'The Mummy' finishes shooting in China

2007-12-11 01:03:21 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONG KONG -- Director Rob Cohen has finished shooting the third installment of "The Mummy" series on a set in Shanghai with a scene involving Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello's characters visiting an Egyptian nightclub.

The final scene of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" took place at the Shanghai Studio, wrapping up a production that took 91 days and 2,021 shots, Cohen said in an entry on his Web site seen Tuesday.

The film, which now goes into editing, sound and visual effects, will hold its world premiere on July 24 in Beijing, just ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games on Aug. 8, the director said in the entry dated over the weekend.

In the latest "Mummy" film, explorer Rick O'Connell, played by Fraser, and his family battle a resurrected ancient Chinese emperor played by action star Jet Li.

The film also features Michelle Yeoh, John Hannah and Luke Ford. Bello replaces Rachel Weisz as Rick's wife, Evelyn, from the first two installments.

Earlier, Cohen shot an explosion scene set on Shanghai's famous waterfront Bund. He also filmed in Montreal, Canada and a desert valley north of Beijing, where he shot a battle scene involving the Chinese emperor, his 5,000 terra-cotta warriors and the O'Connells.