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The actor personally commissioned two other writers along with Mc Quarrie to crank out a new script.Two of the film’s three credited screenwriters, Mc Quarrie and Dylan Kussman, an actor-writer who played small roles in “The Mummy” and “Jack Reacher,” were close allies of Cruise’s.(The film’s credits also list Gina and Paul Hirsch as editors.) He spent time in the editing suite overseeing the cutting, which everybody agreed wasn’t working.On the lot, there were differences of opinions about whether Cruise’s directions were improving a picture that had been troubled from its inception or whether they were turning a horror film into a Cruise infomercial.It may be the last hurrah for big movie stars, but on the set of “The Mummy,” Cruise acted like the top gun he once was, calling all the shots.Kurtzman had been in the running to direct the project before Cruise signed on, but the actor gave his blessing for the filmmaker to slide behind the camera.But instead, it’s become a textbook case of a movie star run amok.
On stage, Cruise admitted his own perfectionist tendencies. I give it everything I have and I expect it from everyone also.” Universal, according to sources familiar with the matter, contractually guaranteed Cruise control of most aspects of the project, from script approval to post-production decisions.
He also had a great deal of input on the film’s marketing and release strategy, these sources said, advocating for a June debut in a prime summer period.
With terrible reviews, “The Mummy,” which insiders say cost as much as 0 million to make and more than 0 million more to market and release worldwide, may struggle to make its money back.
They’d established a comfort level when Kurtzman worked as the screenwriter of “Mission: Impossible III.” In the wake of “The Mummy’s” failure, the decision to tap such an untested director on a sprawling action-adventure seems to have been foolhardy.
Kurtzman wouldn’t necessarily rank high on a studio’s wish list for a project this big, given that he’s a producer and writer who only helmed one small feature that debuted to mixed reviews (2012’s Chris Pine drama “People Like Us”).