Uni eyes Cohen for 'Mummy 3'


Rob Cohen is in negotiations to direct "Mummy 3" for Universal Pictures.

Stephen Sommers, who directed the first two movies, is producing with partner Bob Ducsay. Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks also are producing.

The plot details of the script, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, are being kept under wraps.

The previous two installments of the successful action-adventure franchise starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz as early 20th century adventurers who end up in the path of a reborn Egyptian mummy played by Arnold Vosloo. The first movie, released in 1999, grossed $155 million at the domestic boxoffice, while 2001's "The Mummy Returns" made $202 million.

Talks with actors have not begun.

Jeff Kirschenbaum and Erik Baiers are overseeing for Universal.

WMA-repped Cohen last directed "Stealth." He also is writing a biopic of filmmaker Russ Meyer and his wife titled "King of the Nudies," which he plans to direct, and is attached to direct "Scared Straight" for New Line. Cohen's other directing credits include "The Fast and the Furious" and "XXX."