Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around

The Mummy

Tom Cruise's excessive creative control may have ruined The Mummy

8:00 AM on 06.15.2017 // Hubert Vigilla

More like The Crum-- I can't even finish

The Mummy isn't doing so hot. Poor reviews and a lackluster box office have put the entire Dark Universe cinematic universe in jeopardy. That might not be a bad thing, though. I mean, do we really need an Invisible Man movie starring Johnny Depp? Think about it. There's plenty of blame to go around--a weak script, an inexperienced director, the fact it's a mummy movie--but it turns out Tom Cruise may be most to blame.

According to an exclusive report by Variety, Cruise had an excessive amount of creative control built into his contract (aka Cruise Control®). This included script approval, post-production input, and even some say over The Mummy's marketing and release. While Universal had some qualms about the project, they trusted Cruise's vision anyway. Universal execs may not be making great decisions these days; for instance, they want to make this Dark Universe thing happen and think people want to see an Invisible Man movie with Johnny Depp in it.

To be fair, Cruise could be seen as trying to save a troubled picture by running a lot and acting like someone half his age. I mean, it worked for the Mission: Impossible franchise, right? What I'm saying is The Mummy was probably doomed regardless, and we just wound up with Tom Cruise-flavored doom.

Give the full report at Variety a read to learn more about Cruise's creative decisions. Bonus: Read about an awkward pre-screening speech Cruise gave last week in New York. If anyone can find video of this, please post it in the comments.

[via Variety]

Hubert Vigilla, Editor-at-Large
 Follow Blog + disclosure HubertVigilla Tips
Hubert Vigilla is a writer living in Brooklyn, which makes him completely indistinguishable from 4/5 of people who live in Brooklyn. He writes about film, television, books, music, politics, cu... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Flixist's previous coverage:
The Mummy

  Jun 09

Review: The Mummy

Don't universes get started with a bang?

  Jun 07

Things not looking so hot for The Mummy

In turn, also for the Dark Universe

  Oct 02

Dracula Untold reshoots tie it into Universal's monster universe

Not everything has to end up in a team up movie, Hollywood

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant
Ads on Flixist may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

Review of Sacachispas: Documenting Argentina’s Passion

VPN Service Provider

Poker Films

Tips for the cricket fielding to improve performance

Facts for Cricket Betting Online


Benefits of Human Growth Hormones

The Power of Social Media for You Small Business

Five Reasons Why Slumber is Ideal for Your Fitness

Constantly on the Road? Use these 7 Best Apps for Watching Movies on your iPhone

 Add your impressions


Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -