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THE MUMMY

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In 1719 B

In 1719 B.C. in the Egyptian city of Thebes, a forbidden love between the evil high priest Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namum, the Pharoah's mistress is exposed. When Anck-Su-Namum takes her own life, Imhotep's subsequent act of desperation in Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, defies the gods.

For his unholy acts, he is given the ultimate curse, his mummified body will remain undead for all eternity, a torturous existence, but one that will cease should his rotting corpse ever be released. As Imhotep's screams of pain from within the sarcophagus grow muffled while he is lowered into the earth, the curse is set in motion, and his evil, vengeful heart lays beating in the dark, growing stronger and stronger.

Universal Pictures presents an Alphaville Production of The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser (Blast From The Past). A rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic based on Universal Pictures' classic 1932 film The Mummy, the film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book) and produced by James Jacks and Sean Daniel (Tombstone, Michael) with Industrial Light & Magic producing the ground-breaking visual effects.

The Mummy also stars Rachel Weisz (Swept From The Sea), John Hannah (Sliding Doors), Arnold Vosloo (Hard Target) and Kevin J. O'Connor (Deep Rising). Adrian Biddle (Aliens) serves as director of photography, with Allan Cameron (Starship Troopers) as production designer, Bob Ducsay (Deep Rising) as editor and John Bloomfield (Waterworld) as costume designer.

When Alphaville founders James Jacks and Sean Daniel first learned that Stephen Sommers was interested in writing and directing The Mummy, they immediately arranged an informational meeting and began discussing the project. They had never met Stephen before, but had seen his widely-praised Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and were quite impressed.

"We thought Stephen had an interesting take on the subject, more of a hell-bent-action-adventure movie with horror in it, but very much a swashbuckler film like the old Errol Flynn films (Captain Blood, Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk)," says Jacks.

Sommers says, "I really wanted to do a big roaring romantic adventure set in ancient Egypt, and The Mummy offered all that and more"

The producers agreed, as they wanted to keep The Mummy a period film -- a huge action-adventure film with a hint of romance.

"I set the main story in the 1920's because, to me, it's the most romantic era," says Summers. "The tone, the feel of the movie felt just felt like it belonged in that period."

"Our version of The Mummy is very romantic. If we have a role model for the movie it is probably Raiders of the Lost Ark or Gungha Din." Jacks adds. "While the producers knew it would be presumptuous to say the movie would be as good as those classic films, they certainly intended to aim for a similar tone."

According to Daniel, "We wanted it to be fun...an adventure film with a lot of humor, but not a comedy. Our aim is to be scary, not gory...funny, not campy. We wanted to show that we have a great affection for the original movies."

The producers strove to create a movie that people of all ages would want to see, and knew that the concept of the movie they envisioned would require careful positioning, as the producers did not want the film to be an out-and-out horror film.

"I did see it as a horror mo

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