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MUMMY 3 Wraps Officially, Early China Release

By Jarrod Sarafin, News Editor     November 28, 2007
Source: Variety


Brendan Fraser in THE MUMMY:TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR(2008).
© Universal Pictures

Variety reports that THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR has officially wrapped this week, culminating with a wrap party in Shanghai on Monday. Director Rob Cohen has told the press that the third installment will also get released first in China on July 24, 2008, a full week ahead of the U.S release. The movie has a largely Chinese crew -- just 180 out of 2,200 people are non-Chinese, Cohen said. The director also unspooled a 5-minute trailer for the press at the wrap party though that's not online at the moment...

Plot Summary: The blockbuster global "Mummy" franchise takes a spellbinding turn as the action shifts to Asia for the next chapter in the adventure series, "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). And this time, the O'Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first. Now, in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," the trademark thrills and visually spectacular action of the "Mummy" series will be redefined for a new generation.

"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" is helmed by director Rob Cohen ("The Fast and the Furious," "xXx") and written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Spider-Man 2," television's "Smallville"). Reprising their roles as producers in the series are Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel, Stephen Sommers and James Jacks.

THE MUMMY:TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR hits U.S theaters August 1, 2008.

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maverickrenegade 11/28/2007 2:45:21 AM
loooove the first one, and after the shit the second one took in my mouth, im not entirely sure i will hit theaters for this one ... maybe dollar theaters i do like the premise and the fact that some of the original cast is back, but i thought Jet Li gave up his kung fu days to pursue a more dramatic career
Dazzler 11/28/2007 7:03:56 AM
I am tired of American movies being released early to foreign markets when that honor should be given to America first then the trickle down. If you want to honor the cast and crew give them a preview of the movie and a pizza party with no lead.
galaga51 11/28/2007 8:03:04 AM
Mav, you're not the first to misunderstand Jet's intentions. He said he was giving up "epic" martial arts films as they are always about revenge... or at least I think that's right. But, I've heard he might be going back on this anyway. Oh well. Another likely reason for early Chinese release? To help get their money before the film hits the streets on DVD... not that it will take that long.
Wiseguy 11/28/2007 9:01:44 AM
I would be opposed to this if it were something like a superhero movie or something more American related. As is in July 08 we have Hancock, Hellboy 2, Batman and then X-Files. So that's a pretty good month. I don't mind the extra week for the Mummy.
meathead 11/28/2007 9:16:11 PM
Jet Li HAS given up on wu-shu films, or martial arts period piece epics, like Hero and Fearless and films like Iron Monkey, Once Upon A Time In China, etc. He is still doing Martial Arts films, hence things like Danny le chien and The Mummy 3...
maverickrenegade 11/28/2007 10:43:00 PM
meathead ... thanks for clearing that "jet li situation" up for me.
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