The third installment in the Mummy franchise has finally been named. The sequel to The Mummy and The Mummy Returns will be called Mummy 3: Curse of the Dragon and as reported in my earlier post will be a father-son adventure, according to IESB.net.
With Rachel Weisz (Evy O’Connell) officially out of the picture, the script is being retooled to focus on the O’Connell men. Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) and his son Alex (
Alex Pettyfer Luke Ford) will visit China where they battle the mummy of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang, played by Jet Li.
While I’m unclear as to how Qin is resurrected, Qin has a purpose — to take over the world (like all resurrected mummies) using his warriors who were cursed by being turned into terracotta statues. I’m not up on my Chinese history, but I hear that the plot seems to have connections with China’s heritage including the real terracotta warriors.
While fans (my husband included) are jumping ship based on Weisz’ absence, I’m still optimistic about Mummy 3: Curse of the Dragon. The father-son adventure thing worked for the third chapter of Indian Jones. I loved Fraser and Weisz’ chemistry in the first two movies, but it’ll be nice to see what kind of bonding the father-son duo can muster. And a change of scenery — from Egypt to China — will do the franchise some good.
The movie is scheduled to begin filming this summer in Montreal and is expected to be released in July 2008. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see.