Lights, cameras, action! Welcome to a thrilling journey behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most epic adventures – “The Mummy” (2017). Grab your popcorn and get ready to unravel the secrets and magic that went into creating this blockbuster hit. From heart-pounding stunts to mind-blowing visual effects, join us as we delve deep into the making of this cinematic spectacle and discover how a team of talented individuals brought ancient curses, supernatural battles, and larger-than-life creatures to life on the big screen. So buckle up for an exclusive look at all the blood, sweat, and tears poured into crafting every awe-inspiring moment in “The Mummy” (2017)!
The Mummy (2017)
The Mummy is a 2017 American action thriller film directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Chris Morgan. It is produced by Kurtzman, Goldsman, and Sean Daniel. The film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Courtney B. Vance. Production began in February 2016 in the United Kingdom.
After the death of his father, Nick (Cruise) travels to Egypt to find out more about him. He meets Dr. Sofia Vassiliev (Boutella), who tells him that his father was working on a project that would have made him extremely rich. Nick recruits team of specialists to help him: Dr. Henry Jekyll (Johnson), an expert in toxicology; Sergeant Brendan McCarthy (Vance), a military man with experience in jungle warfare; and Zaya (Wallis), Nick’s sister who is a cryptozoologist specializing in ancient Egyptian mummies.
They travel to the desert city of Abydos, where they uncover evidence that indicates their father was trying to create a new kind of mummy—one that could live again. They also discover that someone else is after the same information—a group of criminals led by Abner Ravenwood (Johnson).
With the help of Jekyll’s experimental serum, the team manages to stop Ravenwood and his men from using the mummy technology for evil purposes.
How was the movie made?
The Mummy was filmed in the UK and France over a period of twelve months. The production team used both traditional and digital methods to create the movie.
One of the most challenging aspects of making The Mummy was its visual effects. The production team had to create realistic images of ancient Egypt, as well as convincingly simulate several explosions and car crashes.
To achieve this, they worked with special effects company ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). They used a combination of computergenerated imagery (CGI) and real footage to create the scenes you see in the movie.
Some of the most complex scenes were shot on sets in France, including an Egyptian temple set that took three months to build.
What did they change from the original script?
- The Mummy was originally written with Tom Cruise in mind for the lead role.
- Director Alex Kurtzman and his team had to make a number of changes to the script in order to get Russell Crowe cast as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
- One of the most significant changes was the character’s motivation for becoming Mr. Hyde – originally, he was simply seeking revenge on society.
- Another change involved how Crowe’s character destroys London – originally, he just sets things on fire recklessly.
- In order to make the movie more action-packed, Kurtzman and his team chopped down some scenes and added others in order to streamline the plot.
Behind the scenes of filming
Behind the scenes of filming, The Mummy was a mammoth undertaking. Three years in the making and $275 million dollars were spent on the project, making it one of the most expensive films ever made. But what went into making it? In this blog post, we explore some of the behind-the-scenes secrets of The Mummy.
To start with, Tom Cruise cast his lead actor. Originally, Cruise wanted to hire Andy Serkis (who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings) to play the mummy. However, Universal Pictures wasn’t convinced that Serkis could convincingly portray a centuries-old corpse so they offered him the role of Dr Henry Jekyll instead.
Serkis turned down both offers and instead became involved in another project, War Horse. Consequently, Cruse decided to go with someone else and casting for The Mummy fell through completely.
Eventually, Cruise found his lead actor in Brendan Fraser. Fraser had never been offered a leading role before but after reading the script he knew he wanted to be part of it. He met with Cruise and was instantly sold on playing Alex Proyas’s character.
The biggest challenge during filming wasn’t just creating an eerie atmosphere for the movie but also dealing with all of Tom Cruise’s action sequences. To make sure that everything looked realistic enough for audiences to believe that Cruise was really fighting Egyptian mummies, special effects supervisor Dave Elsey rigged up a lot of props