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The Mummy
Directed by The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
Stephen Sommers
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rob Cohen
Produced by Sean Daniel
James Jacks
Screenplay by Stephen Sommers
Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Starring List of characters in The Mummy series
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Alan Silvestri
Randy Edelman
Editing by Bob Ducsay
Ray Bushey III
Kelly Matsumoto
Joel Negron
Studio Universal Pictures
Relativity Media
The Sommers Company
Alphaville Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 1999-2008
Running time 366 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Arabic
Ancient Egyptian
Budget $323 million
Box office $1,415,408,499

The Mummy is any one of three series of adventure films about an ancient Egyptian priest accidentally resurrected, who brings with him a powerful curse, and the efforts of heroic archeologists to stop him.

Universal Horror FilmsEdit

The original series of six installments, starring iconic horror actors Boris Karloff (in the original only) and Lon Chaney Jr., were produced for Universal Studios from 1932 to 1955.

  • The Mummy, 1932. The movie features the story of an ancient Egyptian priest mummy called Imhotep (Karloff), who is resurrected in the present day.
  • The Mummy's Hand, 1940. Not a direct sequel to the 1932 film, only the resurrected mummy theme is the same. This film features Kharis (played by Tom Tyler), another Egyptian priest turned living dead mummy. Some flashbacks, using scenes from the original film, feature Karloff.
  • The Mummy's Tomb, 1942. Direct sequel to the 1940 film. Tom Tyler is replaced by Lon Chaney, Jr. in this and the next two films. Tyler, however, still plays Kharis in flashbacks to Ancient Egypt.
  • The Mummy's Ghost, 1944. Direct sequel to the 1942 film
  • The Mummy's Curse, 1944. Direct sequel to the first 1944 film

Hammer Horror FilmsEdit

In 1959 the British Hammer Film Productions began its own Mummy series.

New Mummy Series (1999-2008)Edit

Originally a proposed remake of The Mummy would have been directed by horror filmmaker/writer Clive Barker. Barker’s vision for the film was violent, with the story revolving around the head of a contemporary art museum who turns out to be a cultist trying to reanimate mummies.[1][2] Barker's take was "dark, sexual and filled with mysticism",[3] and that, "it would have been a great low-budget movie".[1]

In 1999, Stephen Sommers wrote and directed a remake of The Mummy, loosely based on the original film of 1932. This film switches genres from the emphasis on horror to adventure, concentrating more on action sequences and effects, and a higher element of Egyptian lore. The film became a box office success spawning two sequels and an up coming fourth film, a spin-off series, and an animated television series.

  • The Mummy, 1999. It is the year 1925 and Richard “Rick” O'Connell, an american explorer, has discovered Hamunaptra, the city of the dead. Three years later, O'Connell returns to the site with a beautiful librarian, Evelyn 'Evie' Carnahan and her brother, Johnathan. When Evie accidentally revives the mummified corpse of an Egyptian priest, Imhotep, the pair must find a way to kill him before he rises back into power and destroys the world.
  • The Mummy Returns, 2001. It is the year 1933 and Rick O'Connell and Evelyn Carnahan are married with an 8 year-old son, Alex. When Alex triggers a curse and Imhotep is resurrected, Rick and Evie must once again try to save the world and defeat the mummy.
  • The Mummy: The Animated Series. Produced for Universal Animation Studios to capitalize the success of the first two Sommers movies. It lasted two seasons, from 2001 to 2003, with a low budget.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2008. Set in 1946, the movie continues the adventures of Rick O'Connell, his wife Evie, and his son Alex against a different mummy, the Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) of China.

The Mummy Sequel TrilogyEdit

Tomb of the Dragon Emperor actress Maria Bello stated that another Mummy film will "absolutely" be made, and that she has already signed on.[4] Actor Luke Ford is signed on for three more films.[5]

Cast and charactersEdit

Main article: List of characters in The Mummy series
Character Film
The Mummy The Mummy Returns The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Rick O'Connell Brendan Fraser
Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell / Princess Nefertiri Rachel Weisz Maria Bello
Jonathan Carnahan John Hannah
Imhotep Arnold Vosloo  
Beni Gabor Kevin J. O'Connor  
Egyptologist Jonathan Hyde  
Ardeth Bay Oded Fehr  
Curator Erick Avari  
Henderson Stephen Dunham  
Daniels Corey Johnson  
Burns Tuc Watkins  
Warden Omid Djalili  
Pharaoh Seti I Aharon Ipale  
Winston Havelock Bernard Fox  
Meela Nais / Anck-su-namun Patricia Velásquez  
Alex O'Connell   Freddie Boath Luke Ford
Baltus Hafez   Alum Armstrong  
The Scorpion King   Dwayne Johnson  
Lock-Nah   Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  
Izzy   Shaun Parkes  
Red   Bruce Byron  
Jacques   Joe Dixon  
Spivey   Tom Fisher  
Emperor Han   Jet Li
General Yang   Anthony Wang
Lin   Isabella Leong
Maguire   Liam Cunningham
Roger Wilson   David Calder
Ming Guo   Russell Wong
Zi-Yuan   Michelle Yeoh

Other mediaEdit

Mummy the Ride

The entrance to Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Hollywood

Two video game adaptations of The Mummy (1999) were published in 2000: an action-adventure game for the PlayStation and PC,[6] as well as a Game Boy Color puzzle game.[7] Mummy Returns and Tomb of the Dragon Emperor were also made into games.

In May 2001, Chaos! Comics released the first of a three issue series inspired by the film, titled 'The Mummy Valley of the Gods'.[8] The plot was supposed to take place between the first film and "The Mummy Returns". Rick and Evelyn are on their honeymoon in Egypt and end up embarking on yet another adventure where they must unravel the mysteries of the Orb of Destiny and discover the location of the Valley of the Gods hidden beneath the sands. However, the second and third issues were never published.[9] This was most likely due to Chaos later filing bankruptcy in 2002 and selling the rights to all their titles at that time. Years later in 2008, another Mummy comic series was released by IDW Publishing, spanning four issues. This series was titled 'The Mummy: the Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax'. Unlike the preceding comic series, all of the planned issues were published.[10]

The film also inspired a roller coaster, Revenge of the Mummy in Universal Studios Theme Parks, Florida.[11] Another is in Hollywood.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Slotek, Jim (May 2, 1999). "Unwrapping The Mummy". Toronto Sun. 
  2. The Mummy That Wasn't", Cinescape (May 3, 1999).
  3. Hobson, Louis B (May 1, 1999). "Universal rolls out new, improved Mummy", Calgary Sun.
  4. Shawn Adler (2008-03-10). "'Mummy 3' Star Maria Bello Talks About Taking Over For Rachel Weisz, Fighting An Invisible Baddie". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1583041/story.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  5. "Luke Ford Signed For Three 'Mummy' Films". Bloody-Disgusting. 2008-07-16. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/12932. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  6. "The Mummy (PSX)". IGN. http://psx.ign.com/objects/014/014640.html. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  7. "The Mummy (GBC)". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/gbc/action/mummy/index.html. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  8. "The Mummy Valley of the Gods (Issue List)". Comic Collector Live Database. http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/CoverTitle_List.aspx?id=c8d5397b-9fe6-4997-9966-9d903720bdcc. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  9. "The Mummy Valley of the Gods (Issue #2)". Comic Collector Live Database. http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/Issue.aspx?id=c842164c-db3d-4971-9e13-3bda3d8e555a. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  10. "The Mummy: the Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax (Issue List)". Comic Collector Live Database. http://www.comiccollectorlive.com/LiveData/CoverTitle_List.aspx?id=b72be0fe-3d59-4755-8aae-5922674ad4d8. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  11. Universal Studios Hollywood - Revenge of the Mummy - the Ride
  12. Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride at Universal Orlando Resort

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