Alex Kurtzman has admitted The Mummy was the “biggest failure of [his]life, both personally and professionally”.
Kurtzman, 48, wrote and directed the Tom Cruise-starring movie was supposed to kickstart Universal’s Dark Universe franchise but those plans were abandoned after the movie tanked at the box-office.
Looking back, Kurtzman said he had no regrets about making the movie. Speaking on The Playlist’s Bingeworthy podcast, Kurtzman said: “I tend to subscribe to the point of view that you learn nothing from your successes, and you learn everything from your failures.
“And that was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally. There are 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.
“And I would not have understood many of the things that I now understand about what it means to be a director had I not gone through that experience. And as brutal as it was, in many ways, and with 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.”
Kurtzman is best known for his works with JJ Abrams on such TV shows as Alias and Fringe and movies like Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek. His latest, The Man Who Fell to Earth, is a 10-part series remake of the 1976 sci-fi classic, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Kurtzman insisted his “life is better” for the movie’s disastrous fate so he will always be grateful for it.
He added: “Look, if you look at history and you look at people who’ve made amazing things, every single one of them will tell you the same story, which is that it came after a failure, so I look back on it now with gratitude. It took me a while to get there, but my life is better for it.” — BANG SHOWBIZ
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