Mummy, The: Director Alex Kurtzman–It’s the Biggest Failure of My Life

Writer Calls the Tom Cruise Film “The Biggest Failure of My Life”

Alex Kurtzman admitted there are “million things” he regrets about the 2017 movie that also starred Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella.


Alex Kurtzman expresses his honest feelings about making the disastrous feature, The Mummy in 2017.

Kurtzman is a writer, director and executive producer on Showtime’s new sci-fi series The Man Who Fell to Earth.

David Bowie i Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976). Courtesy Photofest.

He opened up about his “brutal” experience as helmer of the Tom Cruise-starring film that was an intended reboot of the Mummy franchise.

The project, which was released in June 2017, had been envisioned as launching Universal’s cinematic Dark Universe focusing on the studio’s movie monsters.

It was critical and commercial flop of mega proportions– Kurtzman hasn’t directed a feature since.

“I tend to subscribe to the point of view that you learn nothing from your successes, and you learn everything from your failures,” Kurtzman said. “And that was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally. 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, who previously worked as writer on Transformers (2007), Star Trek (2009) and Cowboys & Aliens (2011), said he now understands more about filmmaking after having gone through that process.

“As brutal as it was, in many ways, and as many cooks in the kitchen as there were, I am very grateful for the opportunity to make those mistakes because it rebuilt me into a tougher person, and it also rebuilt me into a clearer filmmaker,” he shared.

“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.”

Jenny Lumet, who is also a writer and executive producer on The Man Who Fell to Earth, was a guest with Kurtzman on the podcast.

Lumet, who has a story credit on The Mummy, said she is “very grateful” to have worked on the film and added, “I don’t think that I could be here now without that experience.”

It currently holds a 16 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.