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Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise almost killed himself trying to take a selfie while hanging 2,000 from a helicopter while filming "The Mummy". Two other films in the franchise followed - "The Scorpion King" in 2002, which grossed far less, $165 million worldwide; and 2008's "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", which leans more on global sales ($102.5 million domestic; $401 worldwide).

The film - which is the first in studio Universal's new Dark Universe franchise - sees Tom Cruise in the lead role playing Nick Morton, a soldier who discovers The Mummy's tomb.

It was previously announced that Johnny Depp has signed on to play The Invisible Man, while Javier Bardem will portray Frankenstein's Monster.

The 1999 movie borrowed many ideas from the 1932 silent film of the same name, directed by Karl Freund and starring the great Boris Karloff.

And co-star Annabelle Wallis, 32, who plays his love-interest in the movie, said the actor kept taking her phone to take pictures in "dangerous situations" and she was terrified something could go badly wrong.

After The Mummy is released, Universal has confirmed that Bride of Frankenstein will be the next film to get the reboot treatment.

But those aren't the only stars and monsters Universal is lining up for this ambitious cinematic universe. Aside from creating a shared universe for its beloved superheroes, their films' post-credits scenes are what fans look out for. At the time this was unheard of - no other studio was making movies in which characters were crossing over into other films. This organization serves as the thread that will hold the Dark Universe together. Oscar victor Bill Condon will direct the Bride of Frankenstein, which will hit cinemas in February, 2019.

Should the movie prove successful, there are already plans to reboot The Bride Of Frankenstein as a follow-up, with Angelina Jolie being considered for the title role. The setting of each film will ultimately depend on the mythology behind the monster. But Cruise also said the new Mummy was full of adventure, and also very amusing, we're really playing with a lot of tones- which is good news for fans of the Brendan Fraser ones.

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