Star Brendan Fraser will return for "The Mummy 3," but the same can't be said for the franchise's leading lady.
According to Variety, Fraser has reached a lucrative deal for the Rob Cohen-directed "Mummy 3." He'll have to find a new love interest, though, because Rachel Weisz is out.
The first two "Mummy" films have earned comfortably over $800 million worldwide, with "The Mummy Returns" opening in 2001, two years after the original. Production on "The Mummy 3" will begin at the end of the summer, giving Universal a big release for the summer of 2008.
Miles Millar and Alfred Gough wrote "The Mummy 3," which is set in China and features Jet Li as the main villain. The trade paper reports that the scribes will do a new pass on the script to take Weisz's absence into account.
Weisz won an Oscar last year for "The Constant Gardner" and has lined up roles in "The Brothers Bloom" and "Dirt Music," filling her schedule.
Fraser, meanwhile, has "Journey 3D" and "Inkheart" on tap for 2008, with both films coming from New Line. The "George of the Jungle" star was most recently seen in "Crash" and "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."