Looks like Tom Cruise is officially on board to unwrap Universal’s upcoming movie reboot of The Mummy.
The news was sorta/kinda made official when a report over at Variety revealed the studio had set a new release date for its upcoming Mummy reboot, which will now open on June 9, 2017, with Sofia Boutella also apparently on board the movie as the titular villain.
The movie was originally planned for a March 24, 2017, release, so a few months later is not that much of a biggie ... unless you've been counting the days, of course.
Penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange), the monster movie will be helmed by Alex Kurtzman, who also developed the film with Chris Morgan for the studio. Both were brought in by Universal last summer. Not much is known about the film other than that unlike the Stephen Sommers movies starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo as the titular mummy, this one will take place in the present day.
Variety reports that Cruise is not expected to produce (he always likes to add a producer credit to the movies he stars in), but that he will play a large role in the movie’s development.
The new Mummy reboot is the first in a series of movies using characters from Universal’s monster universe films that will culminate in a massive crossover movie event a la Marvel's The Avengers.