Three of 'em.The Mummy 3, or as it’s been officially monikered, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has officially been given a full plot synopsis. It’s a plot you may be familiar with, but a plot nonetheless.

Thanks to an update on Rob Cohen’s production blog, you’ll be comforted to know the threequel’s narrative isn’t straying too far from the original and its unabashedly shameful (and by shameful I mean I know it’s terrible and still enjoy it) sequel: Mummy unleashed! Mummy wants to take over the world with the help of his undead minions! Stop him, Rick, Evie* and son! Stop him!

The rest of the official synopsis has more purple prose than I’m currently willing to gnaw through, so here it is in all its… adjectivery:

…This time, the O’Connells must stop a mummy awoken from a 2,000-year-old curse who threatens to plunge the world into his merciless, unending service.

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have laid forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force…unless the O’Connells can stop him first.

I’m frequently prone to Cohen bashing thanks to the rattling hollow of the "speed trilogy"** movies he handed out in the first half of this decade. Yet in reading his blog, this is HIS movie– there seems to be a hope/enthusiasm that’s leaving me inclined to wishing this film achieves enough success to give the man some breathing room. I mean, if he can’t make a profitable franchise’s third outing work on its own, a failure is likely to warrant a longer term pass to director jail– especially with the personalization and ownership he’s apparently wearing on his sleeve… and today, despite the wrongs of the past, I’m feeling inexplicably sympathetic. WTFudge?

WTFudge indeed.

*An un-Rachel Weisz looking Maria Bello
**The Fast and the Furious, XXX and Stealth