After 91 days of shooting and more than 2,000 shots filmed on two continents, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor wrapped. For Rick O’Connell himself, it was hard to say good-bye again, but he was excited that another chapter was beginning. Brendan Fraser closes: “The spirit of this film is one of adventure, fun, romance, things that go bang, lots of action, some great fights. We’re here to entertain.”
To celebrate the wrap of principal photography in truly Chinese style, SFX supervisor Steinheimer created a fireworks display that lasted nearly eight minutes. Crewmembers, who inevitably had become blasé to the excitement of explosions, stunts and other daily events, stood wide-eyed at the incredible showstopper—a fitting end to the roller-coaster action-adventure of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
The parting words go to our director. Concludes Cohen of time spent immersed in a culture he cherishes: “China was a great place to set a movie that has fantasy, imagery, history and incredible action. I would like people to feel that the culture of China has been dealt with very fairly and beautifully. The Chinese are very warm and emotional people. If you have the proper respect for their culture, they will meet you not just halfway, but 80 percent of the way. They are wonderful, artistic collaborators.”
Universal Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media, A Sommers Company/Alphaville production of A Rob Cohen film: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, starring Maria Bello, John Hannah, Russell Wong, Liam Cunningham, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong and Michelle Yeoh. The music is by Randy Edelman; the costume designer is Sanja Milkovic Hays; the editors are Joel Negron and Kelly Matsumoto. The production designer is Nigel Phelps; the director of photography is Simon Duggan, ACS. The executive producer for the film is Chris Brigham. The film is produced by Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Stephen Sommers and Bob Ducsay. The film is written by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and directed by Rob Cohen.