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Updated: Tom Cruise joins Universal's Classic Monsters-Verse for The Mummy

11.24.2015

UPDATE: Both Tom Cruise's camp and Universal have vehemently denied that there is no deal in the works for the actor to star in THE MUMMY, so put this one in your "Wait and see" column for the time being.

And you were skeptical about what Universal is planning to do in order to get their Classic Monsters shared universe off the ground...? Well, the studio just locked up one of the biggest movie stars in the world to help kickstart their efforts.

Tom Cruise has agreed to star in THE MUMMY, although the nature of his role is still being kept under the veil of secrecy. The film is set in present-day, but there is still some wonder what story it is they're going to tell, be it one of the leaked concepts that have surfaced in recent months or something new entirely that Jon Spaights has penned for the script. With Cruise now signed, sealed and delivered, you can be sure he'll be an active part of the property's development, so all bets are off moving forward as to what THE MUMMY shapes up to be.

If you remember, Cruise was once attached to a reboot of VAN HELSING, so his affinity for classic monster tales is rather clear. That film may have never come to fruition, but Universal almost feels better off as a result. After all, there are far worse decisions to make than to use one of the more bankable talents in the industry to attract eyes to the first film of a then-larger universe. That's how you hook 'em, and Universal seems to be understand that right now, with word spreading that they are also chasing Angelina Jolie for BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

According to Justin Kroll who broke the story, Cruise had an opening in his schedule between JACK REACHER 2 and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 after Doug Liman agreed to do GAMBIT. That put LUNA PARK on hold for a little bit, and THE MUMMY fit right in. OVERLOOK HOTEL, the prequel to THE SHINING, also was trying to lure Cruise, but THE MUMMY provided too powerful a chance for Cruise to get involved with something he's a big fan of itself. And that's how we got here.

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12:58AM on 11/25/2015
Cool news! Can't wait to hear some more info on this. Will it be like the Mummy films we've already seen with Brenden Fraiser, or something else different?
Cool news! Can't wait to hear some more info on this. Will it be like the Mummy films we've already seen with Brenden Fraiser, or something else different?
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6:02PM on 11/24/2015

" Both Tom Cruise's camp and Universal have vehemently denied that there is no deal in the works"

So, there IS a deal in the works?
So, there IS a deal in the works?
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12:55AM on 11/25/2015
yeah I though that was confusing too
yeah I though that was confusing too
5:32AM on 11/26/2015
So glad I'm not the only one who noticed that.
So glad I'm not the only one who noticed that.
5:45PM on 11/24/2015
I hope to see nic cage as a wild eyed batshit crazy van helsing.
I hope to see nic cage as a wild eyed batshit crazy van helsing.
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5:01PM on 11/24/2015

And again I repeat.....

NO ONE is clamoring for a Monster Squad superhero film. This is the dumbest idea ever. With Cruise's involvement, I'm guessing the individual film will be better, but the idea of the monster world is straight out of Ed Wood realm. The only way it would work would be as a comedy.
NO ONE is clamoring for a Monster Squad superhero film. This is the dumbest idea ever. With Cruise's involvement, I'm guessing the individual film will be better, but the idea of the monster world is straight out of Ed Wood realm. The only way it would work would be as a comedy.
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5:10PM on 11/24/2015
and no one was clamoring for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie when they announced it. Keep expectations low or tempered and if it's good. Then Great.
and no one was clamoring for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie when they announced it. Keep expectations low or tempered and if it's good. Then Great.
5:28PM on 11/24/2015
Well, my expectations couldn't get much lower. If the idea itself wasn't bad enough, Dracula Untold showed that the whole thing needs to die soon.
Well, my expectations couldn't get much lower. If the idea itself wasn't bad enough, Dracula Untold showed that the whole thing needs to die soon.
8:42PM on 11/24/2015
What do these movies have to do with superhero films? Nothing. Sure, Universal alluded to mirroring Marvel's approach, but that was in terms of a shared universe, not in the films being a "Monster Squad superhero film".
What do these movies have to do with superhero films? Nothing. Sure, Universal alluded to mirroring Marvel's approach, but that was in terms of a shared universe, not in the films being a "Monster Squad superhero film".
10:28PM on 11/24/2015
Actually B-Man, Universal has made statements that the "shared universe" would include a team-up at a later point to fight an ultimate evil. They may go away from that plan, but I doubt it (unless the films don't reach the necessary level of success).
Actually B-Man, Universal has made statements that the "shared universe" would include a team-up at a later point to fight an ultimate evil. They may go away from that plan, but I doubt it (unless the films don't reach the necessary level of success).
4:55PM on 11/24/2015

Given Tom Cruise's stature in the industry

I would be very surprised if they don't hand him the role of The Mummy, especially if it's going to be a franchise picture. I suspect Universal is pursuing an AVENGERS-style take on their classic monsters, with Cruise taking the Robert Downey Jr. position.
I would be very surprised if they don't hand him the role of The Mummy, especially if it's going to be a franchise picture. I suspect Universal is pursuing an AVENGERS-style take on their classic monsters, with Cruise taking the Robert Downey Jr. position.
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4:49PM on 11/24/2015
Ok Universal. Ya got me. I was beginning to write this franchise off as quickly as you could say Dracula Untold but you had me at "Tom Cruise". (See what I did there?)
Ok Universal. Ya got me. I was beginning to write this franchise off as quickly as you could say Dracula Untold but you had me at "Tom Cruise". (See what I did there?)
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4:44PM on 11/24/2015
I don't know that I can argue with the logic of his casting. He may not be the bankable star Cruise or Jolie is, but I want to see them snag Nicolas Cage for one of these. Just think of the possibilities.
I don't know that I can argue with the logic of his casting. He may not be the bankable star Cruise or Jolie is, but I want to see them snag Nicolas Cage for one of these. Just think of the possibilities.
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4:29PM on 11/24/2015
Awesome news. Glad to see him being apart of something as big as this new iconic monster shared universe (even though he already has Mission Impossible). Hopefully with Cruise signing on, Universal can attract just as big quality and talent to join him in this shared universe.
Awesome news. Glad to see him being apart of something as big as this new iconic monster shared universe (even though he already has Mission Impossible). Hopefully with Cruise signing on, Universal can attract just as big quality and talent to join him in this shared universe.
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