The Mummy has become Tom Cruise’s most successful international movie debut taking in an impressive $142 million on its opening weekend helped in part by a strong showing in China.
Critics have panned the 1999 re-make with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 16%. Many critics felt the movie had moved too far away from the original movies premise and formula which made the original a classic. Also Tom Cruise lacked the goofiness and charm of the original character played by Brendan Fraiser.
And with a rumoured budget of around $190 million, the movie will need to continue to perform in order to be considered
According to Variety, the leading man Cruise had an ‘excessive amount of control’ over the movie and made significant changes to the original script.
The damning report, which cites numerous sources, describes what happened as another ‘textbook case of a movie star run amok’.
Sources close to the project claim the movies backer Universal contractually agreed to give Cruise control over script approval, post-production oversight and marketing.
Supervising art director Frank Walsh said of The Mummy: “This is very much a film of two halves: before Tom and after Tom. I have heard the stories about how he drives everything and pushes and pushes, but it was amazing to work with him.
“The guy is a great filmmaker and knows his craft. 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.”
Universal have issued a statement on the report, saying: “Tom approaches every project with a level of commitment and dedication that is unmatched by most working in our business today.”
“He has been a true partner and creative collaborator, and his goal with any project he works on is to provide audiences with a truly cinematic moviegoing experience.”