"Mummy" to shoot in Montreal


TORONTO -- Universal's $100 million-budget action pic "The Mummy 3" will shoot in Montreal this summer, the Quebec Film and Television Council said Wednesday.

The news follows last week's settlement of Canada's actors strike and a turf war in Montreal between IATSE locals 667 and 514 and AQTIS, the Quebec technicians union (HR 2/28).

Provincial film commissioner Hans Fraikin of the QFTC, in Los Angeles on Wednesday to brief the major studios on the freshly-inked IATSE-AQTIS agreement, was not available for comment.

But a spokesman for the council confirmed that the Rob Cohen-directed "Mummy 3" will shoot at the Cite' du Cinema Studio in downtown Montreal.

The recent IATSE-AQTIS turf war led a number of major studio projects to bypass Montreal, including Paramount's "Spiderwick Chronicles."

But labor peace in Canada has helped spur the return of Hollywood shooting beyond Quebec. Another Universal project, "The Incredible Hulk," announced this week that it will shoot this summer in Toronto.