Brendan Fraser is open returning to The Mummy franchise if the "concept" was right.
The actor is currently enjoying a career renaissance due to his performance in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an obese man named Charlie who attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Over the past 20 years or so, his star status had declined in Hollywood due to physical and mental problems, as well as an encounter with an executive in which he was assaulted.
In the late 1990s into the early 2000s, he shot to fame with his roles in George of the Jungle and The Mummy.
And, we could see him return to the latter.
“I don’t know how it would work,” he previously told Variety.
“But I’d be open to it if someone came up with the right concept."
In 2017, The Mummy received a reboot in what proved to be a star vehicle for Tom Cruise. It received negative reviews and poor box office returns, ultimately leading to Universal cancelling its planned Monsters Universe franchise.
Fraser believes the reboot leaned too heavily on horror rather than adventure.
“It is hard to make that movie,” he suggested.
“The ingredient that we had going for our ‘Mummy,’ which I didn’t see in the new one, was fun. That was what was lacking in that incarnation. It was too much of a straight-ahead horror movie. ‘The Mummy’ should be a thrill ride, but not terrifying and scary.”
Fraser played the character of Rick O'Connell in The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Mummy Returns, The
Action / Adventure
2001 • 130 minutes
Adventure / Action
1999 • 125 minutes