‘The Mummy’ Reboot Bombed, But Director Took “Gifts” From It

by Thomas Tuna

Is the sarcophagus half-empty or half-full?

Alex Kurtzman–the filmmaker behind 2017’s The Mummy remake that was supposed to kickstart Universal Picture’s Dark Universe–apparently is a man who learns from his mistakes. That horror reboot may have been, well, a horror, but life goes on.

That reimagining of the 1932 Boris Karloff-led horror classic–which saw Tom Cruise as Sgt. Nick Morton reawaken Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) from her prison tomb–received generally negative reviews and may have lost the studio as much as $95 million when all was said and done.

And Kurtzman–in a recent interview with The Playlist–acknowledged the film’s shortcomings, but somehow found the treasure amid the trash. “My point of view is that you learn nothing from your successes, and everything from your failures,” he said. “And that was probably the biggest failure of my life.”

Kurtzman added there are “about a million things I regret about it, but it also gave me so many beautiful gifts. I didn’t become a director until I made that movie. And it wasn’t because it was well-directed–it was because it wasn’t.”

The director said he looks back on The Mummy “with gratitude. It took me awhile to get there, but my life is better for it.”

Kurtzman went on to provide a spark to the Star Trek universe with such TV series as Star TrekDiscovery and Star TrekPicard. And Universal’s Dark Universe may not be dead yet–with the popularity of 2020’s The Invisible Man, the planned reboot of Wolfman (starring Ryan Gosling) and the upcoming horror-comedy Renfield.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on the fate of the Dark Universe.


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