The Mummy Returns Again, But Without Rachel Weisz

November 16, 2007 at 5:57 pm 1 comment

The Mummy Returns Again, But Without Rachel WeiszHey, there’s a new Mummy movie heading our way. Did you know that? I didn’t. I really loved 1999’s The Mummy — I loved it cuz it was the fourth Indiana Jones movie we’d been waiting for — and the 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, is almost as much fun. So I’m primed for more.The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which looks like it’s got a planned release date of August 1, 2008, moves the story to post WWII England and China, where the O’Connells’ now-grown son, Alex, makes a major discovery of great archaeological and supernatural import. ( The Movie Reporter has details on the plot and such: none of it sounds spoilerish.) Action-comedy will ensue, I imagine, as well as some kung fu fighting: Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh are listed as among the new cast members.

There’s another new cast member, though, that makes me worry just a bit for Mummy 3: Maria Bello is replacing Rachel Weisz as Evelyn. Now, don’t get me wrong: Bello is a fantastic actress, as daring and powerful and gifted as they come. (Have you seen The Cooler? Oh, man, see it.) But part of what made the first two Mummy movies so enjoyable was the potent chemistry between Brendan Fraser — who will be back, thank the movie gods, as Rick — and Weisz. Screen chemistry is such a delicate thing, and so impossible to fake: what are the odds that Fraser will be so lucky the second time around with a different actress opposite him as the same character?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed, even with the other pinch-hitters among the creative team. Original creator, writer, and director Stephen Sommers is all but gone — he’s acting as producer only on this one — but Rob Cohen is taking over behind the lens. Yeah, he’s made mostly cheese like Stealth, XXX, and The Fast and the Furious, but it’s at least competent, engaging cheese. And screenwriters Miles Millar and Alfred Gough have written such highly amusing flicks as Spider-Man 2 and Shanghai Noon. That’s gotta be a good sign, right?


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  • 1. Christine  |  August 1, 2008 at 1:03 am

    I will miss Rachel Weisz SO much! I agree, she is what made the firs two movies so great! And I feel that once the director found out Rachel didn’t want to do it, he should’ve just said “Forget it. There’s no movie withour Rachel.” I read an interview with Bredon where he said Rachel didn’t want to be in the movie. But I read another one with Rachel from a few years ago where she said she wanted to get The Mummy family back together…I wonder why she changed her mind…


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