Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in ‘The Mummy’ Reboot (EXCLUSIVE)

Tom Cruise the Mummy Reboot
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Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s “The Mummy” reboot, helping to launch Universal’s new era of monster films, sources tell Variety.

The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan as well as Sean Daniel. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.

Jon Spaihts is penning the script. Plot details are vague other than it will be set in present day, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser.

Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.

Universal’s executive VP of production Jon Mone and director of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.

Cruise is currently filming “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Cruise was eyeing a reunion with Doug Liman on the space adventure “Luna Park,” but with Liman directing “Gambit” in the spring, Cruise’s schedule had an opening before he jumped into prep for “Mission: Impossible 6,” which shoots next August.

He is repped by CAA.

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  1. Never tom cruise.What a bout brendan fraser.he was great.give him a chance.

  2. imsent says:

    Just – NO.

  3. marco says:

    please no !!! tom cruse no !!!!

  4. Ben Kabak says:

    Good move!

  5. ron says:

    good idea. he’s made good movies for over 30 years

  6. Franchise mans only one thing: MONEY. Studios are factories; movies are commodities. And box office is also overseas. It’s business and that is all it is for a Hollywood studio.

  7. Heather says:

    This is so disappointing to see. The mummy doesn’t need a reboot, and it especially doesn’t need to be rebooted with Tom cruise. That’s a sure fire way to turn people off the series. Stop messing up good movies!!

  8. K Hayward says:

    I would suggest sending a message to Universal studios for those of you who DON’T want Tom Cruise in this role. That’s what I did. If enough of us contact them, maybe they won’t cast him.

  9. Kelly Hayward says:

    I will never pay to see another Tom Cruise movie again. I will not support an actor who belongs to a cult that commits crimes against humanity and violates civil rights.

    • “Crimes against humanity and violates civil rights.” You are referring to the Catholic Church or Islam, correct? I don’t think TC is Catholic or Muslim.

      • K Hayward says:

        I’m not referring to Catholicism or Muslims. Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. Watch the Going Clear: Prison of Belief documentary and stories of ex-Scientologists and you can hear all about what that cult does. It’s disgusting. There are so many stories of abuse and many other sad things that goes on it’s sickening. I would definitely suggest researching it for yourself and making up your own mind, but in my opinion, Scientology is devil’s work. There needs to be more awareness about it because I don’t think most people are familiar with it at all.

  10. Cj Wilcox says:

    If you are entertaining ideas for the cast, may I suggest Ioan Gruffudd. One of the best character actors in the business would be a win-win situation.

  11. Liv says:

    PLEASE REALLY NO DO. NOT. CAST. TOM. IN. THIS. REMAKE. PLEASE…. Also, really, Hollywood – no original ideas that you have to remake a movie that was made only in 1999?!?!?!? This remake crap has really gotten out of control. Please just stop.

  12. Steve says:

    I like the idea of Tom Cruise in a Mummy movie.

  13. julia says:

    no no tom will ruin the movie can’t act

    • That’s just silly; Cruise knows his job, and he’s had thirty years of successful films to prove it. Not to mention numerous awards and nominations. If you don’t like him, fine, but don’t den reality.

  14. Occultology says:

    I hope everyone connected with this project knows what they’re trying to accomplish here. Please remember that the Mummy and the Magic and the Atmospheric Mythos is supposed to be genuinely Frightening!

  15. NO dear gods No! If you are rebooting the Universal Monsters, no more indiana jones style /Van Helsing adventure pics.. and definitely not anything involving Cruise. Stick to why the monsters were famous.. because it was Horror, not Horrible.

  16. Bridget says:

    If this is really a throwback to the original horror monsters and actors of the day, then I would love to see Tom Hiddleston play in the Mummy, Frankenstein or Dracula movies. In saying this I think back to Peter Cushing playing opposite Christopher Lee in all those great Hammer Films. Tom has that classic look that would be perfect for these types of films.

  17. Gabe says:

    from Brendan Frasier to tom cruise that’s a leap

  18. Far says:

    Sounds like a fun idea and Joliet as Bride of Frankenstein would be an interesting choice

  19. Keira says:

    Dear Universal, unless you are playing this Monster Universe thing as a parody, its a really really bad idea. And this casting of aged action stars (Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie) will not endear you to the type of fans who would come to the amusement park you will inevitably try to build.

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