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I have always been a fan of The Mummy franchise and was even heavily entertained by the spin-off, The Scorpion King. What can I say, The Rock is pretty charming in his roles.
I was therefore glad to hear of a third installment, even if we couldn't get Rachel 'Look How Far I Have Come' Weisz onboard. But no real loss, as Maria Bello should make a fine replacement and, if we're lucky, maybe she won't mind flashing the biggest bush I have seen since the early nineties again. The only question I have is Rob Cohen's ability to carry the franchise. Picking up where Stephen Sommers left off, I'm already crossing my fingers and hoping this installment doesn't become The Mummy: Stealth.
Cohen Blogs The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rob Cohen is trying something that he originally promised himself he would never do -- production blogging!
The director uses his "first post" to introduce himself and some of the new tasks at hand for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It doesn't exactly alleviate any of my fears, but it is nice to know the director is looking for input from fans of the franchise.
Right now I’m in Montreal directing “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” which is the third in the series created by Stephen Sommers. My film stars Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong, and new-comers Luke Ford and Isabella Leong.
I am taking the story to a new place: China. Jet Li plays a despotic Emperor in 50 B.C. whose evil is punished by a terrible curse laid on him by wizardress Michelle Yeoh: he and his army are turned into to terra cotta for all time; that is, unless he is re-awakened which, of course, is where the O’Connell’s come back into it.
The story moves to the year 1946. When we find them, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello) are retired to Oxfordshire, England, having been spies for the British during World War II. They are bored silly and welcome the offer of “one last mission” from the Foreign Office. Their assignment: courier a precious artifact back to the museum in Shanghai, China from which it was stolen.
The third The Mummy installment was written by Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. Shooting began in July. Universal is hoping for a July 2008 theatrical release.