Mummy vs King Ghidorah?

Obviously I haven’t been paying attention. The trailer for the third Brendan Frazer Mummy movie, Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, has taken me by surprise. Not only does the film have Rob Cohen as director, but it’s also got Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, living “terracotta” armies, yetis… and King Ghidorah. Okay, it’s probably not King Ghidorah (Toho would hardly approve), but it sure looks like him!

Mummy 3 dragon

as in:

King Ghidorah 2

or this earlier version, known as Ghidrah:


[Yes, I know that Ghidorah’s general appearance was modeled on the Chinese dragon and so the connection is hardly surprising. Still, how often did the traditional dragon have three heads?]

Chinese dragon

Here’s the Mummy 3 trailer:

No Rachel Weisz though. Pity.

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6 Responses to Mummy vs King Ghidorah?

  1. Todd says:

    That’s a shame about no Rachel Weisz.
    She’s puuurrrrrrrrrrrdee!


  2. Backbrain says:

    She’s purrrrrrdddeeee, feisty, smart and interesting as a heroine, while having just enough vulnerability to allow the story to run. Not just the usual dumb bimbette.

  3. Jacob says:

    Yeah, dragon above looks a bit like a wingless Ghidorah. Of course, depends if it’s four legged or two legged.

  4. Backbrain says:

    I’m guessing it’ll be four-legged. It really would be a bit too close to Ghidorah otherwise. Two-leggedness is very daikaiju, a reflection of the use of suitmation.

  5. Backbrain says:

    Hi, Ami. Now that we’ve seen the movie, it’s clear that the dragon doesn’t really look much like King Ghidorah after all.

    It was only an OK movie, in my opinion. It did suffer from blockbuster bloat. And Rachel Weisz was even more missed that I anticipated. On top of that, I thought that Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh — especially the latter — were seriously underused. If you have people like those, with their particular skills, on the payroll, you don’t constrain them as much as they were. Pity.

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