The first version of the new Mummy looked a whole lot different

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Sep 8, 2017

The latest iteration of The Mummy wasn't just a reboot -- it was an entire reimagining of the iconic horror movie.

In the 1932 film, the titular undead character was played by By Boris Karloff, the beloved horror actor who looked like a man possessed even when out of makeup. The '90s iteration of the franchise also went with a male mummy. For the new version, director Alex Kurtzman decided to go with a wholly new approach, casting Kingsman and Star Trek Beyond star Sofia Boutella as the evil undead witch queen.

Ahead of the movie's release, we looked at the various concepts tossed around for Boutella's mummy costume, focused on the immediate post-mortem — the classic wrap get-up in which ancient Egyptians laid to rest their most important monarchs and people of note.

In this new video exclusive to SYFY WIRE below, Kurtzman and his team talk about the various versions of Ahmanet's different looks. And there were a number of different iterations needed, for both her life as a queen — spoiler alert: she doesn't get to call that throne her own for long — and her new human form upon her reanimation (it's a pretty terrifying sequence).

Kurtzman and his below-the-line collaborators also offer up some storyboards from the project, illustrating just how much attention was paid to detail. The video also includes some behind-the-scenes photos, which indicate a surprising amount of actual sets (instead of total green screen) and location work.

They worked hard to get the looks right, because there was more at stake than just one movie: The Mummy is meant to start a larger film franchise — the Dark Universe — for Universal Studios. It faltered a bit at the American box office, but thanks to the popularity of star Tom Cruise around the world, the movie surpassed $400 million at the box office. The movie is also climbing up the iTunes charts and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 12.