He also had a great deal of input on the film’s marketing and release strategy, these sources said, advocating for a June debut in a prime summer period.
“I have heard the stories about how he drives everything and pushes and pushes, but it was amazing to work with him. He will walk onto a set and tell the director what to do, say ‘that’s not the right lens,’ ask about the sets, and as long as you don’t fluff what you’re saying to him …he’s easy to work for.” Once the film was done, Cruise brought in his longtime editor Andrew Mondshein to piece together the final picture.In the 1990s and early aughts, studios shelled out big money for the likes of Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and Harrison Ford, confident that their names above the title could guarantee ticket sales.In exchange they were offered big perks, hefty salaries, and a sizable share of the profits.The film is performing much stronger overseas, where it was Cruise’s biggest international rollout with a 2 million opening weekend.
It’s not clear if the movie will break even, and it’s cast a shadow on the studio’s plans for a Dark Universe franchise that’s supposed to feature A-list stars like Johnny Depp (as “The Invisible Man”) and Angelina Jolie (in negotiations for “The Bride of Frankenstein”).
There were few signs that a major blockbuster was about to premiere when “The Mummy” rolled into Manhattan last week.
The marquee of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatres had gone blank. Security only let guests past barricades after quizzing them about what they were there to see, and everybody had to walk through two imposing metal detectors.
Inside the theater, Tom Cruise was jubilant, as he stood in front of the crowd. He introduced Alex Kurtzman, the film’s director, as well as the cast members, who stood quietly as Cruise delivered a 10-minute improvised speech. “It’s a team effort.” But in the case of “The Mummy,” one person–Cruise–had an excessive amount of control, according to several people interviewed.
The reboot of “The Mummy” was supposed to be the start of a mega-franchise for Universal Pictures.
As Kurtzman struggled to adjust to scope of the project, it felt more like Cruise was the real director, often dictating the major action sequences and micro-managing the production, according to sources.