If you're at all interested in the new Mummy film you'll definitely want to be reading director Rob Cohen's production blog. It is smart, insightful and has a candor almost unseen from director's during the hectic production schedule. I am impressed with his vision and was honestly touched to read how much he really cares for the property. I have to say I was never a huge fan of the franchise, but I'm really glad to see that the man behind the camera is so dedicated to making a great film.
Filming which began a month or so ago in Montreal, has recently moved to China and is really ramping up. As described on the blog, the film, titled The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, sees "Brendan Fraser return as explorer Rick O’Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.
Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.
As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O’Connells can stop him first."
Sorry for the long description there, but I think it actually sounds like it might be really interesting. I mean can you go so wrong when you've got Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh. They're both fantastic actors, and despite what people may say about the mummy films, they are fun. I am looking forward to more on this. We'll have to see how it all develops. Until then, check out this very first pic of Jet Li as the Dragon Emperor. Pretty cool.
Oh and if you just can't get enough Mummy action, a direct to dvd prequel to The Scorpion King is in the works as we speak! Unfortunately no Rock in this one, but The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian should be another fun action film. Check out all the details on ComingSoon.net.