Are you ready for “The Mummy”?

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The Dark Universe, like the universes depicted by Marvel and DC Comics, will entertain anyone that loves a high degree of continuity in the productions they watch.

“The Mummy,” having premièred on Monday, 22 May 2017 at Sydney’s State Theatre, is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom and the United States on Friday, 9 June 2017.

Kurtzman

The Kurtzman directed film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari and Russell Crowe.

The film, directed by Alex Kurtzman, will open your mind to a brand-new interpretation of a well-established universe. Renowned actors have played the characters we will see in Dark Universe productions.

If you are wondering what it is that gives Kurtzman the credentials he needs to sit in the directorial chair of “The Mummy,” you need not look any further than his resume. Born in 1973, Kurtzman has proven track record as an executive producer. The caliber of his work is boldly dynamic.

Written by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman, “The Mummy” is the first instalment in the Dark Universe film series.

Beginning with the 1932 pre-Code Karl Freund directed horror film, “The Mummy,” the Universal Monsters horror series included six instalments, ending with the 1955 Charles Lamont directed horror comedy film “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.”

Since 1955, there have been other attempts to recreate these visionary characters but the success of the films have been spotty at best.

The new franchise with undoubtedly add a new dynamic to the stories.

The story that will unfold in “The Mummy” came from the minds of Kurtzman, Jon Spaihts and Jenny Lumet.

In this first instalment of the Dark Universe franchise, the title character is played by Boutella. Loosely based on the Egyptian goddess Amunet, Boutella’s character is Princess Ahmanet / The Mummy.

Amunet, a primordial goddess in the Ancient Egyptian religion, is a member of the Ogdoad and the consort of Amun.

If the name Dr. Henry Jekyll sounds familiar, there is a perfectly good explanation.

In 1886, the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson first introduced the character Jekyll to the world in the novella “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Jekyll and Hyde, essentially opposing sides of the same coin, are two distinct personalities possessed by the same person.

Played by Crowe, Jekyll will be seen in further Dark Universe instalments. The same is equally true for the dark sinister Hyde.

The Dark Universe, inclusive of the Bill Condon directed “Bride of Frankenstein,” will comprise of the yet untitled “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “Invisible Man,” “Van Helsing” and “Wolf Man” films.

With a wealth of characters to draw from, the franchise has endless possibilities. The inclusion of a “Van Helsing” alone suggests the need for casting actors in the roles of Dracula, Renfield, Jonathan Harker and Minerva Westenra.

Only time will tell if the Dark Universe will be as popular as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the genres are completely different, the concept remains the same.

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Shain E. Thomas, recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, is currently working on an M.Sc. in Library Science. Shain, the senior editor of "Harsh Light," is also the U.S. Correspondent for "The Welshman" and a regular contributor to the "North Texas Daily."