Rob Cohen Posts New Mummy 3 Update

It's gonna be a very Brendan Fraser summer!

As The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor continues to lumber menacingly toward its August 1 release date, the filmmakers are working feverishly behind the scenes -- and director Rob Cohen has issued a new bulletin with the details.

According to Cohen's latest blog entry, the new Mummy is currently "running 2 hours and 5 minutes long and strong," and will have its first studio screening on the 28th; it's already been shown to Universal's marketing heads, however, because "it is critical they have as much time to work on the film's presentation to you, the audience, as possible." Whenever the teaser trailer winds up coming out, Cohen wants it to premiere at his site.

So what's being worked on now? Unsurprisingly, the film's visual effects are taking some time:

The visual effects work is going on apace. We have nine finals at this point out of 800 shots. Sounds dismal and hopeless, but this is how vfx work goes: the first 50% of the time on 10% of the shots and the second 50% on the 90%. There is so much R & D going in defining the visual rules for each fantasy creature, object, or landscape (what does Shangri-la look like?) that the refinement of this first 100 shots defines all the rest. Once the aesthetics and methodology are set, the production pipelines are refined and the work begins to accelerate.

To hear more about Cohen's favorite bits from the film -- including the star of the "Himalayan sequence" -- follow the link below!

Source: Rob Cohen

Comments

Don't Tase Me Bro

Don't Tase Me Bro

Indiana Jones will be better...

Feb 20 - 06:12 AM

TortillaSoup

Richard Fernandez

SiMPSONS DID IT

Feb 20 - 06:40 AM

Shatter24

Jeremiah Rancourt

I will enjoy both Indiana Jones and Mummy 3, and think back warmly on National Treasure 2 last December - It is a good time to like treasure huntin' films!

Feb 20 - 07:01 AM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

Rob Cohen hasn't made a good film since Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story way back in '93 so i'm very cautious. As a fan of the first film who hated it's sequel, i hold very little hope it'll live up to the standard of the first.

Maybe i'll feel different after the teaser and theatrical trailers are released.

Feb 20 - 07:22 AM

rockster11

Matt Gamble

Why do I have a so very bad feeling about this?

Feb 20 - 07:56 AM

xenogears

J'rome Holmes II

Probably because the idea of Brenden "George of the Jungle" Frasier (or his offspring) ever in a billion years beating Jet Li in a fight is just completely ridiculous. Still i'll watch Jet in anything so I have to see this. Still holding out hope it will be good though.

Feb 20 - 08:12 AM

xenogears

J'rome Holmes II

Probably because the idea of Brenden "George of the Jungle" Frasier (or his offspring) ever in a billion years beating Jet Li in a fight is just completely ridiculous. Still i'll watch Jet in anything so I have to see this. Still holding out hope it will be good though.

Feb 20 - 08:12 AM

Gimy

Gimy Moo

this should be decent and i'm not so sure which one will actually be more entertaining, Jones or this. since Jones has Ford and Speilberg...my bet is on them but that trailer didn't really wow me. i still like this less serious series though. but hearing visual effects is taking forever worries me. the two things that made Returns so much worse than the first was that stupid kid, and the HORRIBLE effects of the Rock being the Scorpion King. if they do that again...it'll suck

Feb 20 - 08:16 AM

Amalgamate

Norman Dostal

I liked the sequel-it was fun and what it was supposed to be

The Rock CGI looked awful and the undead army looked like cartoons, but still had fun

Feb 20 - 10:45 AM

opTIMus Nerd

Tim Ahlberg

The headline to this article ought to have been, "Rob Cohen still working, people apparently really want another Mummy movie?!"

Feb 20 - 10:52 AM

u1sart

johann hart

Aahhh come on peopl.. The mummy movies are really good, they are funny, adventurous and pretty fun to watch. I know this will be good i am really waiting fot this to come out. and Brendon Frasier plays a good role, and it seems like the special effect going to be great... but lets see whats gonna happen.. *fingers crossed*

Feb 20 - 11:58 AM

Relapse

Doug Whitmore

They should make this a 3D film. Otherwise I'd wait for DVD.

Feb 20 - 03:52 PM

DarthWonka

Jesse Rodgers

There's a lot of room for improvement in these Mummy movies because the first two were kinda wack. Unlike Indiana Jones, which, for the most part can only disappoint (being realistic or pessimistic, depending on how you want to look at it.) Here's hoping I'm right on the former and wrong on the latter.

Feb 20 - 06:33 PM

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