Tomorrow, Universal Pictures is officially kicking off its monster-movie universe (now dubbed Dark Universe) with a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise.
It also looks like the upcoming summer movie tentpole hasn’t forgotten about Stephen Sommers’ 1999 Mummy reboot by including a very cool easter egg from that movie. Sadly, there’s no Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah or Arnold Vosloo cameo appearance, but a certain prop does show up in the Tom Cruise starrer, so you guys need to keep your eyes peeled.
Here’s what the good folks at Inverse revealed (need I say SPOILERS?!!):
At one point in the film, stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton) and Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey) visit the secret London headquarters of Prodigium, the shadowy group dedicated to studying monsters lead by Russel Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll. The headquarters is full of relics and monster paraphernalia, including a severed hand of a Creature from the Black Lagoon in formaldehyde and a fanged vampire skull. The ‘99 Mummy doesn’t get a shoutout until a little bit later, when Jekyll loses control and turns into Mr. Hyde.
As Mr. Hyde wails on Nick, Jenny tries to gain entrance into the room to assist him. A Prodigium employee who has seen Jekyll transform before attempts to stop her. The two scuffle, but eventually Jenny grabs a heavy book and knocks him on the head. There’s a brief, brief shot of the book — and it’s familiar. It’s the Book of the Dead from the ‘99 Mummy, complete with a star-shaped lock.
How cool is that? I’m a HUGE fan of the 1999 movie (not so much of the following two sequels, however), and I think it’s great that director Alex Kurtzman’s own Mummy reboot will acknowledge Sommers’ film by featuring the Book of the Dead. Even if it's in a blink-or-you-miss-it capacity. What do you guys think?