Brendan Fraser has finalized his deal with Universal, setting up his return to The Mummy 3. But he’ll have to go it alone, as his leading lady, Rachel Weisz has opted not to return to the successful film franchise.
The third Mummy is currently on track for a summer 2008 release, with production set to begin in late summer. The film, set in China, will be directed by Rob Cohen and introduce a new villian played by Jet Li.
The script (penned by Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough) will have to be re-worked to account for the absence of Weisz’s character. Until that rewrite, Universal will hold up the official greenlight.
The Mummy franchise (The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001)) has grossed more than $848.9 million worldwide.