Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are no strangers to franchises, having scripted Spider-Man 2, co-created the Shanghai Noon/Nights films and executive-produced more than six seasons of TV’s Smallville. Well, the dynamic duo is at it again—scripting The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the third installment of Universal’s rebooted Brendan Fraser-starring Mummy series.
Gough took some time out of his work on Smallville’s seventh season (which began airing last week), to tell FEARnet how his Mummy will differ from those that came before it…
“It’s interesting,” he laughs, “because in 2004, [Mummy director] Steve Sommers and his partner Bob Ducsay wanted to have lunch with us. They said, ‘What are you interested in doing?’ We said, ‘No more comic books and no more sequels! Because we’ve just done Spider-Man 2.’ He said, “Well, we’re developing Flash Gordon and Mummy 3.’ Neither of which appealed to us, but then Steve kept calling us, really, and then came upon the idea to not set it in Egypt—this one’s set in China—and play the family dynamic, with Rick and Evie and the son, who you sort of saw in [The Mummy Returns]. But the son was sort of the MacGuffin in the second movie: he got kidnapped and they had to go get him back. In this one, he’s in his early 20s, and you get to play more of the father-son dynamic, and sort of see the son out there trying to step out of the shadow of a very successful parent, who’s sort of larger than life. So that’s how we got involved. It’s shooting right now in Montreal, and then they’re gonna move to Shanghai. Rob Cohen—he did The Fast and the Furious and xXx and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story—is directing it. It’s going very well. So it’ll be out the first weekend of August next year—August 1st, next summer.
“Certainly, the first movie, Miles and I were big fans of, and we sort of found a way… I think anytime you sort of step into a franchise—whether it’s Spider-Man 2 or this movie—you have to feel like you have a story to tell that could potentially be better than the movies that have come before it. We certainly feel that way about this one.”