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RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über den Stand der Dinge und präsentiert nebenbei ein Teaser-Poster...
[...] As of now I have completed a little over 300 of 964 visual effects shots (I feel like I'm drowning) and it is all coming really well.
Starting May 27th I go to London to record Randy's score with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road, including traditional Chinese instruments, traditional Tibetan instruments, a choir, Buddhist monk chanters, and koto drum percussion. I will soon get back to you as to a debut date of the trailer. [...]
RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über den Stand der Dinge...
[...] I have shown the film to the exec’s at Universal and they are through-the-roof ecstatic. We screened a few weeks ago for all the relevant department heads (home video, distribution, foreign, p.r., marketing, etc.) and the reaction was unanimous. It’s running around 1 hr. 53 minutes and, daily as we hone, it’s taking its final shape. The studio has been very collaborative and supportive. You know they love it when they ask you if you need any more money to enhance the visual effects budget!!! Are there more shots that I want to do but didn’t have the money to do?!!! Of course, the answer is yes; there is never enough to entertain the audience in any film. [...]
the studio’s marketing department headed by Adam Fogelson, Eddie Egan, and Frank Chiocchi cut a cool teaser trailer and debuted it at Showest in Vegas week before last and it played off the chart to 2000 cigar chomping guys who own all the theaters in the United States. Some of the effects in it were temp so I am now polishing them up so it can be released in theaters soon. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es eine Beschreibung des ersten Trailers, der auf der ShoWest gezeigt wurde...
[...] Fogelson introduced the debut of the first trailer for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor by mentioning that not all archeological digs take place in Egypt and not all mummies are wrapped in gauze.
The trailer opens with the Great Wall of China then shows explorers in a cavern with flashlights as they explore and come upon a room filled with the Terra Cotta Warriors of the Dragon Emperor, an emperor who was cursed and turned into a mummy of stone. According to one of the explorers, "no two faces are the same" but then there's some sort of earthquake where the cavern starts to cave in and they start coming to life including the emperor who is on a chariot that starts moving, and we see Brendan Fraser's Rick O'Connell trying to hijack a car to chase after the chariot. Frankly, there was so much stuff to see that it was impossible to keep up with it all, but there seems to be lots of martial arts, huge battle sequences like in the last movie, and lots of Chinese imagery and mythology. One cool scene has an airplane flying through the battlefield and cutting through the Terra Cotta Warriors which crumble as they're hit. There's also a three-headed fire-breathing dragon that looked a bit like Monster X, and there's a funny argument between Fraser and his son Alex, who is older than he was in the previous movie, this time played by Luke Ford, as they argue about how to deal with the situation. Rick tells his son that he's defeated two mummies, but Alex corrects him that he only fought and defeated one mummy, which Rick shouts back, "Twice!" I wish I could have caught more of the trailer as it went by to describe but it looks very cool, with a scope as big and epic as the last movie and hopefully a little more energized with Rob Cohen on board and with the location and mythologies to work from. [...]
Bei CS! kann man ein weiteres "The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"-Poster begutachten...
Bei IESB kann man einen Blick auf das "The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" Teaser-Poster werfen...
Moviehole berichtet über ein mögliches Spin-Off...
Australian actor Luke Ford ("The Black Balloon") talked to Australia’s Herald Sun today about the possibility of seeing his character, Alex O’Connell, from the upcoming "The Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" spin-off into his own film.
"There was talk at one point they might do a spin off series with Alex O’Connell depending on the success of this film", said Ford, adding that - they’re picking me up to be in the franchise, not necessarily taking over it. I’d definitely like to be part of that series if they ask me again".
The young actor, who plays Charlie in the acclaimed new Aussie drama "The Black Balloon", says he really enjoyed "working with those actors and the series relies a lot on Brendan (Fraser), it’s his series".
Ford describes his character : "During the way my parents sent me to Australia and I’ve gone on to do my own thing and be my own independent man. My character is basically trying to get my parents to see that I’m a grown man and can look after myself and you guys can include me as part of your team rather than protect me". [...]
RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über den Stand der Dinge... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] Joel, Kelly and I continue with the editing process. The film is running 2 hours and 5 minutes long and strong and we continue to refine it in preparation for our first studio screening February 28th. Here all the Universal execs will get to see it unveiled for the first time. I have taken many of them into my confidence already showing large swaths of the movie to Marc Shmuger, the chairman, Donna Langley, the president of production and Jeff Kirschenbaum the senior v.p. Everyone has been really stoked. Whew!
I showed the entire film to Adam Fogelson, Eddie Egan and Frank Chiocchi, the marketing heads, because it is critical they have as much time to work on the film’s presentation to you, the audience, as possible. We should have the teaser trailer out within a month and, hopefully, you will find it as exciting as I have dreamt this year of work to be.
I will talk to Universal about premiering the teaser here on my blog so that you, who have showed so much interest in my film, will get to see it first. I’ll let you know what they say.
Jet Li came by the editing room last week. He was extremely pleased by the sections I showed him, which was personally satisfying to me as I hold him in great regard. [...]
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"...
RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über das Ende der Dreharbeiten... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
After 91 days of shooting and 2,021 shots, "THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR" has wrapped. [...]
I was grateful that, having staged over 500 stunts, not one actor or stuntman was hurt, only one close call for our great stunt woman Ming Qiu doubling Michelle Yeoh in a wire ratchet but, after X-rays, she was all good. [...]
I will continue to update you on the post-production process, give you sneak peaks, and take you right through to the world premiere in Beijing, China on July 24, 2008.
Most people think that once you’ve finished shooting, you are mostly done. Nothing could be more untrue. What lies ahead, editing, sound effects, design, score, 800 visual effects shots, the mix, timing the digital intermediate with Simon Duggan my D.P., the release plans, art, advertising, marketing---they all lie ahead and within each are countless challenges. [...]
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "The Scorpion King"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 0.15 Uhr...
Variety.com berichtet über das Ende der Dreharbeiten... Und unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es mittlerweile auch die offizielle Synopsis zu "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"...
RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über das nahende Ende der Dreharbeiten...
As you can see from the new video from Todd Grossman, the production of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is enshrouded in nights but just around the corner lies the light of day and the airport. We have two more long nights on the Shanghai streets and four days in ‘IMHOTEP’S," Jonathan’s Egyptian-Deco nightclub on The Bund. (You haven’t lived till you see John Hannah in a bright blue brocade tux!) Yes, it is that time when the long process is behind me and a new half of the production lies ahead - the post: editing, 700 visual effects shots, sound design, music, mixing and setting the final look in the digital intermediate. This second half of the process will be as pressured as the first half since I must turn over the finished movie in early July so that thousands of prints can get struck in time to ship to our worldwide openings. [...]
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es ein neues Video von den Dreharbeiten...
Bei IESB gibt es die gesammelten Szenenbilder aus "The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"...
RobCohenTheMummy.com berichtet über die Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!
[...] A great deal has happened on the movie: we have successfully moved to Shanghai, we have finished Jet Li’s time with us in the movie and today, I finish sweet, sweet Michelle Yeoh. I have two weeks of a crazy chase and a few days of the O’Connell Family drama in Jonathan’s Egyptian-themed nightclub in Shanghai named appropriately "IMHOTEP’S," complete with scantily clad dancers, live orchestra and deco motifs. [...]
RobCohenTheMummy.com zeigt ein weiteres Bild von Jet Li als Dragon Emperor zu Pferde - und Rob Cohen schreibt...
[...] The sword fight between Jet and Michelle Yeoh that I have been shooting for two days is nothing less than poetry. Such great stars of World Cinema, mano a mano against the desert mountainscape as the whole battle roars behind them. This a landmark day for me and my film.
RobCohenTheMummy.com zeigt ein erstes Bild von Jet Li als Dragon Emperor in Action - und Rob Cohen schreibt...
[...] Today, I shot Jet Li on his black stallion riding into battle in his jade armor. He looked nothing short of an Emperor. He has been totally professional and warm to me and the entire crew, like the prince he truly is.
As to the music: guys, trust me. Randy and I have done two classic scores (DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY and DRAGONHEART) that continue to be used in trailers and commercials a decade and a half later. This will be an original score with new themes, played by the London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios. There will nothing "synth paddy" about it. It will be massive, thematic, and pulsing. I have great respect for Al Silvestri but this is a new, re-booted "Mummy" and it will have the score to match. [...]
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es neue Infos zu den Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!
The dawn is breaking over the Great Wall, the original wall made of tamped earth that towers across the horizon. The sun is real; I had the wall built. Soon Jet Li, the Dragon Emperor himself, will mount a 50-foot high colossus of himself to wake his 5,000 Terracotta Warriors from 20 centuries underground and lead them in one final battle against the O’Connell’s and the Mystical Forces of his ancient enemy played by Russell Wong who has been raised by Michelle Yeoh. Armies will clash. Good vs. Evil. The living vs. the Undead. [...]
The newest entry in Universal's DVD Originals offerings, The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian, commenced principal photography in Capetown, South Africa on October 1, 2007. Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions is co-producing with Film Afrika and ApolloMovie. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is distributing the all-new epic adventure, which expands the line's presence into the live-action adventure arena for the first time. The film is slated for release on DVD in 2008.
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian is the thrilling prequel to The Scorpion King, the action blockbuster that starred Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as Mathayus, the fearsome warrior king of an ancient desert empire. The new film, a heroic tale of loyalty and betrayal filled with heart-stopping action and thrilling visual effects, tells the story of how the young Mathayus rose to become the Scorpion King. Shot entirely in South Africa, this entertaining blend of myth, magic and muscle is directed by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction, Highlander) and stars Michael Copon (pictured, "Beyond the Break," Bring It On: In It to Win It) as the young hero Mathayus, Simon Quarterman ("Murder Rooms: The Patient's Eyes") as the wily Ari, Karen David (The Colour of Magic) as the beautiful Layla, Ralf Moeller (Pathfinder) as the fierce warrior Pollux, and current six-time Ultimate Fighting Championship king Randy Couture (Invincible), holder of three heavyweight and three light heavyweight titles, as the charismatic and powerful villain Sargon.
"'The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian' is by far our most ambitious DVD Originals production ever in terms of the scope and quality of the sets, visual effects, fight sequences and stunt work," said Glenn Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Studios Home Entertainment Family Productions. [...]
"Power Rangers" star Michael Copon - he was the Blue Time Force Ranger on TVs "Power Rangers : Time Force" - has inherited the shaggy undies of The Rock to play The Scorpion King in the Russell Mulcahy-directed DVD prequel, ''The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian''.
The pic, which also stars fighter Randy Coulter and TV Conan Rolf Moeller, is now lensing in Cape Town (where another direct-to-video sequel, ''Starship Troopers : Marauder'', was recently filmed).
Universal tells us the new film tells of "young Mathayus' rise to become the Scorpion King".
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es neue Bilder und Infos zu den Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!
[...] Jet Li is finally has joined us in Montreal and the production has palpably kicked up into a higher gear. As I shoot our "trekking through the Himalayas" sequence where our heroes are searching for Shangri-la, I am madly refining the Emperor/Rick O'Connell fight with stunt co-ordinators Ku Huen Chzu (known to everyone as Dede) and Mark Southworth. It's a real contrast in styles, Brendan's and Jet's, highly balletic, powerful Wushu vs. the brutal directness of Krav Maga plus magic and shape-shifting creatures leading to the the climax aided by Luke Ford and the clash of armies overhead. I have seven days to shoot it so this will be my last entry until China. We wrap here next Thursday; then I'm off to L.A. for less than twenty-four (obstetrician and VFX meetings with D.D. and R&H) then straight to Beijing and Tian Mo, the desert three hours north of the capitol. [...]
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es Neues zu den "Die Mumie 3"-Dreharbeiten... SPOILER !!!
Tomorrow begins the big ten-day count-down to finishing the first half of the shoot, our sojourn here in Montreal. We then move to the desert north of Beijing to shoot the epic ending battle where the Terracotta Army takes the field once more. There are over 700 visual effects shots in the film and a good percentage of them will take place in the last twenty minutes of the movie. I am still on schedule which is as much a miracle to me as to the studio brass. There have been many days of elation and many moments of pain but, overall, it has been a shoot of smooth flow and meticulous detail. I've been editing behind myself because in a large VFX movie like this, I have to turn over sequences to Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues, our two VFX houses, before the whole film is cut, or shot for that matter, just to make the delivery date in early July. [...]
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com gibt es Wallpaper-Photo vom "Die Mumie 3"-Set...
Maria Bello plaudert auf SciFi.com über "Die Mumie 3"...
[...] takes over the role of Evelyn Carnahan from Weisz, who played the character in the first two Mummy movies but bowed out of the third.
"She has the same name, but she's a very different character than Rachel played," Bello said in an interview. "She's a bad-ass action chick. I had to train a lot. I had to do wushu, a martial-art form, some kickboxing, swordfighting, rifle training for a couple of months before we even started shooting." Bello added: "It's the role of my dreams. It is just a blast."
Bello will soon join co-stars Brendan Fraser and Jet Li for two months of shooting in China.
Bello said that after a few weeks of rehearsal, she sustained a black eye after getting butted by a Winchester rifle, but added that she's fine now. "I'm looking forward to the doll, too, though," she said cryptically. [...]
Unter RobCohenTheMummy.com schreibt Regisseur Rob Cohen über die Produktion von "Die Mumie 3"... Vorsicht Story-SPOILER !!!
[...] 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.
Back to Asia: China is in turmoil but Jonathan (John Hannah) owns an Egyptian-themed bar in Shanghai. Unbeknownst to his parents, now grown-up Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) is following in the family business as a young archaeologist on a dig in north-central China. He makes the discovery of a lifetime: the tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which has been buried for millennia. A beautiful assassin (Isabella Leong) tries to kill him to keep the location secret but Alex prevails. The Emperor’s monument is transported back to Shanghai where another plot is in motion: military zealot Anthony Wong intends to awaken the Emperor and aid him in the re-conquest of China and the raising of his terra cotta army of ten thousand clay warriors (google The Terra Cotta army of Xi’an if you want to read more about the history of this wonder of the ancient world).
The family is reunited and high adventure ensues: crash landings, treks thru the Himalayas, Yeti, avalanches (bigger than the one I did in "XXX"), Shangri-la, three-headed dragons, pools of eternal life, epic battles, a shape-shifting Jet Li...I could go on but I don’t want to give it all away.
As you can tell, I’m stoked about what I’m creating up here with some of the best collaborators. Beside the cast, Simon Duggan ("Live Free or Die Hard" "I, Robot") is my director of photography and the production is being designed by Nigel Phelps ("The Island" "Troy" and "Pearl Harbor") and, of course, the powerful stunts of Vic Armstrong. Steve Sommers, Bob Ducsay, and Sean Daniel produce.
From time-to-time, I will be sharing some of my progress here on the site. We have shot about five weeks of our twenty-week schedule so there is a long way to go until July 30th next year when the movie hits the theaters. [...]
Casting is underway on "The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian", a Dwayne Johnson-less sequel to the "Mummy Returns" spin-off.
Produced by Patti Jackson and Lisa Gooding, and directed by Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander"), the film will tell the backstory of the Polynesian warrior and his relationship with long time love Layla.
The film, set to start shooting in South Africa on October 1, is on the lookout for an actor to fill the Rock’s shoes. As the sides say "There is no requirement to look exactly like a young Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but we still need an EXOTIC QUALITY: Polynesian, mixed race, Arabic, brunette. NOT blond. We also need our Mathayus to reflect the charisma and comedic elements of the character created by The Rock, especially in his warm, relaxed and humorous relationship with Layla, the young girl whom he has grown up with, and with whom he experiences a growing sexual tension."
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Die Mumie"...
[...] Resident Evil: Extinction director Russell Mulcahy is moving from the arid locale of one sequel to another: Universal's The Scorpion King 2.
The first film, a prequel to the studio's "Mummy" franchise, opened in 2002 to a $36 million three-day gross - it made a grand total of $91 million domestically by the time it ran its course. Regardless of the reviews it proved to Hollywood that The Rock - who was mostly seen in The Mummy Returns as a CGI'd tail-shakin' baddie - had star power.
Unfortunately, we haven't received any further word regarding the sequel's plot or casting details. A new "King" poses a tremendous opportunity for Universal to tap some serious cross-promotion as Rob Cohen heats up a third "Mummy" chapter.
Mulcahy, an Australian filmmaker, previously helmed Razorback and Highlander. He has dabbled in some mummy lore himself with Talos the Mummy in '98 and, most recently, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb.
Maria Bello (A History of Violence) will replace Rachel Weisz in The Mummy 3, reports Variety.
She joins Brendan Fraser, Luke Ford, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in the Rob Cohen-directed film for Universal Pictures.
Bello will play Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell, the adventuress played in the first two films by Weisz. After Weisz declined to reprise, Cohen and the studio cast a wide net for a replacement.
Written by "Smallville" creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, the film brings the O'Connells and their full-grown son (Ford) to the forbidden tombs of China and the Himalayas, where they battle a shape-shifting mummy, a former Chinese emperor (Li) cursed by a wizard (Yeoh).
Sean Daniel, Jim Jacks, Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay are producing.
Up-and-coming Australian actor Luke Ford ("Kokoda", "The Black Balloon") has snagged the ‘kid’ role in the next "Mummy" movie.
The 26-year-old - who some may recognize for his role as Craig Woodland on TVs "McLeod's Daughters" - will play the role of Alex O’Connell, the adventurous son of Rick O’Connell, played by Brendan Fraser.
Rob Cohen, the director of "The Mummy 3", tells Variety that "We may spin off into a complete father-son direction with Brendan (Fraser, who played the adventurer who battled the monster in the first two installments), but by getting an actor who is in his 20s and not a teenager, we can also put the future on his shoulders. He tested against four much more established actors, and he was magic when he read with Brendan."
Surprisingly, the trade also says that they’re still going to use the character of Evie O’Connell, the character that Rachel Weisz played in the first two movies, despite the fact that Weisz has opted not to return. Six actresses are believed to be in contention to play surrogate.
In "The Mummy" sequel, Ford will play Alex O'Connell, the 20ish son of adventurer Rick O'Connell (Fraser), who journeys into the forbidden tombs of China and into the Himalayas, where they run into a new shape-shifting mummy, a former Chinese emperor who was cursed by a female wizard.
Jet Li plays the mummy, Michelle Yeoh the wizard.
Variety reports that Brendan Fraser has closed a rich deal to return in The Mummy 3, but Rachel Weisz is not coming back.
Rob Cohen will direct the film, which is expected to begin production late in the summer. It will be set in China and will introduce Jet Li as a villain.
Universal is planning a July 18, 2008 release. The franchise has earned more than $830 million worldwide. The Mummy was released in 1999 and The Mummy Returns in 2001.
Weisz has has dropped out of talks to reprise her role. She has several other projects coming up, including The Brothers Bloom and Phillip Noyce's Outback drama Dirt Music, set to begin shooting in August.
The script is by "Smallville" creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who will do another pass that will factor in the absence of Weisz. Universal is holding up a greenlight pending a final rewrite, but a late summer start date is still expected.
[...] seems that Rob Cohen is possibly up to something very cool with THE MUMMY 3 - given that he apparently has Jet Li in negotiations to play his chinese mummy in the latest incarnation of that Stephen Sommers franchise. [...]
Heute um 20.15 Uhr zeigt RTL "The Scorpion King"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 1.30 Uhr...
[...] the producers of the US$100-million Universal feature The Mummy 3 have changed their minds, and are now set to shoot the horror/adventure sequel in Montreal, says Hans Fraikin, head of the Quebec Film and Television Council.
This follows the "deal in principal" reached on Friday that stands to end the lengthy and costly dispute between the AQTIS and IATSE technicians unions. [...]
"That Mummy 3 is back is wonderful for the industry. It's great that the government reacted so quickly to resolve this dispute," says Michel Trudel of the Cité du Cinéma studio, where the big-budget American flick is set to shoot, though a start date has not been confirmed. [...]
[...] On July 11, 2008, Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are expected to return for The Mummy 3. It is currently scheduled up against Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder, which DreamWorks also just moved into that spot. [...]
Heute um 20.15 Uhr zeigt RTL "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"... Die Wiederholung läuft um 0.55 Uhr...
Al Gough, who is co-writing the third installment in the Mummy film franchise with partner Miles Millar, told SCI FI Wire that the sequel will unwrap a new mummy and feature a character who is the grown son of Rick and Evie (played in the previous films by Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz). It's aiming to shoot this summer under director Rob Cohen (Stealth) for a 2008 release. [...]
As for whether Fraser and Weisz will reprise their roles in the film, Gough said that he was confident the script is good enough to persuade them to return. "They're in negotiations," he said. "So the plan is to bring them back. I think it'll end up being Brendan and Rachel, ultimately. They're the core of the movie. That's why people love the Mummy movies. And then it's taking that and then expanding it and introducing [a] new character and a new mummy. So we're really excited to get going. We met with Rob Cohen today, and he's really jazzed to do it. So fingers crossed, God willing, we'll be shooting this summer and it'll be out in the summer of '08."
Rob Cohen is in talks with Universal Pictures to direct the third installment of "The Mummy" franchise. The film, targeted for a 2008 release, was written by "Smallville" creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
Though no deals are in place for franchise stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz to return, both actors have had discussions about reprising their roles.
Stephen Sommers helmed the first two "Mummy" installments which after being released in 1999 and 2001 earned a combined worldwide gross of $849 million.
Producing the third film are Sommers and Bob Ducsay through the Sommers Co. as well as Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks via the Sean Daniel Co.
Cohen has directed two previous films for Universal, including The Fast and the Furious and The Skulls. He has also directed XXX for Revolution and Stealth for Sony.
In addition to a third "Mummy," the studio has also been keen to develop Meet the Little Focker and a remake of the The Wolf Man and last year it purchased Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy 2: The Golden Army out of turnaround from Sony and Revolution.
Oscar Winner Rachel Weisz isn’t ruling out appearing in the recently announced second sequel to "The Mummy".
The "Constant Gardener" star tells Ecran Large that although she hasn’t read the script yet, she definitely wants to be involved in the film.
"I know there's a new script but I haven't read it yet. Nothing's definite yet and should the film be done, it's probably going to happen next summer. And if so, I would definitely like to be in it".
Weisz’s character is in the script - which was written by "Smallville" creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar - so it’d be a shame if she didn’t return. Still, after her Oscar Win and assumingly heftier price tag, it wouldn’t be surprising if she didn’t.
The new film will see the O’Connell family - which includes grown-up son Alex - taking on the desiccated remains of China's first uber-Emperor Qin Shihuang, who wants revenge on those who turned his team into stone all those years ago.
As previously reported/rumoured/whispered/speculated/tipped Brendan Fraser is returning to take on the inexorable "Mummy" again in Universal’s second sequel to the 1999 surprise - it was, nobody ever expected it to carve into the cabbage - hit, "The Mummy".
It definitely won’t be called "The Mummy 3" though, says the site, with the studio keen to have this chapter stand on its own.
According to TMZ, Fraser has just signed to reprise his role as adventurer Rick O’Connell in the film, and though Rachel Weisz is tipped to reprise her role from the previous films as well, the site hasn’t a confirmation for her involvement.
"Rocketeer" helmer Joe Johnston has been offered the chance to direct the film, but insiders say he’ll probably pass on the gig. [...]
FDM sprach mit Oded Fehr über "Die Mumie 3"...
[...] "From what I know... they are writing one that's totally different, in a different time," Fehr tells FreezeDriedMovies, "Brendan [Fraser] and Rachel [Weisz] are in it."
He also shares a little love for the franchise stating "I owe my career to the Mummy movies." [..]
Moviehole sprach mit Oded Fehr über "Die Mumie 3"...
[...] "I’m not involved [in "The Mummy 3"]. The person that wrote it, created it, tells me they’re doing a third one. They were writing it [when I spoke to him], so I don’t know where it is now. I believe it’s only going to involve Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz’s characters, of the old movies, and everyone else [in it] is going to be new.
In some ways, Fehr’s glad he’s not returning. It’d mean having to grow his hair long for the part if Ardeth Bay was required back. "That was a lot of work - a lot of hair product, effort, and shower time. It’s a lot quicker now [that it’s short]", he says.
After her Oscar Win, Fehr admits "they’re probably" going to have trouble getting Weisz now. Not that he’s seen the film that she won her Oscar for - "The Constant Gardener". "I haven’t seen it because I’ve got a three year old and a two-and-half-week-old now. I haven’t seen anything really, in the last two years", he laughs. "I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard wonderful things. I’ve always said that she’s an incredible actress, she’s so natural, it’s unbelievable".
Fehr, who says he’s also attached to "Resident Evil : Extinction" - which is still in the "very early stages", played Bay in both "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns".
Initially, Universal were toying around with the idea of having only Arnold Vosloo, the Mummy himself, return for the new sequel - and have it set in contemporary times, with a new hero.
The most recent script however, sees Fraser and Weisz’s characters return, but with their grown-up son, to help fight off the bandaged baddie. It’s set in 1940, several years after the events of the first two films, with a new Mummy, China's first uber-Emperor Qin Shihuang, bringing on the pain. [...]
Bei IESB gibt es eine Kritik zum "Die Mumie 3"-Drehbuch...
The central premise is that we're dealing with a new mummy now, re: the desiccated remains of China's first uber-Emperor Qin Shihuang who wants to take over the world by releasing his army of warriors who were cursed and turned into terracotta statues a few millennia ago. This cool enough connection to the real terracotta warriors in China and similar tie-ins with the Great Wall, Shangri La, Yeti, etc. are all interesting concepts to have explored and could have been made into a truly great film. Could have...
This script blatantly rips off not just one but all three Indiana Jones films. From the Blue Vial containing Magical Plot Solution to the Shanghai nightclub to the rolling Prayer Wheel to O'Connell's newfound ability to Deus Ex Machina crocodiles at will, this script offers more bad retreads than a tire shop in Heme... This script contains some of the worst "on the nose" dialogue (entire scenes of it!) I have ever read in a screenplay where authors were PAID to write it
Monkey Peaches meldet...
[...] Branden Fraser also mentioned a script for the third Mummy did exist and he was not allowed to announced it officially. He said he was expecting part of the movie to be shot in China/Asia.
We've learned from a reliable source that director Stephen Sommers has completed a script for a third MUMMY sequel and is looking to start shooting at the end of this year and early 2006. There's no word yet as to whether Brendan Fraser or Rachel Weisz will be back for this sequel but if Universal knows what's good for them, they willl be. [...]
RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Scorpion King" als deutsche Free TV-Premiere !!!
Laut CS! fordert Universal "Die Mumie 3" von Stephen Sommers...
[...] The studio is telling Sommers to get back on track with a third "Mummy" as soon as possible. No word yet whether or not Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo would be up for another sequel. [...]
SF Wire sprach mit Stephen Sommers...
Stephen Sommers, director of the first two Mummy films, told SCI FI Wire that he will not be returning to the franchise should Universal Pictures decide to make another movie. "I've done my Mummys," Sommers said in an interview. "There may be a third Mummy, but I need to do a small movie about two girls chatting on a beach." [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Oded Fehr...
CS!: Have you heard any plans for a third 'Mummy'?
OF: No, I haven't. I think Steve just this weekend released 'Van Helsing'. I think he's probably taking a little breather off of that. I'm sure that Universal will probably want him involved in that.
CS!: Would you want to do Ardeth Bay again?
OF: You know, yeah. I mean, it's one of those things. Yeah, I'd love to do a third one. Am I waiting anxiously to do a third one? No, but if there would be a third one and I would be involved, I'd love to do it. I had a great time doing it. The Mummy is what gave me a career and love the character of Ardeth Bay and I really enjoy doing it. But again, I'm not sure what they're going to do because going back to that movie, I don't know how you top that and keep it there. I think you have to kind of change it around and do something new. [...]
RTL zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" als deutsche Free TV-Premiere !!!
Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson...
Clint: Have we seen the last of "The Scorpion King"?
The Rock: Never say Never. I think so, but, well, I’d like to do another one. I mean, there’s such a big gap in timeline between the start of "The Mummy" sequel and the end of "The Scorpion King" that I think there’s a story in the middle there too. How he becomes and all. [...]
[07.11.2003] CS! meldet...
The Mummy and The Mummy Returns were huge hits for Universal Pictures and director Stephen Sommers. There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and Arnold Vosloo would return to the franchise for a third film. We asked Fraser what the current status of the project is.
"I've spoken with Stephen Sommers and he intends to finish up Van Helsing [first]," Fraser said. "He is going to investigate storylines and what to do, but look, I told him I'm in, but I'll wait for the call. But I can't imagine there won't be one." That's definitely music to fans' ears.
Fraser says he doesn't provide much input into the "Mummy" stories. "You know working with Stephen, the suggestions that I ever made were just like, 'You want me to do another take? Can I jump a little further? Shorter?' Things like that. Storyline things, I leave that up to him."
But does he have any thoughts on what the third movie will be like? "Let's face it, it's The Mummy, he's a thousands-of-years-old bad guy. He's kinda like you can't get rid of him, you can go anywhere. He's been endowed with certain powers. [Sommers] may explore other characters from other periods of history that have been mummified. The Aztecs certainly, other ancient societies. I really don't know the answer aside from a lot is possible."
Fans will be glad to learn that Brendan Fraser has some fun with "The Mummy" films in his latest movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action. In the live-action/CGI film there's several lines about the franchise. "It's good to sort of centralize it and people will definitely get the joke." He's not afraid to make fun of himself. "I mean look, Warner Bros. cartoons always took advantage of making fun of what was popular of the day. In magazine culture, on screen, in the media, it's really no different with what they did with the animated shorts in the 30s and 40s."
Looney Tunes: Back in Action opens Friday, November 14, and as for The Mummy 3, we will have to wait and see.
[11.03.2003] CS! meldet...
Columnists Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith report that when Universal unveils the next installment in its "Mummy" franchise, it may well be without stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.
The duo says that the latest concept being unwound for the third film would have ancient King Imhotep waking up "in contemporary times, with new stars" according to "The Mummy" himself, Arnold Vosloo.
Vosloo notes that Brendan and Rachel were last seen with a kid in The Mummy Returns, and if they were to come back for more "Mummy" duty, questions about aging their characters would have to be addressed. On the other hand, "In a weird way, we've kind of done that period," observes Vosloo of the two films set in the 1920s. "Taking the story to a different time would open up all new possibilities. It could even be set in the 1950s or '60s -- whenever the Mummy wakes up."
CountingDown hat einen Spy-Report...
A couple months before the release of The Mummy Returns, I went on the backlot tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. the tram guide informed us that production on the third installment in the mummy series,to be called The Curse Of The Mummy, would begin early 2003.
Auch in der zweiten Woche konnte sich "The Scorpion King"
in den US-Kinocharts auf dem ersten Platz halten. Insgesamt
hat der Film nunmehr rund 60 Mio. US-Dollar eingespielt.
Eine dritte Woche wird sich der Film vermutlich nicht auf dem
ersten Platz halten koennen, da am kommenden Freitag in
den USA "Spider-Man" startet. [...]
[...] Producer of the "The Scorpion King," Kevin Misher says that perhaps one more "Mummy film will be made, and he doubts that The Rock's character will be put in that film (especially since he's destroyed in "The Mummy Returns") and since he's become a good guy in the new franchise that they're starting with "The Scorpion King." Misher worked on "Scorpion King" with Sean Daniel, who produced both modern-day "Mummy" films.
Misher says, "Hopefully it is a film on its own, there was just a sense that you hope you're starting your own franchise, but obviously there's a connectivity to the character that was created, one of the producers of the movie and one of the writers of the movie were obviously the creators of the character and creators of the franchise, so obviously there is a connectivity, but it is its own separate, stand-alone thing now, and hopefully in the movie we give a little bit of a wink and a nod that somewhere down the road there's a sense that we'll explain how he becomes the bad guy."
"Mummy" director Stephen Sommers isn't yet writing a third installment of the film, and stars Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have been quoted as saying they feel like their days in the franchise are over.
"Scorpion King" director Chuck Russell says it was important to have a different feel as a pre-quel.
"It was important to me that this stand alone from the 'Mummy' series, as much as I like the 'Mummy' series, but you don't have to see the 'Mummy' series to like this," Russell told Zap2it.
Meanwhile, whenever "The Mummy" does return to the big screen, don't expect The Rock to be included.
"I don't think 'The Scorpion King' is going to find himself in a 'Mummy' movie. Not right away. Because I think it's its own thing right now," Misher said.
Heute startet "The Scorpion King" in den deutschen Kinos... Bei ciao.com gibt es Kritiken...
Mit rund 36 Mio. US-Dollar Einnahme hat sich "The Scorpion
King" gleich am ersten Wochenende an die Spitze der US-Kinocharts
Bei AVRP gibt es ein Interview mit Arnold Vosloo...
James Jacks, producer, contacted Arnold a few weeks ago to discuss the possibility of starting filming on "The Mummy 3" next summer. This will fit nicely with Arnold's new television schedule. Stephen Sommers will likely be writing the film, but whether or not he will direct is unknown. Other cast isn't known at this point. Arnold has 'heard' that Brendan Fraser might be interested in returning as well.
Der "Scorpion King"-Trailer ist da !!!
Bei Dark Horizons gibt es ein Interview mit "The Rock"...
[18.01.2002] Bei RockRage gibt es Infos zum "Scorpion King"-Soundtrack, der am 26. März 2002 erscheinen soll...
The soundtrack, put together with the help of Godsmack’s Sully Erna, will include songs from many of today’s hottest hard rock acts, including Godsmack, Creed, P.O.D., Nickelback, System Of A Down, Drowning Pool, Mushroomhead, and Sevendust. The majority of the compilation will be made up of new tracks including Creed’s "To Whom It May Concern," which saw life in the States on radio airwaves but was only available as an import. Coal Chamber fans should be eager to hear some new material from the Roadrunner metal act who contributed "Glow" to the soundtrack.
[07.01.2002] Bei AICN gibt es eine vernichtende Kritik und ein passendes Kommentar von Harry Knowles...
[...] Also, for you Mummy fans out there. Be warned. There are no massive CGI battles between armies or mummies or anything else for that matter. There are no sweeping grand and epic battle scenes. The only thing that is kinda cool, and I mean only kinda cool, is a battle between Mathayus and some of Memnon's elite guards (including Ralf Moeller) in a sandstorm. [...]
[29.12.2001] Laut E! Online finden umfangreiche Nachdrehs für "Scorpion King" statt, um den Film zu retten...
Is The Scorpion King in trouble? Reports from a well-placed source say the film is undergoing major reshoots to "save" it. [...] Details are sketchy in terms of how this additional shooting will alter the storyline, but upwards of $6 million is being spent on the art direction alone. [...]
Der "Scorpion King" Teaser-Trailer ist da !!!
[17.12.2001] Bei WWF.com wird man sich den "Scorpion King"-Trailer am Mittwoch, den 19. Dezember anschauen können...
[11.12.2001] Bei Coming Soon! kann man sich das Teaser-Poster zu "The Scorpion King" anschauen...
Bei IGN FilmForce gibt es 5 Bilder aus "Scorpion King"... Demnächst soll es auch einen ersten Trailer geben...
Coming Soon! hat ein Statement von Stephen Sommers bzgl. "Die Mumie 3"...
"There's a demand for (another sequel), but most of the gang would only be up for it again if we could find a way to make it bigger and better. It has been a fun ride, but my immediate priority is to do something non-'Mummy' related for a change."
Kelly Hu hat erzaehlt, dass sie in "Scorpion King" als
die Geliebte des Titelcharakters zu sehen sein wird. Laut
"SF-Wire" wird sie darin als "Cassandra" zu sehen sein, sie
wird mit Schlangen arbeiten und die Zukunft voraussagen.
In den USA startet der Film im April 2002.
Stephen Sommers hat in einem Interview gesagt, er habe
keinerlei Interesse bei einem dritten "Mumie"-Kinofilm die
Regie zu uebernehmen! Gegenueber "E! Online" sagte er
zudem das Bonus-Material der DVD zu "Die Mumie kehrt zurueck"
habe ihn nicht sonderlich interessiert.
Michael Clarke Duncan hat in einem Interview gesagt, der
Film "Scorpion King" werde nicht die starken phantastischen
Elemente aufweisen wie "Die Mumie". [...]
Bei MHN gibt es Screenshots aus dem "Scorpion King"-Trailer, der auf der "Mummy Returns"-DVD zu finden ist...
Filmkomponist John Debney (u.a. "SeaQuest", "End of Days") gibt auf seiner Website bekannt, dass er sich um die Filmmusik von "Scorpion King" kümmert...
Next up for John is Universal Studio's upcoming entry in the MUMMY series, THE SCORPION KING starring Dwayne Johnson, Grant Heslov and Michael Clarke Duncan. The film is directed by Chuck Russell and is slated for release sometime in early 2002
Dark Horizons berichtet...
At Fango this weekend they also showed the trailer for "The Scorpion King" which seemed to be more of a Conan-esque movie than a mummy film. The movie also stars Michael Clark Duncan. They go on to describe the Rock and his cohorts as assassins. Looks pretty cool with a lot of sword play. Unlike the Mummy Returns, we'll see the Rock speaking in English in this film"
UIP gibt den Starttermin von "Scorpion King" bekannt: 25. April 2002 !!!
Bei MovieRecords gibt es einen ersten Blick auf das DVD-Cover von "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"...
"Moeglicherweise wird der dritte Teil der "Mumie"-Serie
ohne Fraser und Weisz auskommen muessen. Laut "Dark Horizons"
sei es moeglich, dass sich der dritte Film um einen
gealterten Sohn der beiden Film-Charakter drehen wird -
vor allem um Gagen fuer Fraser und Weisz zu sparen. Weisz
hatte bereits letzte Woche gesagt, sie wolle in einem
dritten Film nicht mitspielen."
Coming Attractions berichtet über die "Mumie"-Zeichentrickserie, die im Herbst 2001 im WB Kids' Network laufen soll... Siehe Werbung...
Bei Dark Horizons gibt es einen Bericht vom Set von "Scorpion King"...
"It's being directed by Chuck Russell, director of 'The Mask'. The scene was a marketplace or bazaar, in Gommorah I believe. The Rock (as he is called at all times) arrives on a camel and he and his sidekick proceeed to get into strife with some sword-wielding villains in black and red. I'm just glad it was Gommorah and not that other city of sin, Sodom. Who knows what we may have been asked to do for our $12/hour then!"
In der aktuellen Ausgabe der CINEMA (06/01 - Heft Nr. 277) gibt es ein 6-seitiges Making-Of zu "Die Mumie kehrt zurück", sowie ein Interview mit der schönen Patricia Velasquez...
Coming Soon! berichtet über "Scorpion King"... "The Rock" wird seine erste Liebes-Szene - mit Kelly Hu - spielen... Die Dreharbeiten werden noch eineinhalb Monate dauern... Hoffentlich nicht deswegen... ;-)
"Die Mumie kehrt zurück" - und hat bereits in der ersten Woche über 1 Million Zuschauer in die Kinos gelockt !!!
Heute startet "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" in den deutschen Kinos... Grandioses Popcorn-Kino... Anschauen !!!
UIP Deutschland meldet...
"In ganz Deutschland finden am Mittwoch Nacht (00:00 Uhr)
Mitternachtsvorführungen von "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" statt. Der Film
hatte in den USA eine furiosen Start und spielte bereits am ersten Wochenende 70,1 Millionen US-$ ein.
Reservieren Sie sich schon heute Ihre Kinokarte!"
"Die Mumie kehrt zurück" und beschert den Universal-Studios den zweitbesten Wochenend-Einstand aller Zeiten... Nur noch "Jurassic Park - Vergessene Welt" liegt mit 72 Mio. US-$ vor den sensationellen 70.1 Mio., welche die wiedergekehrte Mumie in der 3-Tage-Periode in die Kassen spülte. Da kommt selbst "Star Wars - Episode I" - mit 64,8 Mio. - nicht mit...
Phantastik.de berichtet... "Arnold Vosloo fühlt sich bereit, auch in einem dritten Film um die "Mumie" die Rolle des "Imhotep" darzustellen.
Gegenüber "About.com" meinte er zudem, wenn "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" in den USA 100 - 150 Mio. US-Dollar einspiele,
werde es sicherlich auch einen dritten Teil geben. In dem Kino-Ableger von "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" - "Scorpion King" - werde er allerdings nicht zu sehen sein..."
Die "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" startet heute in den USA... Kritiken gibt es jetzt überall in Hülle und Fülle - grösstenteils positiv... z.B. bei "Dark Horizons" oder bei "Yahoo! Movies"...
Bei "AICN" gibt es ein überaus positives Review zu "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"...
Bei "Dark Horizons" gibt es ein Interview mit Arnold Vosloo und Patricia Velasquez über ihre Rollen in "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"...
"SciFi.com" sprach mit Arnold Vosloo über die Effekte in "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"...
Bei "Set Online" gibt es einen Bericht über "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" - und eine Bildergalerie...
Bei "About.com" gibt es ein Interview mit Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson...
"The Screening Room" hat ein eher positives Review von "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" veröffentlicht... Action und Effekte genial, Charakterentwicklung mangelhaft...
Bei "Creature Corner" gibt es ein Script-Review zu "Scorpion King"...
Die neu gestaltete "Offizielle Website" informiert sehr detailliert über "Die Mumie kehrt zurück"... neben einigen versteckten Extras gibt es u.a. neue Szenenbilder und das kurzweilige Shockwave-Spiel "Imhotep´s Maze"... Und das Beste: Bei Bedarf auch in deutscher Sprache...
Ausserdem gibt es Infos zur Ultimate Edition DVD von "Die Mumie" (RC1), die am 24. April 2001 erscheinen soll... !!!
"AICN" gibt schon mal die komplette Handlung von "Die Mumie kehrt zurück" preis... Spoiler-Warnung !!!
Ex-Bodybuilder Ralf Möller (u.a. "Gladiator") wird in "Scorpion King" mitspielen. Die "Bild"-Zeitung berichtet, Möller habe "rollentechnisch [...] richtig eingesackt. Eine fette Hauptrolle in der 130-Mio.-Mark-Produktion 'Scorpion King'."
[20.03.2001] Empire Online sprach mit ILM über die Effekte in "Mummy Returns"...
"Dark Horizons" berichtet, dass Kelly Hu (u.a. "The Doors") in "Scorpion King" mitspielen soll...
[11.02.2001] Gegenüber "JAM!" meinte Rachel Weisz, sie würde kein 3. Mal mitspielen...
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