The first film that was to launch Universal’s monster cinematic universe (which was to include Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp), was The Mummy (2017) starring Tom Cruise and directed by Alex Kurtzman.
Kurtzman is known to have worked on the scripts of Transformersthe first two star trek movies, and the amazing spider man 2. He recently recorded a disc with The reading list stating that the film (which currently sits at 16% on Rotten Tomatoes), is “probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally.” Although he regrets many things about making the film, he finds positives in the experience.
“As brutal as it was, in many ways, and as many cooks in the kitchen as there were, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to make these mistakes because it rebuilt me into a person. tougher and it’s also rebuilt me into a clearer filmmaker…. And that’s been a real gift and I feel those gifts all the time because I’m very clear now when I have a feeling that’s not right – I I’m not quiet about it anymore. I literally won’t go on when I get that feeling. It’s not worth it to me. And you can’t reach that place of gratitude until you’ve had that kind of experience.
The man who fell to earth is Kurtzman’s newest television project and debuts on Showtime on April 24 and stars Naomie Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor.