By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
I greatly enjoyed both The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Both films gave me that Indiana feel while throwing in a lot more laughs and somewhat goofy antics. With Brandon Frasier as the star, the films just seemed to fit what they had set out to do-- offer a good time at the theatres and at home. When the spin-off The Scorpion King popped up, I was doubtful but even enjoyed that film and first learned that Dwayne 'The Rock' Douglas could be our next action hero. Throw in the fact that Kelly Hu looked nothing short of boner-ific in the film and I had considered it a must own DVD for those boring nights at home.
Now Universal Pictures is at it again and are currently working on getting another sequel to The Mummy into production. However, before the studio can go anywhere, they first need a solid script. Is the latest script to pop up over at IESB that same script?
Mummy 3 Script Review
To say that IESB is slightly hesitant about another Mummy sequel [based on the script] would be somewhat of an understatement. After admitting that the original films did offer some good times, they seem a bit awkward on what to think about what looks to be the first draft script for The Mummy III; let's hope this isn't the final draft.
MY MUMMY IS CHINESE. 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 (pronounced as Can Shwing or Ken's Wang, depending on if you are channeling Mike Myers or Dana Carvey). Wang 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 .
RETREAD ON ME. The previous Mummy movies are often dismissed as Indiana Jones-lite, which is unfair in my opinion since, more often than not, they did tread new ground in a well-established genre. But 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 Hemet.
Since films like The Mummy can get away with a little bit of awkwardness, might as well bring on the sequel.
For the entire script review for The Mummy III, head over to IESB.