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Old 2017-06-11, 21:26   Link #1
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Universal's "Dark Universe"

A dark cloud is hanging over Dark Universe.

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Mummy’s weekend is the lowest domestic opening in the Universal Mummy series when compared to the Brendan Fraser trilogy and even lower than the Dwayne Johnson spinoff The Scorpion King ($36M). So much for a reboot. Even with Cruise hitting his best global opening with $174M here, there’s a question whether Mummy will leg out abroad and break even given the competition in coming weeks.
From the look of things, there's a potential for this cinematic universe being DOA or will only live a short life. I guess Universal suffered the karma after brushing off Dracula Untold (with the freakin' Luke Evans) which ended up being a better movie and more entertaining than Kurtzman's Mummy.
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Old 2017-06-11, 21:59   Link #2
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Well at least the film went beyond its production budget already. Though it probably hasn't covered the overall cost.
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Old 2017-06-15, 21:01   Link #3
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The “Cruise Control” kinda ruined The Mummy according to Variety’s sources

Here’s a slice of the article (read the complete one in the link):
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As Hollywood is playing the blame game on what went wrong on “The Mummy,” which had a measly domestic opening of just $32 million, many fingers are pointing to Cruise.

…several sources close to the production say that Cruise exerted nearly complete creative oversight on “The Mummy,” essentially wearing all the hats and dictating even the smallest decisions on the set. On stage, Cruise admitted his own perfectionist tendencies. “I don’t just make a movie. I give it everything I have and I expect it from everyone also.”

With terrible reviews, “The Mummy,” which insiders say cost as much as $190 million to make and more than $100 million more to market and release worldwide, may struggle to make its money back.

There were other ways that “The Mummy” was transformed from a scary summer popcorn movie into a standard-issue Tom Cruise vehicle. The actor personally commissioned two other writers along with McQuarrie to crank out a new script.

Once the film was done, Cruise brought in his longtime editor Andrew Mondshein to piece together the final picture. (The film’s credits also list Gina and Paul Hirsch as editors.) He spent time in the editing suite overseeing the cutting, which everybody agreed wasn’t working. On the lot, there were differences of opinions about whether Cruise’s directions were improving a picture that had been troubled from its inception or whether they were turning a horror film into a Cruise infomercial. Some believed that Cruise had no choice but to assert himself. Given Kurtzman’s inexperience directing tentpoles, Cruise, who has carried heavily choreographed action movies all his life, had to try to rally the troops or risk having the production fall behind schedule.

Universal knew that if it wanted “The Mummy” to compete against the likes of “Wonder Woman” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” it needed every ounce of Cruise’s waning star power. As the studio scrambled to deal with weak tracking, it released a portrait in late May of Cruise with other actors from the Dark Universe franchise, including Depp and Javier Bardem (who will play Frankenstein). Yet the studio couldn’t even assemble all the actors in the room at the same time, and the image had to be Photoshopped. The Internet reaction to the last-ditch marketing effort was tepid at best. It was another reminder that the big names that once ruled Hollywood are inspiring a lot less love from audiences.
The thing is, considering the inexperienced (if not untalented) director in Alex Kurtzman (and how bad a writer he is for blockbuster), Tom Cruise might have actually saved the movie from being a ballooning and behind-schedule mess. But it’s still a lose-lose situation. Tom & Alex have done what they can do with the material. The major blame is still on the Universal execs who appointed them for what should’ve been a horror franchise before they forced it to compete with the likes of WW & GOTG.

And the story behind the group photo is just sad. For those who don’t know about the group photo (which is a desperate attempt to get some excitement for The Mummy & DU), you can see it below:

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Old 2017-06-16, 03:42   Link #4
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Maybe next time Universal tries to start a cinematic universe, after already failing once (maybe twice now), they'll hire an experienced director so this won't be an issue... Take your risks later on down the road when you can afford a Thor: The Dark World or two...
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Old 2017-06-16, 06:19   Link #5
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Recent interview with cast & director + a glimpse of the Black Carpet event that the previous article brought up:
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