It has now been well over a year since actor Brendan Fraser announced he would be reprising his role from The Mummy films for at least one more go around. After the announcement Fraser quickly backed away from his statements, claiming nothing was official at the time. Six months later, news finally popped up which seemed to confirm Fraser's original claims, as we were told The Mummy 3 was happening, and happening against the backdrop of China. The evil villain this time would be the dead Emperor Qin Shihuang and his terracotta army of the undead. But after that, the news stopped ... until today, which is, of course, why we are talking about it again. It's now been confirmed Universal Pictures has indeed signed Brendan Fraser for a third Mummy film. Fraser will once again play action hero Rick O'Connell, but the story will not be a direct sequel. It will instead be a "re-imagining" of the first two flicks. The upside of this plan, for the studio, is it allows them to put new cast members in place around Fraser without having to explain why the old ones aren't back. Hey -- it is a re-imagining! No word yet on the fate of the rumored undead terracotta army. Also of note; the new version will be written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar of Smallville fame, two very popular authors these days.

I continue to support The Mummy films. Certainly not masterful pieces of art or anything, but I enjoy watching them. Good action, good fun, and I can sorta shut my brain off while I watch. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a popcorn summer action flick, and The Mummy fits snugly into this category. I'm not entirely sure what a "re-imagining" means, but it sounds like what Marvel keeps trying to explain with their restart of The Hulk franchise. If this trend continues, I will need to re-energize my push for a "re-imagined" League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.