Thursday, April 12, 2007

Fraser Returns for More "Mummy" Dearest

Canadian actor Brendan "George Of The Jungle" Fraser has officially signed on to reprise the character 'Richard 'Rick' O'Connell' in the upcoming feature "The Mummy 3".

Actress Rachel Weisz who played 'Evelyn Carnahan', will not be returning to the franchise.

Rob Cohen will direct the film beginning in late summer in China, before shooting CG in Montreal.

Actor Jet Li is also confirmed to play a 'villain'.

Screenplay is by "Smallville" creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough.

Although a tentative summer 2008 release is planned, Universal is reportedly waiting to greenlight the project dependent on another script draft by Millar and Gough who must write out Weisz' character.

Since debuting in 1999, Universal's updated "Mummy" franchise has earned an estimated $830 million worldwide.

Stephen Sommers, Sean Daniel, Jim Jacks and Bob Ducsay are producing.