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It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.

Well, I know a few people who may say otherwise. And like with everything else, it depends on the book.

But I don’t really want to talk about books. More like the movie that particular quote comes from.

If you’re unaware, I’m talking about the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ staring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. I really liked the movie as Ancient Egypt has always been a big interest of mine. Of course they didn’t get EVERYTHING correct in the movie.

  • The codex-style books (pages, covers and binding) were not invented until the Roman Empire. Ancient Egyptians used scrolls. Therefore the Book of the Dead or book of Amun-Ra should not look like modern ‘books’ at all.
  • After being hanged and prior to boarding the boat Rick is explaining to Evie about his troop believing in the city so much they marched across Libya. The movie is based in 1923 and the country was not referred to as Libya until 1934.
  • When they seek Winston’s help, the Victrola is playing at 33 rpm. Victrolas only play at 78 rpm; long-playing (33 rpm) records did not appear until the 1950s.
  • The knife that Rick uses to cut out the scarab from Jonathan’s arm is a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife, which would not have been available in 1923.
  • The plane Winston is flying is a Stampe et Vertongen SV-4B. These planes went into production in 1930, five years after the film is set.
  • Dr. Bey says that Hamunaptra was a myth told by the “Arabs” to Greek and Roman tourists, but the Arab conquest of Egypt was after the Greek and Roman periods.
  • The ancient Egyptians believed that there was a strong link between death and the compass direction west (where the sun “died” every evening). The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra as they approach it suggests that they have been traveling eastwards from the Nile, but if the ancient Egyptians had built a “City of the Dead” they would never have built it on the eastern side of the Nile. [However, the movie never claims otherwise. The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra does mean that they approached it from the west, but it doesn’t mean that they have been traveling eastward from the Nile. Apparently they circled around to the western side of Hamunaptra, so that the rising sun could show them the way. This would also explain why both parties approached the lookout point from the opposite directions (they circled the city differently).]
  • In the opening shot of Thebes, pyramids are visible, but there were no pyramids built around Thebes. You can also see a small version of a Sphinx in front of the pyramids, making the whole set look like Giza, in Cairo.
  • The movie refers to “Bedouin Tuareg”. The Bedouin and the Tuareg are two different peoples, the Bedouin being Arab and the Tuareg being Berber. The Tuareg live in the Sahara to the west, not in the vicinity of Egypt.
  • Imhotep fears cats because “cats are the guardians of the Underworld”. In Egyptian mythology, cats were associated with the goddesses Bastet (fertility, motherhood and protection) and Sekhmet (healing) and not the Underworld.
  • Both times, when the Arab horsemen are attacking Hamunaptra, the sound of ululation is heard. In the Middle East, this sound is traditionally made by women, and during times of celebration or grieving. It wouldn’t be made by attacking men on horseback.
  • The hieroglyphs on Ardeth Bay’s forehead are supposed to spell Imhotep. They are, however, incorrect, and are translated as Imhotper, rather than Imhotep.
  • When Dr. Allen Chamberlain is reading the mummy’s curse in hieroglyphs, he is in fact reading them the wrong way. The way the hieroglyphs were facing, they were meant to be read right-to-left. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can be read right-to-left, left-to-right, or up-to-down.
  • When Evelyn and Rick climb down into the vault under the statue, Evelyn uses mirrors to illuminate the chamber. You see the light passing from one mirror to the next. The speed of light is way too fast to be tracked like that.
  • There are five canopic jars pictured in the chest. However, only four canopic jars were ever used during mummification. The heart was left in the body, and there for would not have had a corresponding canopic jar.
  • At the beginning of the movie when the horsemen are about to shoot O’Connell, all of the horsemen are holding bolt-action rifles with one hand as they get ready to shoot and you hear all of the rifles being cocked even though it takes two hands to cock a bolt-action rifle.
  • The “Royal Air Corps” has never existed. It was the Royal Flying Corps until 1918 and has been the Royal Air Force ever since.
  • The ancient Egyptians in the movie, i.e., Seti I, Anck-su-Namun, and Imhotep, are actual historical figures. However, that’s where the accuracy ends. A simple look at their lifespans shows that these three characters could never have known each other. Imhotep (2650 BC – 2600 BC) died over 1,000 years before the reign of Seti I (to 1279 BC). Anck-su-Namun (1348 BC -1322 BC) never knew Seti I. She was wife of her half brother Tutankhamun “King Tut” (1332 BC – 1323 BC).

Just to name a few things. And yes, I did get help with these facts as I’m not THAT good with Ancient Egypt!

Fast forward 18 years (oh holy shit, really??) and we have a new The Mummy movie that is coming out this summer June 8. Unlike the 1999 gem this one has the mummy as a princess who has been denied her destiny. Which right there is sort of skewed as destiny means “the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future” so her dying or being killed was actually her destiny. And according to IMDB the new movie IS a remake of the 1999 movie. Here are some other facts IMDB has thrown out for us:

  • The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universals monster universe.
  • The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters”, is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.
  • It is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe
  • Ironically, while casting the male lead in The Mummy (1999), Tom Cruise was considered before director Stephen Sommers eventually selected Brendan Fraser. Eighteen years later, Cruise plays the lead in this remake.
  • Sofia Boutella’s character is named Princess Ahmanet, which is similar (but not related) to Amunet, a primordial Ancient Egyptian goddess that was the consort of the deity Amun.
  • The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • The film marks the first collaboration between Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.
  • The zero gravity scene took 64 takes and was shot for 2 days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.
  • Len Wiseman was originally set to direct, but he dropped out before production began. Wiseman was then replaced by Andrés Muschietti, but he also later dropped out due to creative differences.
  • This will be the first movie in The Mummy franchise where the mummy is female.
  • Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Eddie Redmayne were all considered to play Dr. Henry Jekyll before Russell Crowe was cast in the role.
  • This remake of “The Mummy” will be released 85 years after the 1932 original version, 18 years after the 1999 remake, and 16 years after “The Mummy Returns”.
  • This film’s tagline, “A new world of gods and monsters,” is taken from a line in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which featured the original Mummy, Boris Karloff. This line also inspired the title of the film Gods and Monsters (1998), which starred Brendan Fraser, star of the 1999 film The Mummy (1999).
  • Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is not the first female mummy in the Universal Monsters franchise. Before her are:
    –The Mummy (1932), Imhotep (Boris Karloff) searched across millennia for his mummified lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon (Zita Johann), who had been reincarnated as Helen Grosvenor.
  • The Mummy’s Hand (1940), Kharis (Tom Tyler) had hoped to resurrect his beloved, the mummified Princess Ananka (Zita Johann, archive footage). Before he could, however, he was caught, and for his unholy transgression Kharis was cursed to be an undead mummy forever.
  • The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), although Ananka was absent in this film she did appear in The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), reincarnated as Amina Monsouri (Ramsay Ames). When Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) eventually captured Amina, she transformed into the 3,000 year old mummy of Princess Ananka.
  • The Mummy’s Curse (1944), Princess Ananka’s mummy (Virginia Christine) clawed her way out of a muddy grave before being transformed once again into a beautiful woman.
  • The film was partially filmed in London, England, with shooting taking place in July 2016.
  • The Mummy is written by Christopher McQuarrie who has previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).
  • The plane crash sequence was partially shot with Tom Cruise on the ‘vomit comet’ zero-g airplane.
  • The character played by Tom Cruise was originally named Tyler Colt, but this was ultimately changed to Nick Morton.
  • The film will feature 2 Oscar Nominated Actors – Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe who are collaborating for the first time.
  • The release of this film and American Made (2017) mark the first time Tom Cruise has appeared in more than one film per year since 2012. In 2012, he starred in both Rock of Ages (2012) and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • The first live action Mummy film to be released since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
  • Universal was once the reigning studio of horror films. Starting with Dracula (1931) and all through the decades was known as such to the present.
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll is a character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. He struggles with good and the bad attitudes in his life, thus creating the two different personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde whose first name is Edward.
  • This will be the fourth Mummy film to receive a PG-13 rating.
  • This is not Tom Cruise’s first foray into the horror genre. He played a vampire in the film “Interview with the Vampire” (1994).
  • Baltasar Kormákur was offered the opportunity to direct, but turned it down.
  • Alex Kurtzman’s 2nd directorial after People Like Us (2008).
  • Composer Brian Tyler will be giving music to The Fate of the Furious too, another Universal studio produced movie.
  • As of May 22 2017, Universal Studios is officially calling their new monster universe the Dark Universe. This was also hinted at in the 3rd trailer.

While it may be a remake of the 1999 movie it does not seem to be a remake of the 1932 movie.

Judging by the trailers and the description, it seems not [to be a remake]. The 1932 picture concerned a male mummy which had come to life and was searching for his reincarnated lover. This movie appears to concern a magically powerful, power hungry female ruler of Egypt whose resting place is disturbed, resulting in her trying to reassert her power over the world. So it looks more like a remake of the 1980 film “The Awakening”, which was in itself a remake of the Hammer Horror film “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971), which was in turn a working of the Bram Stoker novel “Jewel of the Seven Stars”. Interestingly, there is also a mockbuster version of this ‘evil queen mummy’ idea which was released in 1998 to steal the thunder of the Brendan Fraser movie. It was titled “Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy”.

I don’t understand how it is not a remake of the 1932 film but be a remake of the 1999 film since that one was in fact a remake of the 1932 film. And even IMDB says it is a remake of the 1932 film in the 1999 movie FAQ page (which there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie–really? Why the bloody hell not???).

The Mummy is a loose remake of The Mummy (1932), which was based on a script by American playwright John Balderston, who also contributed to Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) and covered the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb for New York World when he was a journalist. Balderston’s script was rewritten for this film by screenwriters Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy (1999)). Two sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). A novelization, also titled The Mummy and written by American writer Max Allan Collins, was released concurrently with the movie.

Of course keep in mind that IMDB is in fact made up of paid subscribers and they don’t know everything if anything.

What I’m getting to is that I am not entirely sure this remake is going to do any of the previous movies any good. And could very well be quite the horrific start to Universal Studios’ new monster universe.

We’ve all seen it. Studios try to kick off a grouping of movies but falling flat on their faces. More so after Marvel Studios had such a whirl wind of cash with their brilliant collection of movies starting with my personal favorite of Iron Man back in 2008.

What other studios don’t seem to grasp, and I really cannot believe that not a one of the people in their employ hasn’t said anything–or if they have they haven’t been listened to (dumbasses) is that the only way to have the type of success Marvel Studios is finally  having is to set everything up as they did.

Did anyone imagine what was being planned out in 2008 watching Iron Man? I didn’t. Also as I have said many times, I’m not a comic book reader and certainly wasn’t clued in to a lot of the hidden clues about what was going on. I’m sure the fan base realized slowly, perhaps after Thor hit theaters in 2011.

It sort of took many by surprise. Especially since Marvel Studios hasn’t always had the best of luck. The Incredible Hulk comes to mind. Thankfully they finally hit gold with Mark Ruffalo (no offense Edward Norton) and I can understand why they haven’t thought about doing another Hulk movie.

By the time The Avengers started showing trailers, everyone was hooked. I was beyond excited as I had indeed seen all the movies up to that point so I had a good grasp of what had been happening and I am an avid staying through the credits type of girl. Even when I didn’t understand what was going on when they were hinting at what was coming (the exception was Mjöllnir in New Mexico at the end of Iron Man 2. At that time I was living in New Mexico so YAY!) I would get excited (had nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr *wink*).

As strange as some may find it, I am glad I haven’t read the comics. One thing I have always hated is knowing what is suppose to happen and seeing something else happen or it not happen at all. I have seen many movies based on books I have read (and I have read a few books based on movies or seen a movie THEN read the book) and although I enjoyed the books sometimes I don’t like the movies.

Also it is so much more fun not to know what’s next.  Well at least when it comes to books and movies…..

Until next time, I decide to check out the evolution of Marvel Studios’ success. And in case you ever get in the mood to do a Marvel marathon here’s the line up (including some movies not tied to the Avenger timeline in an obvious way):

2008- Iron Man
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2008- The Incredible Hulk
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2008- Punisher: War Zone
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2010- Iron Man 2
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2011- Thor
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2011- Captain America: The First Avenger
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2012- The Avengers
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2013- Iron Man 3
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2013- Thor: The Dark World
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2014- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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2014- Guardians of the Galaxy
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2015- Avengers: Age of Ultron
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2015- Ant-Man
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2016- Captain America: Civil War
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2016- Doctor Strange
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2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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2017- Thor: Ragnarok
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2018- Black Panther
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2018- Avengers: Infinity War
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2018- Ant-Man and the Wasp
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2019- Captain Marvel
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2019- Untitled Avengers film
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