Here’s How X-Men Inspired The New Mummy Movie

Some fans of The Mummy may have been surprised/intrigued to discover that the title character in the reboot is female. Speaking to CinemaBlend, director Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of Transformers, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible III) explained that this wasn’t always the case. In fact, the character was designed to be male—until Kurtzman saw Apocalypse in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. “It was, I kid you not, the exact same design,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Oh man, that is not good.’ And actually it was the catalyst. It was the moment of, ‘Okay, not only is this not going to be different enough… Bryan Singer just did it. I definitely don’t want to go down that road.’”


In most ways, Kurtzman stuck with his original vision for the character—a “relatable, understandable” outcast, who has been the victim of bullying—and the changes he eventually made were already under consideration before he saw X-Men: Days of Future Past. “I had had that voice in my head for some time to make it a woman,” he explained. “The minute I saw that post-credits scene, I went, ‘We have to start over. I don’t want to mess around even remotely with anything that feels familiar or feels like it’s been done. I have to go in totally new territory.’”


As Kurtzman sees it, the decision to cast a woman (Kingsman’s Sofia Boutella) ultimately breathed new life into the film. “Once we took that leap, the story presented itself in such a beautiful way, such a different way. A lot of the decisions, you spend a lot of time talking to people and you think it through as much as you can, but ultimately it comes down to what feels right. And the minute I allowed myself to let the Mummy be Ahmanet, it just felt right.”

The Mummy arrives in theatres on June 9. Check out the trailer below.