“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”
Where to start. Okay, so as a fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy from back in the day, like many I was skeptical. But at the end of the day, I have to appreciate that this film was not a copycat. And it’s still funny. Tom Cruise has proven that he is a very versatile actor, and like many actors, he’s going to have some bad movies under his belt. This certainly isn’t his worst film but it’s not his best either, I’ll admit to that. Was the story the best? Certainly not. I’m going to go ahead and agree with some of the critics who question if the film would have been better had it not been so set on establishing the Dark Universe. Continue reading Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)→
Just in case audiences responded favorably to Guillermo Del Toro’s robots-versus-monsters blockbuster Pacific Rim (which is expected), Hollywood wants to make sure it has rival sci-fi/tech/robot/battle projects in the pipeline. As a result, Rim studio Warner Bros. has decided to move ahead with a big-budget adaptation of the anime series Robotech, officially tapping a director for the gig.
Nic Mathieu, a CGI-friendly commercial director, will make his feature-film debut with Warner’s sprawling Robotech project, The Hollywood Reporter notes. So what is Robotech? The Japanese anime ran for 85 episodes, airing in the U.S. in 1985. The initial story involved humans discovering an alien ship that had crashed on a South Pacific island, then using the technology aboard the craft to create weaponry – and massive robots – that were used in subsequent Robotech wars. So yeah, it sounds a little like Pacific Rim. The original show led to several spinoffs, which means that Warner sees tons of franchise potential if the first movie manages to connect to an audience.
THR notes that Robotech has been in development at Warner since 2007, with producers Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire pushing the film along toward production. Hiring a director should get the ball rolling, though it will be curious to see if Mathieu will be able to hire one more screenwriter to take a pass on the screenplay that has been workshopped to death at the studio.
THR also points out that Warner also has Mathieu’s name attached to The Wind, a sci-fi project that they picked up from writer David Koepp. And he has been circling the alien drama The Story of Your Life for Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps. So he has an eye for sci-fi. But which project will jump to the top of his to-do list? We’ll find out soon enough.