Why The Mummy Was A Disaster

9. Tom Cruise Had Too Much Creative Control

The Mummy Tom Cruise

Following the movie's release, a report emerged which suggested that Tom Cruise had "excessive control" over the project, ordering significant script re-writes and essentially being the project's driving creative force, far more so than inexperienced director Alex Kurtzman.

Cruise apparently even had a say in post-production, how the movie was marketed, and its release date, and considering the movie's lack of strong success, it's hard not to see his commanding role as ultimately detrimental to the project.

Filmmaking is, of course, a collaborative medium, and if the reports that Cruise essentially strong-armed the production are true, then he may have benefited from listening to his colleagues a little more.


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