Stephen Sommers has been banging out pointless but highly entertaining summer monster bashing blockbusters for a few years now, but he's finally had enough.
The director of the first two Mummy movies told SCI FI Wire that he won't be coming back to the franchise if Universal Pictures decide to make another one.
"I've done my Mummys," Sommers said. "There may be a third Mummy, but I need to do a small movie about two girls chatting on a beach."
Sommers just completed the big summer action film Van Helsing, which has been a hit at the box-office despite ticket sales seriously dropping off after the opening weekend.
Sommers also went on to add that follow-ups to either of the series was the last thing he wanted to get involved in right now. "A lot of people have been talking about sequels, but what they forget is that I'm the one who has to make it," he said. "I'm just tired right now. As soon as I finish this, I'm going to go to the beach. I've been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for two years. This is my last event for a while."
Unsurprisingly, stars of the first two Mummy movies have said they'd be interested in returning to their roles for a third installment, but the commitment of promoting those kind of movies is the main problem. "We finished the movie three weeks ago. I finished it on a Monday, and Tuesday I flew to New York to do the press junket, came back, had the premiere, opened the movie, did small press, and today is it."
All that free food, booze and gushing praise must be tough.
Despite not wanting to get involved in any more Mummy movies, it looks like the connections are still going to be there, mainly in the form of a brand new ride in Universal studios.
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