THE MUMMY director Stephen Sommers on why he was ‘insulted’ in the 2017 reboot starring Tom Cruise

Released in 1999, The mummy was a hit with $409 million at the worldwide box office (for context, that would be about $767 million today). Two sequels followed, as well as a 2002 spin-off The Scorpio King – who put Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the map as an actor.

Stephen Sommers directed the first two films and passed the baton to Rob Cohen The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Then, in 2017, The mummy franchise was rebooted as part of Universal’s short-lived “Dark Universe”.

Tom Cruise was at the center of what turned out to be a rare flop for the A-Lister, and Sommers recently shared his thoughts on the film during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.

“No,” he responded when asked if the studio consulted him. “Actually, I was a little offended because the writers and director (Alex Kurtzman) of that Tom Cruise story never contacted me. I reach out to people if I was going to take over someone’s thing. The third one, which is Rob (Cohen) directed, it’s kind of my baby.”

“I didn’t want to step on his toes, so I helped produce it. But I had nothing to do with Tom Cruise’s,” Sommers continued. “They never contacted me or called me. I was busy with other things, and it’s not like I was crying. I just think it’s common courtesy.”

As for Brendan Fraser’s comments about the possible reprise of his role as adventurer Rick O’Connell, the filmmaker admitted that he was not involved in talks about a possible revival.

“All the people at Universal are new after I left. I don’t really know them, and they haven’t got me, so I don’t know what’s in their heads,” Sommers said. “At the same time, it had to be something very special. Of course I would work with all those actors again.”

Finally, he thought about making The Rock a star. “He was amazing. I had never heard of that guy before, but then they sent me some footage of him, and he was just perfect. I had to shoot with him so quickly because he was flying to Marrakesh on Wednesday, and he had to be in Detroit for a WWE thing on Saturday.”

“But boy, was he a trooper. As soon as the studio saw the dailies, the president of Universal called me and said, ‘You have to write a movie for him.’ Somehow the next week I came up with this idea, which turned into the Scorpion King movie.”

There’s currently no word on what Universal is planning The mummy franchise. While The Rock some of his previous ventures such as the Fast & Furious franchise and WWE, we don’t count on ever having a scorpio king follow-up…