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Tom Cruise is awesome. But what the f'ing f does 'Tom Cruise to star in The Mummy' even mean?! (http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/tom-cruise-set-for-universals-classic-monsters-verse-starring-in-the-mummy-285) And where the hell does that Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe even begin? I Frankenstein? Ugh, hope not. Dracula Untold? Not near as bad but I still fell asleep and yeah, meh... maybe this will be the start of it er... again? lol Interesting news though. Maybe Cruise will be playing Van Helsing in this movie and start going throughout all the other Universal monster movies? That could actually be really cool and unique. I just can't see him either taking role of the Mummy himself or the Brendan Fraser type Mummy role (which I don't think this movie is going for at all anyway) especially because they're trying to craft a MCU-style universe here and ultimately a Fraser-Mummy character would be insignificant, whereas a Van Helsing character would be much more prominent and worthy of Cruise
also I mean come on, he needs to be a movie-trotting Van Helsing because then he can use his awesome running skills on all the Universal monsters
"Because Guillermo del Toro had to leave and I jumped in and took over, we didn’t wind the clock back a year and a half and give me a year and a half prep to design the movie I was going to make, which was different to what he was doing...It was impossible, and as a result of it being impossible I just started shooting the movie with most of it not prepped at all.
You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re making it up there and then on the spot […] We would just tell the crew to take an extended lunch for an hour or so because I wanted to just get my head completely clear and plot it through. I spent so much of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it […] even from a script point of view Philippa [Boyens], Fran [Walsh], and I hadn’t got the entire scripts written to our satisfaction so that was a very high pressure situation."
That's pretty disappointing. While I still certainly think it's a good trilogy (thanks to the fantastic AUJ and the really good BOTFA) it definitely has its flaws or at least things that could've been improved, excised, whatever. Sounds like more than anything it was just kind of rushed... and I don't really know why. I mean really, why did the studio force them to do it like this? I get that they want money, and they sure did get it, but you'd think that they'd have enough respect for the material and for Jackson after the LOTR trilogy that with the director/creative change-up they would allow Jackson ample time to rearrange everything and think everything out himself... rather than this day-by-day near improv type thing. I mean sure it worked for Iron Man, but this ain't Iron Man lol. A shame. All things considered though, it being rushed and everything, I think it turned out a lot, lot better than it could have. Still wish they would've turned back the clocks a year and a half or whatever and just delayed it while he retooled it. Ah well.