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‘Mummy 3’ director Rob Cohen smacks Stephen Sommers

In the July/August 2008 issue of Archaeology magazine:

For this movie, it was about the history. Let’s just say thar Stephen Sommers [director of the first two] didn’t pay as much respect and honor to Egypt as I believe we have to China. There’s a balance between playing fast and loose with a culture for entertainment and giving the culture no credence at all

Ooo. (There’s a lot more at Archaeology about making a historical action fantasy, but no more Sommers bashing.)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens August 1.

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  • E

    I guess I’m skeptical of Rob “director of triple x, the skulls, and stealth” Cohen handling Chinese culture any more carefully than Sommers did Egypt’s. But perhaps he deserves me waiting to see, as the movie has awesome Jet Li, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie in the franchise.

  • The original Mummy was OK, and the second was actually even better. But then Sommers did Van Helsing, which was abominable.

    The fact that Rachel Weisz bailed on this third Mummy should tell you everything you need to know about whether it should have been made. To wit, it should not have been.

  • PS: MaryAnn, I have now received the following error message TWICE while submitting posts here today… the post does get submitted, but the new page with the post on it does not come up as it should:

    Rebuild failed: Building date-based archive ‘Monthly20080601000000’ failed: Build error in template ‘Individual Entry Archive’: Error in tag: You used an ‘MTEntryTitle’ tag outside of the context of an entry; perhaps you mistakenly placed it outside of an ‘MTEntries’ container?

  • MaryAnn

    Thanks, Clay. I’ve been fiddling with some of the backend stuff, which was obviously causing the problem. Should be fixed now.

  • Grant

    Y’know, when Cohen directs some movie that doesen’t totally suck, then he can give other directors shit about historical accuracy.

    Oh wait, I stand corrected: Cohen directed Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, so he knows alllllllllll about Chinese culture.


  • yolo

    Stephen is better than rob !!!!! The first 2 mummies are better then the 3rd

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