Tom Cruise is in negotiations to star in Universal’s THE MUMMY REBOOT, helping to launch the studio’s planned series of monster movie revivals. The Mummy is being produced by Transformers’ Alex Kurtzman, Fast & Furious’ Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, with Kurtzman set to direct as well. Jon Mone and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal, while Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts is writing the screenplay.
Cruise, who is currently in the midst of filming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, is not attached as a producer at this point, but per usual, he is expected to have a heavy hand in the film’s development should he officially accept the role.
The Mummy’s production schedule was recently moved from June of 2016 to March of 2017, but it’s possible that Cruise’s involvement could change that; he has an unexpected opening in his schedule prior Mission: Impossible 6’s production start.
Cruise’s joining the pic would inevitably effect the tone of the entire franchise moving forward. When Universal initially announced the monster movie projects as “epic action-adventure,” Kurtzman himself reassured fans that there would be “horror elements” in the new movies. Cruise, however, is one of the most bankable action stars in history, and there’s not a chance that Universal would risk not taking advantage of his international reputation as an action-adventure superstar. Since the new era of monster movies is intended to be a shared universe, one which culminates with an Avengers-style film down the line, Cruise could be shaping the direction of not just one film, but many films for years to come.
Cruise is repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Associate Editor
This story was first reported by Variety.