Mummy Franchise Dead

Ironic right?

Yes, in a move that put the final nail in the sarcophagus for The Mummy franchise. Two producers in charge of the ‘Dark Universe’ have totally quit. The ‘Dark Universe’ was set to be a new franchise of movies, including The Mummy as the starting point. But, the movie was met with disappointing box office figures and was slammed by critics.

The movie starred Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and even Johnny Depp, yet nothing could seem to save this game.

The first movie which hit the screen in 1999, which starred Brendan Fraiser, and was actually a really fun movie.

Universal president Peter Cramer said in a statement, ‘We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision. We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.’

The situation is a mess. There are now no producers attached to the project and The Hollywood Reporter said that the ‘expensively refurbished Hollywood offices designed as a headquarters for the series, are now sitting empty.’

The first sign of trouble for the franchise came last month after Bride of Frankenstein director Bill Condon denied that the film was connected to a larger universe. Shortly after this, the movie’s pre-production was cut by Universal, then removed from its release slate entirely.

There have been talks that the connected universe would be scrapped entirely, in favour of just doing monster movies with established filmmakers.

Looks like this ‘mummy,’ will not be resurrected.