The new, shared Universal Monsters universe is set to start in earnest with The Mummy in 2017, and producer Alex Kurtzman has opened up about what we can expect from the modern-day horror adventure.
Kurtzman couldn’t reveal too much about the plot, but told /Film “the rules change” by making the first legit Mummy movie set in the present day. He also teased they “very well might” feature other monsters from the larger universe, and noted the new main character Tyler Colt (rumored to be a Navy SEAL) is apparently not a SEAL. So yeah, we know less than we thought about the film’s hero.
But, the most interesting stuff focused on the concept of a shared universe, as Kurtzman dug into the advantages of tying all these new monster movies together. For what it’s worth, he said there are no current plans to tie The Mummy into the so-so Dracula Untold (which featured a tacked-on, post-credit scene to bring it into the modern day, in case they decide to officially include the film in the initiative), though he admitted that is still an “ongoing conversation.”
Check out an excerpt from his comments below and and let us know what you think:
“[B]ecause I started in television and have been in television for a long time now, you approach television from a much more serialized longview place. So you think about not just what is the one story I’m telling, but how do I take this story and tell it over many seasons? That’s obviously started to be what’s happening with movies but the challenge is, you have to deliver each movie. Each movie has to be satisfying.
You can’t be so serialized that if you didn’t see the movie that came before, you’re really lost. The benefit of being able to exist in a shared universe world is that you can take more time to develop your characters. You can put them in situations that don’t necessarily resolve right away. That’s really exciting. It means that you don’t just have to have a beginning, a middle and an end in which everything is resolved. Obviously as a writer, that’s a lot of fun because it gives you a lot of room to grow.”
The new Mummy film is set to open March 24, 2017.