I’m not going to lie when i say that one of the key elements i enjoyed of the 1999 reboot of The Mummy was of course actor Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connell.
While there was a reference to the 1999 film in the 2017 reboot starring Tom Cruise, some fans were wondering why there wasn’t at least a cameo from Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connell, but it turns out there’s a perfectly good reason for that.
This entire Dark Universe centers around a corporation known as Prodigium, lead by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), and we see at its London headquarters that they have assembled a number of artifacts from various creatures throughout the years, including the Book of Amun-Ra, which was seen during a scene where archaeologist Jenny Halesey (Annabelle Wallis) uses it as a weapon to take out a member of the Prodigium security team. This movie, like all of the others in the Dark Universe, is set in present day, which, as director Alex Kurtzman revealed to Entertainment Tonight, is the reason why we didn’t see Brendan Fraser’s Rick O’Connell.
The 1999 movie The Mummy was set in the year 1923, with the 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns, taking place a decade later in 1933. The 2008 film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, the last of the trilogy, was set in 1946, with the story taking place in China. Given that it would be essentially impossible for Rick O’Connell to still be alive in present day, the Book of Amun-Ra makes a much more logical Easter Egg than bringing Rick O’Connell back.
Here’s what the director had to say about honoring the previous Mummy trilogy.
“We wanted to tip our hat to it, and there are two moments that do that in the film (including the Book of Amun-Ra, which Fraser’s character use to defeat Imhotep in 1999’s The Mummy). We never really talked actively about bringing Brendan Fraser in, because he lived in a very different time period than the modern day and so he would be potentially not even alive. [Laughs] Unless he himself were a monster, it didn’t seem like he would make a whole lot of sense. And if he were a monster, then we would have had a lot of explaining to do about why he was there.”