universe uncertain. Is the Dark Universe dead?

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tom cruise killed the mummy

The Mummy was supposed to be the start of a new cinematic universe, and a new franchise for star Tom Cruise to notch onto his belt. But scathing reviews and a tepid domestic opening of $32 million seems to have killed it dead.

Of course, as it happens with mega-blockbusters like The Mummy, the Hollywood blame game has started and all signs point to Cruise. Apparently, Cruise’s excessive control of the movie changed the story almost completely, resulting in the mess that became The Mummy, a movie that thinks Cruise is “a young man.”

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Atomic Blonde clip 2

Focus Features has deemed the next few months an “#AtomicSummer” in honor of their upcoming spy thriller Atomic Blonde, and I’m willing to overlook that cheesy name as long as it results in us getting a better look at the movie. They kicked things off with a glimpse at one of the film’s fight scenes, but their newly-released second clip slows things down a little and shows a different side of the spy game altogether, as Charlize Theron and Sofia Boutella’s characters flirt in a crowded bar.
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the mummy

The Dark Universe doesn’t get off to the most promising start with The Mummy. Alex Kurtzman‘s first entry in the shared universe is a strangely subdued movie: the scares aren’t scary enough, the humor is often forced and out of place, and the adventure never feels adventurous enough. Grand-scale spectacle and monsters don’t mix well in the film.

We’re going to run a larger review of this one on Friday, but with the first wave of reactions arriving online today, let’s take a quick look at why this movie doesn’t work.

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The Mummy Trailer

Last night brought the first round of press screenings for The Mummy, the first film in Universal’s ambitious Dark Universe franchise that will see remakes of classic monster movies from the studio’s history, including The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, as well as recently announced additions The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

With a lot riding on its shoulders, how does The Mummy fare not just as the start of a major franchise, but as a new vehicle for Tom Cruise? Well, the reviews don’t have many kind things to say, which doesn’t bode well for the Dark Universe, despite Universal’s confidence in the franchise.

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Sofia Boutella Fahrenheit 451

It’s strange to think that Sofia Boutella emerged out of nowhere in 2014 to steal the show Kingsman: The Secret Service, and has since then starred in several massive blockbusters, with only more high-profile projects in the future.

Now, Boutella has signed on to play the female lead in the HBO Films’ adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic, Fahrenheit 451, also starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

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The Mummy Clips

The blockbuster summer season just keeps marching forward. Now that Wonder Woman has hit theaters and exceeded even the higher opening weekend box office predictions, it’s time to look forward to what’s coming next weekend.

The big release for the weekend of June 9 will be The Mummy, the horror action adventure combo that is meant to kick off Universal’s ambitious plan to create the Dark Universe that they made such a big deal about officially announcing recently. Tom Cruise stars in the remake of the classic monster movie that still looks like more action than horror, and leading up the film’s release in just a few days, Universal has released a batch of clips to entice audiences. The only problem is they don’t instill much confidence in the flick.

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The Mummy featurette

Next weekend, we’ll get a sense of how audiences feel about Universal’s Dark UniverseAlex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy gets the monster party started, but whether the world wants a world of gods and monsters, we’ll see soon enough. The movie is on track to make $40 million its opening weekend in the states, but with the power of Tom Cruise, it should perform even better overseas. If one thing seems for sure, it’s that Kurtzman’s film doesn’t lack scope, as a new behind-the-scenes featurette suggests.

Below, check out The Mummy featurette.

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The Mummy featurette

We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman‘s film (even if it’s his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.

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The Mummy teaser

After a false start with Dracula Untold, the Universal Monsters franchise is ready to get going for real with its first big release, The Mummy. Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the film stars Tom Cruise as the hero who gets mixed up in some kind of trouble involving an ancient, wronged, and very pissed-off princess (played by Star Trek Beyond‘s Sofia Boutella).

Today the first The Mummy poster has arrived, along with a little The Mummy teaser for the trailer arriving this weekend. See it all after the jump.  Read More »