“We need another one”: Universal Was So Impressed With $416M Movie They Called the Director the Next Day to Make a Sequel With Dwayne Johnson

"We need another one": Universal Was So Impressed With $416M Movie They Called the Director the Next Day to Make a Sequel With Dwayne Johnson
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The Mummy, released in 1999, is an adventure film directed by Stephen Sommers and produced by James Jacks and Sean Daniel. The film was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $416 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from critics. The film’s plot revolves around the resurrection of Imhotep, a high priest of ancient Egypt who was cursed and buried alive for betraying his pharaoh and falling in love with his mistress. Dwayne Johnson also made his Hollywood debut in the fan-favorite franchise.

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A still from The Mummy

In the film, Imhotep is brought back to life when a group of treasure hunters unwittingly awaken him while exploring his tomb. Imhotep then sets out to find the reincarnation of his lost love, which he believes is Evelyn. The film stars Brendan Fraser as adventurer Rick O’Connell, Rachel Weisz as librarian Evelyn Carnahan, John Hannah as her brother Jonathan, and Arnold Vosloo as the mummy Imhotep.

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Universal Wasted No Time In Making A Sequel

Stephen Sommers, the director of The Mummy (1999), reportedly received a phone call from Universal the day after the film’s release. The studio urgently requested a sequel, saying, “We need another one,” as the movie had been such a big hit with audiences. 

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Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns

The Mummy was a massive success at the box office, grossing $416 million worldwide. It spawned two sequels, The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), as well as a spin-off movie, The Scorpion King (2002). The franchise also inspired a number of video games, comic books, and a Universal Studios theme park ride. Dwayne Johnson also made a mark in Hollywood with The Mummy franchise.

Sommers’ vision for The Mummy was to create a fun, family-friendly adventure movie that would appeal to audiences of all ages. He succeeded in doing just that, crafting a thrilling and visually stunning film that captured the imagination of audiences around the world.


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Dwayne Johnson Became The Face Of The Franchise

Dwayne Johnson’s Scorpion King is a 2002 action-adventure film that serves as a spin-off to the popular Mummy franchise. The film follows the story of Mathayus, a skilled warrior and assassin who is hired by a group of rebels to take down a cruel tyrant who is terrorizing their village.

Dwayne Johnson In The Mummy Returns
Dwayne Johnson In The Scorpion King

The movie features Dwayne Johnson in his first lead role in a major Hollywood production, and he delivers an impressive performance that helped establish him as a bankable action star. The film also features stunning visuals, elaborate sets, and impressive action sequences that showcase Johnson’s physical prowess.


In addition to its success at the box office, The Scorpion King also helped cement Johnson’s status as a leading action star. He went on to star in several other high-profile action movies, including the Fast and Furious franchise, Rampage, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The Mummy (1999) is available for streaming on Hulu.

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