The Mummy script
The Mummy (1999)
Synopsis: The Mummy is a rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.

The UNIVERSAL PICTURES globe spins. Then comes to a stop on the African

continent. A golden papyrus MAP of ANCIENT EGYPT rises up. WE PUSH IN on

it, towards a CITY along the Nile, it's name written in hierarchic. WE KEEP

PUSHING IN until the golden map turns to golden sand and we find ourselves

DESCENDING on this ancient Egyptian city. Only it's not ancient.

SUPERIMPOSED across the SCREEN are the WORDS.

TREBES - 2,134 B.C

Accompanied by a NARRATOR with a very thick Egyptian accent:

NARRATOR:

Thebes. City of the Living. Crown

jewel of Pharaoh Seti the First.

The CAMERA sets-down in an open plaza. An Arabian horse-drawn CHARIOT comes

barreling right at us, driven by PHARAOH SETI; an aristocratic, virile old

man. The chariot WIPES FRAME.

INT. ANCK-SU-NAMUN'S BALCONY WINDOW - PALACE - DUSK

Glaring out over the city at the setting sun is a handsome, muscular MAN

with intense, evil eyes. This is IMHOTEP.

NARRATOR:

Home of Imhotep, High Priest of

Osiris, Keeper of the Dead.

A gorgeous, olive-skinned goddess enters the outer foyer. It takes us a

moment to realize that the skin-tight dress she's wearing isn't a dress at

all, but rather her entire naked body has been PAINTED in the ancient

Egyptian manner She's a stunning sight to behold. This is ANCK-SU-NAMUN.

NARRATOR:

Birthplace of Anck-su-namun.

Pharaoh's Mistress. No other man was allowed

to touch her.

She makes her way through the ornate statuary. The CAMERA comes to a stop

on a CRACKED STONE FACE. A BEAT. And then it's eyes suddenly POP OPEN. It's

really a strange looking TATTOOED MAN. Several more of these hideous, bald

MEN stand nearby. They are the PRIESTS of Osiris. Imhotep's guys. Their

eyes watch Anck-su-namun vanish through the bedroom curtains. Anck-su-namun

embraces Imhotep, they kiss passionately, feverishly. Imhotep's hands roam

over her perfect body, smearing the paint. The Narrator's VOICE fills with

lust:

NARRATOR:

But for our love, we were willing to

risk life itself.

And we realize that the Narrator is actually Imhotep himself

on the other-side of the curtains, the bald Priests rush over and close the

doors. But just as they do, the doors suddenly BURST OPEN. Pharaoh angrily

strides in, looks at the Priests. The following DIALOGUE is in ANCIENT

EGYPTIAN, --SUBTITLED.)

PHARAOH:

What are you doing here?

The Priests back away, scared shitless, obviously his arrival was

unexpected. Pharaoh strides for the curtains. Throws them back.

Anck-su-namun stands alone. Gives him a sexy smile. Pharaoh sees the

smeared body paint. Points his finger.

PHARAOH:

WHO HAS TOUCHED YOU?!

From behind him, his sword is ripped out of its scabbard. Pharaoh spins

around. It's Imhotep. Pharaoh is shocked.

PHARAOH:

Imhotep? .... My priest.

Behind him, Anck-su-namun lifts a dagger and plunges it into his back.

Pharaoh SCREAMS. Imhotep raises Pharaoh's sword. The hideous bald Priests

SLAM the doors and bolt them tight. Through the curtains, they see the

SHADOWS of Anck-su-namun and Imhotep stab away at Pharaoh. Suddenly, the

doors are RAMMED from the other side, --WHAM! Imhotep and Anck-su-namun

turn and look. --WHAM! The doors are RAMMED again. The two lovers share

desperate looks. --WHAM! The bald Priests run up and grab Imhotep and try

and pull him towards the balcony.

PRIESTS:

Pharaoh's bodyguards!

Imhotep tries to break free, but Anck-su-namun rips Pharaoh's sword out of

his hand and pushes him towards the balcony.

ANCK-SU-NAMM

You must go. Save yourself.

Only you can resurrect me.

Imhotep's face fills with despair. The DOORS EXPLODE OPEN. MEN with

BLUE-TINTED SKIN and strange PUZZLE-TATTOOS over their bodies stride in,

armed to the teeth. These are the MUMIA. The Priests hustle Imhotep out

onto the dark balcony just as the Mumia rip through the curtains.

Anck-su-namun points at Pharaoh and hisses--

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Stephen Sommers

Stephen Sommers is an American screenwriter and film director, best known for The Mummy and its sequel, The Mummy Returns. more…

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