As the first entry in Universal's Monster Cinematic Universe, The Mummy is looking to both return to the eponymous character's classic horror roots, while also be an entertaining action flick, as evidenced by Tom Cruise's inclusion. However, a broken version of the trailer that premiered earlier this month gives an idea of what The Mummy would be like as a comedy, because seeing that preview unfold without any sound effects makes for a hilarious watch.
Earlier today, the IMAX YouTube page posted their version of The Mummy trailer to plug moviegoers seeing the blockbuster in that format. However, for whatever reason, the trailer uploaded without any of the sound effects. The music, dialogue and screaming are all still intact, but noises like the plane creaking, the parachute being activated and that jarring shrieking when Cruise's character awakes from his body bag are gone. The "official" version has since been taken down, but thanks to YouTuber ParagonX13, it's been preserved for the foreseeable future.
The unintentional hilarity from the lack of sound effects lasts approximately 75% of The Mummy trailer, as the final quarter of the trailer blasts music over the action. I hope I'm not the only one who thought this broken version was actually more entertaining than the original. The silence is awkward at first, but as the seconds pass, it's amusing to watch the characters react to seemingly nothing. Even when the plane is crashing, it sounds like this insanity is talking place in a soundproof area. Alas, unless there's a ridiculous screw-up during post-production, don't count on The Mummy lacking sound effects when it's screened in completion.
You can check out the proper Mummy trailer below in case you need an reminder of what it originally sounded like from start to finish.
Rather than go the same swashbuckling adventure route that the Brendan Frasier-led Mummy trilogy went from 1999 to 2008, The Mummy reboot will be a more intense blockbuster, as the Mummy this time around is an ancient princess who has awakened from millennia of slumber and will unleash her malevolent fury on humankind. The movie's cast includes Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet, Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey, Jake Johnson as Sergeant Vail, Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Gideon Forster, Javier Botet as Set and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. As mentioned earlier, it will also lay the groundwork for Universal's shared universe of classic monsters, like the Wolf Man, Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others.
The Mummy will be released in theaters on June 9, 2017.