‘The Mummy’ had a really difficult time. With Tom Cruise headlining the film, no one expected it to have such a cataclysmic box office outing. Directed by Alex Kurtzman and co-written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, ‘The Mummy’ is an action-adventure horror that follows Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a U.S. Army sergeant who accidentally awakens an ancient Egyptian princess, the titular Mummy, essayed by Sofia Boutella, who was cursed and buried centuries ago. Now, the bloodthirsty princess seeks vengeance and wreaks havoc.
‘The Mummy’, aside from Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, stars Annabelle Wallis as Jennifer “Jenny” Halsey, who is an archaeologist, Jake Johnson as Chris Vail, Nick’s ally, and Russell Crowe as Dr Henry Jekyll. The film received immense flak for its clunky storytelling. With a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average of 34 out of 100 on Metacritic, the film was a massive critical failure. Even on the commercial prospects, the movie failed miserably. Although it grossed $410 million against a budget of $195 million, the advertising cost over exceeded and thus the commercial failure.
However, one thing is sure that the studio, i.e. Universal Pictures, wanted to start off their own “Dark Universe” like the MCU and ‘The Conjuring’ universe. Though the film failed both critically and commercially, if the filmmakers work harder upon the technicalities of filmmaking, there can be a scrumptious sequel to look out for. So, here is everything we know about the yet untitled sequel to ‘The Mummy’.
The Mummy Part 2 Plot: What could it about?
‘The Mummy’ left a lot be desired. However, as far the sequel is concerned, it could be a fresh start. Basically, the makers could go back to the drawing board and rework on the whole idea again. Or if they want to continue the story from where the first film left, that is also quite feasible, especially since the new characters are interesting.
While the main premise dealt with the resurgence of the titular Mummy, the subplots introduced Dr Henry Jekyll, essayed by Russell Crow, who in turn gave us an insight into the larger universe of monsters. Like Jekyll, even Nick possesses powers. In the end credits, Dr Jekyll and Halsey debate whether or not Nick would use his powers for good.
For the The Mummy universe to build further there would have to subplots infused within the narrative. Like ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘The Mummy 2’ can also dig up some aspect of the past of Nick’s life.
There are several directions that the sequel can take, but for that to happen, it needs to be greenlit first, which looks unlikely at the moment.
The Mummy Part 2 Cast: Who could be in it?
Tom Cruise has had two releases after ‘The Mummy’ — the biographical action crime film ‘American Made’ (2017) and the action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’ (2018). Both the films have helped him regain his mojo. The actor is also reprising his iconic character of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Joseph Kosinski’s action drama ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, which is scheduled to release in 2020. Cruise, since the failure of ‘The Mummy’, seems to be careful in choosing his projects. So, he will surely make some amends in the sequel to help create the Universal Monsters’ franchise which has so much potential.
Sofia Boutella has had two releases in 2018, i.e. Gaspar Noé’s psychological horror dance film ‘Climax’ and the dystopian thriller ‘Hotel Artemis’, which both received good reviews. Other than this, the French-Algerian actress has not signed any new film or television show. Annabelle Wallis, while being busy with two films in 2019 – the science fiction action film ‘Boss Level’ and the science fiction thriller ‘Warning’ – does not have a major role. However, the actress is pretty busy on the small screen with drama series ‘The Loudest Voice’.
Jake Johnson last starred as a voice actor in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, in which he voiced the character of Peter B. Parker, who is the reluctant mentor of Miles Morales. Similar to ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’, he is also voicing the role of the protagonist in the adult animated series ‘Hoops’, which is scheduled to premiere later in 2019 or early 2020.
Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance has three films lined up for release. He is a part of an untitled project which is being co-directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost. In addition, Vance is also busy with Prentice Penny’s drama ‘Uncorked’ and Stella Meghie’s romantic comedy ‘The Photograph’. All the three aforementioned films are at their post-production stages and are scheduled to release in late 2019 or early 2020.
Russell Crowe, on the other hand, is busy with Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s biographical drama ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ which is in its post-production stage. He is also co-starring with Wallis as the protagonist in Showtime Network’s drama series ‘The Loudest Voice’. Crowe was not in the main cast as his character belonged to what was supposed to be a spin-off. So, the actor might not star in the sequel as the main lead but might come for a cameo to set up a spin-off of his own film.
The Mummy Part 2 Crew: Who could be behind it?
Alex Kurtzman has not directed any film since ‘The Mummy’. Kurtzman is currently the executive producer on the CBS police procedural drama ‘Instinct’ (2018 – ) and the science fiction drama ‘Star Trek: Picard’ (2019). David Koepp is coming up as a writer and director on ‘You Should Have Left’, which is scheduled to release later in 2019. Academy Award winner Christopher McQuarrie has recently written the screenplay for ‘Top Gun: Maverick’. He is also the executive producer of the upcoming political thriller miniseries ‘The President Is Missing’. Dylan Kussman, on the other hand, has not written any film since ‘The Mummy’ and hasn’t signed any new project.
New Zealand cinematographer Ben Seresin did not work in any project in 2018 and 2019 but has two films up for 2020. He is the cinematographer on Adam Wingard’s monster film ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ and Doug Liman’s science fiction film ‘Chaos Walking’. Editors Paul Hirsch and Andrew Mondshein have not worked much since ‘The Mummy’. While Mondshein last worked on ‘American Made’, Hirsh has had no releases.
Brian Tyler, who scored the film, has scored on a number of releases in 2019 itself. Apart from the already released ‘Escape Room’, ‘What Men Want’ and ‘Five Feet Apart’, the composer is working on the upcoming Elizabeth Banks’ directed action comedy ‘Charlie’s Angels’. Though the crew is not very busy with too many projects, the critical disparagement they faced might prevent them from work again on any Mummy sequel. However, with no announcements made yet, nothing can be confirmed as of now.
The Mummy Part 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Mummy’ was released on June 9, 2017. It has been more than two years now and we haven’t heard anything about the sequel. Our guess is that the sequel or another spin-off will happen at some point, but Tom Cruise may not be involved with it. The makers may have to go with a fresh slate and some younger names. For now, we have no other option but to wait because we are looking at more than five years wait before the next Mummy film will even be in the realms of conversation.
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