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Stephen Sommers

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One thing above all else that helmer-scribe-producer Stephen Sommers relishes about working with Stacey Snider and Ron Meyer:

“Neither of them want to direct or write. They love their jobs and they’re perfectly happy to let me do mine.”

That doesn’t mean there aren’t the inevitable script notes. There are. While top-line helmers opine the sometimes script-length responses from studio toppers, Sommers enjoys Snider’s takes.

“She and I have different tastes. But that ends up in a complementary situation, not conflict,” he continues.

Case in point: the wildly successful

“Mummy” franchise.

“She urged me to make the central story more romantic and a little smarter. It made both films that much stronger and broader in their appeal.”

The U duo was not looking over Sommers’ shoulder, mind you.

During shooting of both “Mummies” there was just one on-set visit per pic in London. “They respect the process,” Sommers says.

And despite the box office tally ($415 million and counting on “The Mummy Returns”) there’s no studio pressure to crank out a second sequel.

“Most executives would be all over me. They haven’t mentioned it,” Sommers says.

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