Magazine article Variety

Shooting 'The Mummy' in Namibia

Magazine article Variety

Shooting 'The Mummy' in Namibia

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By Sean Daniel, producer

(as told to Peter Debruge)

I was the executive on "Gorillas in the Mist," which we shot in Rwanda and Kenya, and we were in Morocco for both "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." But this movie is a complete reinvention of the Mummy legend, so we wanted to find a new look and setting to represent ancient Egypt. The story also required us to create villages in modern-day, war-torn Iraq. We looked all over the world, and the Namib Desert yielded these incredible locations.

It's the oldest desert in the world. It's one of the few that stretch all the way to the coast, so fogs would roll in due to the meeting of the desert and ocean atmospheres. You would sometimes have to wait and deal with cloud clearance, and there were sandstorms, but the production went very well, and everyone felt it was a very positive experience.

Here's a country that had a long and bloody civil war during its struggle for independence, so it's interesting to have people who came out of that now being the officials creating an infrastructure for Hollywood moviemaking. …

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