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    Alex Kurtzman Admits ‘The Mummy’ To Be The Biggest Failure Of His Life

    When you have a strong, promising, and spectacular cast of Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Anabelle Wallis, and Sofia Boutella, what could go wrong? Ask Alex Kurtzman. The director of the 2017 reboot of ‘The Mummy’ expresses it to be a brutal experience of his life. Recently, he appeared on the Bingeworthy podcast with Jenny Lumet. They sat down to discuss their new reboot series The Man Who Fell To Earth. During the podcast, Kurtzman admitted The Mummy reboot to be the biggest failure of his life.

    Alex Kurtzman Admitted To Regret Many Things About The Mummy

    Alex Kurtzman
    Alex Kurtzman

    Star Trek director appeared on Bingeworthy podcast hosted by Rodrigo Perez and Mike DeAngelo. He was accompanied by Rachel Getting Married director, Jenny Lumet. Together, they came to promote Showtime’s science fiction reboot series The Man Who Fell To Earth. It is a reboot of the 1976 sci-fi film directed by Nicolas Roeg starring David Bowie. They talked about many things including why they chose to reboot the film into a series, but Alex also talked about a ‘reboot’ that he helmed in the past.

    The reboot is The Mummy. The film starred Tom Cruise as the protagonist. The film aimed to curate the Dark Cinematic Universe of the Universal Studio. Unfortunately, the film did not acquire either commercial or critical success and became “the worst failure of his life.” Alex, while addressing this issue, said, “I tend to subscribe to the point of view that you learn nothing from your successes, and you learn everything from your failures.” He added, “And that was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally.”

    It Was Not All Bad For Alex Kurtzman

    Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman
    Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman

    Though there were many things that he regretted about the film, Alex did not have all the worse experiences while doing the film. He said, “There’s about a million things I regret about it, but it also gave me so many gifts that are inexpressibly beautiful. I didn’t become a director until I made that movie, and it wasn’t because it was well-directed — it was because it wasn’t.” Kurtzman is grateful for those mistakes as they rebuilt him into a tougher person and a better, clearer filmmaker. 

    Alex continued, “…And that has been a real gift, and I feel those gifts all the time because I’m very clear now when I have a feeling that doesn’t feel right — I am not quiet about it anymore. I will literally not proceed when I feel that feeling. It’s not worth it to me. And you can’t get to that place of gratitude until you’ve had that kind of experience.” The other guest, Jenny Lumet too, has worked on the film as a writer and had a different experience. She is grateful for the experience and admitted that she would not be here without the experience she had on The Mummy.

    The Man Who Fell To Earth stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, and Sonya Cassidy. The first episode will be released today. 

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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