A trailer for Universal’s forthcoming The Mummy reboot was uploaded to the official IMAX YouTube page this week without sound — leaving a clip for the Tom Cruise movie devoid of anything except the shouts of the cast.
The new film, which is out on June 9, stars Cruise and Russell Crowe, among others. In the teaser, which debuted earlier this month, Cruise’s character is seemingly killed before being brought back to life.
As director Alex Kurtzman told EW, “There’s an origin story happening on two different fronts. I won’t tell you too much more than that, other than to say: One of the things that I think has defined Tom Cruise movies, for 30 years, is that Tom Cruise always saves the day. You know whenever you’re in a Tom Cruise movie that he’s gonna figure out a way to save the day. And that’s great, and it’s why I pay my money to see his movies. However, in the context of a monster movie, it’s challenging, because monster movies are about characters who are often very out of control, and don’t know how to save the day. The first thing I said to Tom was, ‘It’ll be scarier if we can take away the fundamental knowledge that you’re gonna solve the problem.'”
He added, “In the trailer, when he comes back to life, suddenly he’s in a situation where he has no idea what’s happening. It removes safety of: “He knows what he’s doing.” Once you remove that, and anything is possible, the movie can actually free itself up to be scary. The ending of a more traditional movie would probably be the ending of our first act.”
For an in-depth look at the trailer — one with actual voices and more — head here for our exclusive interview with Kurtzman.