A lot was promised from “ The Mummy ”. The blockbuster with Tom Cruise was supposed to act as the start for the so-called Dark Universe (a kind of MCU with monsters) for the Universal Studio, but could not meet the high expectations in any way. With a rumored budget of between 125 and 195 million US dollars, the film grossed just 410 million US dollars internationally, which can definitely be seen as a failure, not least in view of the high advertising costs. In addition, the reviews were also more than mixed (we also only gave an average of 2.5 stars out of 5).
The FILMSTARTS review of «The Mummy»
Alex Kurtzman , who is now the main person responsible for all current «Star Trek» series (including » Star Trek: Discovery » and » Star Trek: Picard «), has spoken in his podcast about his directorial debut «The Mummy» and his experiences in clear words summarized:
“I tend to take the position that you learn nothing from your successes and everything from your failures. And ‘The Mummy’ was probably the biggest mistake of my life, both personally and professionally. There’s like a million regrets about it, but it’s also given me so many gifts that are beyond words. I didn’t become a director until I made this film, and not because it was well directed — but because it wasn’t.»
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While Kurtzman is disappointed, the author of ‘Transformers,’ ‘Star Trek’ (2009) and ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ has also learned a lesson by learning more about filmmaking than ever after studying it process is gone through. Kurtzman goes further in this regard:
«And as brutal as it was in many ways, and as many chefs have been active in the kitchen, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to make these mistakes because it molded me into a tougher person and a clearer filmmaker. That was a real gift and I feel those gifts all the time because I’m very confident now if I feel like something doesn’t feel right — I don’t keep quiet about it anymore. I literally won’t move on when I’m feeling this way.»
Alex Kurtzman just finished a new sci-fi series alongside his Star Trek work. This is The Man Who Fell To Earth , a serial re-imagining of the Nicolas Roeg classic The Man Who Fell To Earth, which at the time starred David Bowie. In addition to serving as showrunner and co-writer, Kurtzman also co-directed with Joss Agnew. It is still unclear when we will also be able to find out in Germany whether Kurtzman was actually able to draw the right lessons from the «Die Mummy» flop here.
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