Universal's The Mummy reboot has been pushed back three months.
According to Variety, The Mummy will now open on June 9, 2017. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters on March 24 of the same year. This also pushes back Universal's overall horror franchise, as The Mummy will kick off a Marvel-style series of interconnected films. Presumably all the rest of the films have been pushed back three months as well.
Tom Cruise is officially signed on to star in The Mummy, playing a former Navy Seal who has some sort of history with the monster. The reboot will be set in present day unlike the trilogy of Brendan Fraser flicks released from 1999 to 2008.
The Mummy will be written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) and directed by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man). Kurtzman is also overseeing Universal's whole monster franchise along with Chris Morgan. The studio will be releasing reboots of their classic characters including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, with the ultimate goal being that the monsters will eventually meet up and enter into one other's films.
The reboots will evidently be a bit more down to earth than you might expect from a typical monster movie, as we previously reported.
“This is not a heightened world,” said producer Chris Morgan. “We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world?’”