Technically Universal Pictures’ mission to establish a shared universe for its monsters is already underway because the studio squeezed some connective tissue into Dracula Untold after the fact, but the first movie to be shot post monster movie mash-up announcement is The Mummy. The film will mark Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut. He’ll be working with a Jon Spaihts-penned script with Chris Morgan producing.
Beyond that and the fact that the film’s got a June 24, 2016 release, we don’t know all that much about the project. However, if the latest rumors are true, now we’ve got some story details, too. Hit the jump to check them out.
“The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi dessert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and his teams surprise the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more then some grave robbers who have all magically died. Upon entering the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb. Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find an Black Iron Sarcophagus. It’s marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entranced by the forces to open up and release what is inside. But after placing his hand onto the sarcophagus he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star shaped symbol. From then on his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria ….. The Mummy.”
Even if I look past the fact that the sequence takes place in the “Iraqi dessert,” I still don’t really get it. Tyler Colt’s mind is forever cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal. Does that mean Colt is just haunted by nightmares after the encounter and he doesn’t actually become The Mummy himself? Or, does The Mummy take over Tyler’s body? Either way, these story details are completely unproven, so we’re better off not getting too hung up on them just yet.