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09:00am ET, 19-May-04

 Sommers Won't Helm Mummy 3

Stephen Sommers, director of the first two Mummy films, told SCI FI Wire that he will not be returning to the franchise should Universal Pictures decide to make another movie. "I've done my Mummys," Sommers said in an interview. "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 is now in theaters.

Sommers—who was on hand at the unveiling of a Van Helsing-themed haunted-house attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles—added that working on follow-ups to either of the series was the furthest thing from his mind 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."

Stars of the previous Mummy movies have said they'd be interested in returning for a third installment. But describing the rigamarole of work he's endured in the past months preparing Van Helsing for theatrical release, Sommers said, "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."

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