Dark Universe Visionary Alex Kurtzman Calls The Film His Biggest Failure


It’s almost hard to remember that Universal was once hard at work on a cinematic universe centered around their iconic monster franchises, aptly dubbed the Dark Universe. Only one of these films ever saw the light of day in the form of the critically maligned and unsuccessful 2017 The Mummywhich featured Tom Cruise. His poor performances led to the cancellation of several films in preparation, and now director Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, star trek) and screenwriter Jenny Lumet (Rachel is getting married) have chosen to return to the film and what they learned from it.

The two recently appeared on The Playlist’s Podcast worthy of the namewhere they were asked to give their thoughts on the film five years later by the host Rodrigo Perez. Lumet had the following to say about the film’s response as a first-time screenwriter on a project of this magnitude:


“I found it so valuable – I had never written a really, really big movie, and I think it’s important to know how to do all the things. So I learned how to do one thing. And I am forever grateful for this experience. It was full scale cinema, I don’t think I could be here now without this experience.

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Kurtzman, whose first film was The Mummyalso gave his opinion on the matter:

“I tend to subscribe to the view that you learn nothing from your successes and you learn everything from your failures. And that was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally. There has about a million things that I regret about but it’s also given me so many gifts that are inexplicably beautiful. I didn’t become a director until I made this movie, and it wasn’t because it was well done – it was because it wasn’t.

It’s also no secret that there are a lot of hands involved in projects that are part of a larger universe, and Perez alluded to “multiple cooks in the kitchen” with the Dark Universe films. Kurtzman had the following to say regarding the countless voices in the film’s production:

“And 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 those mistakes because it rebuilt me ​​into a tougher person, 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’m not quiet about it anymore. I literally won’t go on when I get this feeling. It’s not worth it to me. And you can’t reach that place of gratitude until you have had that kind of experience.

Kurtzman’s words are quite refreshing to hear, as are Lumet’s. The two clearly learned a lot of the shortcomings of such an important film, and those experiences will clearly have a big effect on their new projects, like their new Showtime series. The man who fell to earth. It’s also particularly gratifying to hear from Kurtzman, who has been a voice in several major Hollywood franchises, such as star trek and Transformers. Hollywood is undoubtedly a land of egos, but these two aren’t above speaking out about their own mistakes and how those made them better.


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