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Friday, 11 May, 2001, 23:37 GMT 00:37 UK
Sequels queue up for summer
The Mummy Returns fight scene
Egypt's deadliest are back in The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns, which opens next Friday, kicks off a summer film schedule heaving with sequels.

While sequels are guaranteed to pull in some of their original audience, the hard part is keeping the successful formula without repeating the plot.

It is almost obligatory for blockbuster sequels to have better effects, bigger monsters and louder explosions - consider Terminator 2 and Aliens.

The big-budget sand and bandages epic The Mummy Returns picks up the story from the original 1999 surprise smash hit.

The Mummy, itself a remake of the 1932 classic, wowed audiences with its action sequences, computer animations and blend of humour and horror.

Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz)
Rick O'Connell and Rachel Weisz reprise their Mummy roles
In The Mummy Returns, writer-director Stephen Sommers wisely dishes up more of the same.

Eight years on from their battle against evil Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), former legionnaire Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are married and living in England with their son Alex.

Cloth-wrapped

But an expedition to Egypt has brought back Imhotep's cloth-wrapped mummy to the British Museum where he is once more brought back from the dead.

Along with the original cast is a new monster - the Scorpion King - played by professional wrestler The Rock.

The runaway box office success of The Mummy Returns in the US is an auspicious start to the sequel-packed summer months.

It was the second biggest opener ever, after 1997's Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

Raptors return

Now Jurassic Park III is set to hit the big screen.

Jurassic Park III
Dinosaur alert: The Jurassic giants are back again
Sam Neill reprises his role as the paleantologist Dr Alan Grant who finds himself marooned with adventurer (William H Macy) and his wife (Téa Leoni) on an island dinosaur-breeding ground.

Watch out for the return of the raptors, pterodactyls attacking from the air, and a new challenger to the almighty T-Rex, Spinosaurus.

Dundee goes to Hollywood

He's been away for more than a decade, but Crocodile Dundee is back - this time in Hollywood.

Crocodile Dundee in boat
Out of the outback: Mick Dundee sets course for LA
Paul Hogan returns as Mick Dundee, along with Linda Kozlowski as partner Sue Charlton in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

In chapter three of the saga, Mick and son Mikey leave their small Australian town of Walkabout Creek when Sue is temporarily assigned to the Los Angeles bureau of her father's newspaper.

Crocodile Dundee, released in 1986, grossed $360m worldwide, while 1988's Crocodile Dundee II took in $250m.

Animal antics

Eddie Murphy is back talking to the animals in Dr Dolittle 2.

Eddie Murphy as Dr Doolittle
Dr Doolittle: Still talking to the animals
This time he is trying to save a forest with the help of two bears (voiced by Steve Zahn and Lisa Kudrow).

On the action comedy front, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are reunited in Rush Hour 2.

Tucker and Chan go East in this sequel to the 1998 blockbuster about two cops from different backgrounds.

And for those who prefer their gags even less subtle, American Pie 2 and Scary Movie 2 are also on their way.

Already excitement is mounting for next year's big sequels, which include Star Wars Episode II (this also happens to be a prequel), The Matrix 2 and the second chapter of Lord of the Rings.

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