THE MUMMY

                             By Stephen Sommers

    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--

                                  ANCK-SU-NAMUN

                   My body is no longer his temple!

    She PLUNGES the sword into her own heart. out on the balcony, Imhotep's
    mouth opens into a horrible silent scream .........

                                  NARRATOR/IMHOTEP

                   For murdering Pharaoh, Anck-su-namun's body
                   was to be cursed. And it was I, the High
                   Priest, whose duty it was to curse it.

    EXT. SAND DUNES - NIGHT

    Imhotep leads-a TORCH-LIT procession across the dunes. Anck-su-namun's
    mummy is carried by NUBIAN SLAVES. They pet her down in the sand along with
    FIVE JEWEL ENCRUSTED JARS.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Her body was mummified, her vital
                   organs removed and placed in sacred canopic
                   jars

    Imhotep, filled with dread, reads from a OBOOKO made out of pure GOLD. THIS
    IS THE BOOK OF THE LIVING.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   The Book of The Living contained
                   sacred incantations that would send the evil
                   dead on a journey into the dark underworld.

    Strange LIGHT suddenly FLASHES across Anck-su-namun's body and across the
    faces of the slaves and the EGYPTIAN SOLDIERS Suddenly, everyone's
    fear-filled eyes all rise, as if watching Anck-su-namun's body rising. Then
    one last HUGE FLASH, accompanied by a BLAST OF WIND, and it's over.
    Anck-su-namun's body now lies twisted on the ground.

    Imhotep's Priests place the body into a stone sarcophagus. The Nubian
    slaves lower it into a hole and bury it with sand Imhotep then signals to
    the Soldiers, who throw their spears at the Nubians. Killing them.

                                  INHOTEP

                   The slaves were killed....

    Imhotep's knife-wielding Priests attack the now unarmed Soldiers, hacking
    at them in the flickering darkness as Imhotep and the Mumia solemnly
    watches.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   .... and the soldiers who killed them
                   were also slain, so that no unholy person
                   should ever know the exact location of the
                   burial site.

    The Mumia walk off across the sand and then, one by one,
    the Priests stop their frenzied stabbing and stare off at the
    vanishing Mumia. As the last Mumia disappears over a distant
    dune, Imhotep nods, and the Priests leap onto Anck-su-namun's
    grave and begin digging it back up with their hands.

    EXT. SAHARA DESERT - NIGHT

    CHARIOTS race out into the moonlit desert. Imhotep leads the way. A
    "hearse" carries Anck-su-namun's mummy. THE MAP OF ANCIENT EGYPT FADES UP.
    The chariots race across the map.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   But there was another book, The Book
                   Of The Dead, which was never to-be opened,
                   never to be read, for it contained the
                   incantations that could bring a dead body
                   back to life a most unholy thing.

    The chariots arrive at a place marked on the map in hieratic. They race up
    the stone ramp and in through the city gates. SUPERIMPOSED across the
    SCREEN are the WORDS:

                        KANUNAPTM - City of the Dead

                                  IMHOTEP

                   It was hidden at Hamunaptra, City of
                   the Dead, inside the statue of Anubis, so
                   that no such sacrilege might ever disgrace
                   Egypt.

    EXT. HAMUNAPTRA - ANUBIS SITE - NIGHT

    Imhotep pulls an ORNATE CHEST out of a SECRET COMPARTMENT inside the giant
    STATUE OF ANUBIS. He opens the chest and lifts out THE BOOK OF THE DEAD,
    made of black stone.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   But for my love of Anck-su-namun I
                   was willing to defy the gods.

    INT- UNDERGROUND NECROPOLIS - NIGHT

    Big hairy RATS scurry through the mausoleums and over the headstones of
    this very large, scary, UNDERGROUND CEMETERY. A DETRITUS MOAT surrounds the
    cemetery, --muck made out of filthy water and human remains. Skulls bob in
    the goop. The Priests have gathered in a circle. Their hooded, lifeless
    eyes seem dead to this world. Their bald heads rock back and forth as they
    CHANT, a quiet eerie HUM. Heinous creatures. In the middle of the circle is
    a strange, twisted ALTAR.' Imhotep has unwrapped Anck-su-namun's gorgeous,
    lifeless body and placed her five sacred canopic jars around her.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Anck-su-namun's vital organs were
                   still fresh, so a human sacrifice would not
                   need be made

    As Imhotep begins to read from The Book of The Dead, a large SWIRLING HOLE
    starts to open in the detritus bog. Several Priests look over at it,
    frightened, then quickly look back down and resume CHANTING. A strange MIST
    wafts up out of the swirling hole and over to the jars, it passes through
    them and into Anck-su-namun's body. One of the jars SHUDDERS, the heart
    inside begins to BEAT. The CHANTING PRIESTS, SWIRLING HOLE, WAFTING MIST,
    BEATING HEART and IMHOTEP'S READINGS are reaching a crescendo.
    Anck-su-namun's EYES suddenly FLY OPEN.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Anck-su-namun soul had come back from
                   the dead! Now all that was needed, was to
                   return her organs to their rightful place
                   within her body.

    Imhotep lifts a sacrificial knife above Anck-su-namun's breast, about to
    plunge it down. The CHANTING, SWIRLING and BEATING heart CLIMAX. And that's
    when the Mumia BURST IN and storm through the startled Priests. The HEAD
    MUMIA SMASHES the jar with the beating heart. The MIST instantly sucks back
    out of Anck-su-namun's body and IMPLODES back into the swirling hole.
    Anck-su-namun's eyes close. Dying once again. Imhotep SCREAMS in rage. The
    Mumia grab him and his Priests.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   My Priests were condemned to be
                   mummified alive.

    INT. EMBALMF.RIS CHAMBER (necropolis re-vamp) - NIGHT

    Inside a TORCH-LIT CHAMBER, Imhotep is held by Anubis-headed EMBALMERS. He
    cringes at the flickering, impressionistic glimpses of his Priests being
    embalmed and mummified alive. The horrid-looking Embalmers, using knives,
    needles and thread, calmly perform their ghastly surgery on the SCREAMING
    Priests, who are going insane from the procedure.

    A red hot POKER is pulled out of a pit of burning coals.

    A Priest's head is wedged between two strong boards. His eyes widen in
    terror as an Embalmer moves to insert the red hot poker up his nose. But
    just before he does, WE QUICKLY CUT TO IMHOTEP'S FACE, horrified, as OFF
    CAMERA, the Priest SCREAMS.

    WE GO WIDE on the chamber. All twenty-one of Imhotep's Priests squirm
    inside their wrappings. Imhotep is forced to his knees. His arms are held
    back. His mouth is pried open.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   As for me, I was condemned to endure
                   the HOM-DAI. The worst of all ancient curses.
                   one so horrible, it had never before been
                   bestowed.

    Using a pair of tongs, an Embalmer slowly pulls Imhotep's TONGUE out of his
    mouth, then places a very sharp knife on top of it. WE-GO TIGHT on
    IMHOTEP'S EYES as his tongue is apparently cut out. The Embalmer flings
    Imhotep's tongue onto the floor. The Mumia's dogs attack and quickly eat
    it.

    Imhotep is WRAPPED AL M . Only his mouth, nostrils and fear-filled eyes are
    left free of the slimy bandages. Detritus muck boils inside a black
    cauldron. Embalmers scoop out the fetid muck and apply it to Imhotep's
    wrappings as he squirms. He's then laid in a wooden COFFIN inside a stone
    SARCOPHAGUS. An Embalmer with a BUCKET steps up and looks into the coffin.
    Imhotep's wild eyes stare back. The Embalmer empties the bucket over
    Imhotep's chest: dozens of SCARABS, disgusting dung beetles. They scurry
    across Imhotep's SCREAMING face. Some vanish into his tongue-less mouth
    and up his nostrils.

                                  INHOTEP

                   By eating the sacred scarabs, I would
                   be cursed to stay alive forever. And by
                   eating me, they were cursed just the same.

    The lid to the coffin is SLAMMED SHUT. Then, using a strange four-sided
    YCEY, the Head Mumia locks the coffin lid tight. The heavy sarcophagus lid
    is shoved into place and with a loud WHOOSH seals itself airtight. once
    again, the Head Mumia uses the strange key, locking the sarcophagus lid
    tight.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   I was to remain sealed inside my
                   sarcophagus, the undead for all of eternity.

    The blue-skinned, strangely tattooed man carefully collapses the sides of
    the key, --turning it into a little puzzle BOX.

                                  INHOTEP

                   They would never allow me to be
                   released. For I would arise a walking
                   disease, a plague upon mankind, an unholy
                   flesh-eater, with the strength of ages, power
                   over the sands, and the glory of
                   invincibility.

    Imhotep's sarcophagus is dropped into a DETRITUS PIT. The disgusting muck
    SPLASHES up, drools down it-s sides, and then is mysteriously sucked into
    It's seams, vanishing clean.

                                  INHOTEP

                   And if I could raise my beloved
                   Anck-su-namun from her place in hell,
                   together, we would be an unstoppable
                   infection upon this world. The Apocalypse.
                   The End

    Imhotep's horrifying tongue-less SCREANS can be heard coming from inside
    his sarcophagus as grave diggers shovel dirt onto it. THE MAIN TITLE IS
    SUPERIMPOSED ON THE SCREAM: THE MUMMY

    The heavily armed Mumia stand guard around Imhotep's grave. Looking down on
    the burial site is the huge statue of ANUBIS, the jackal-headed god of
    death. it stares at us. Then begins to DECAY before bur very eyes, aging
    4.159 years in only seconds. And then we find ourselves and the decrepit,
    half-buried statue of Anubis out in the middle of the desert.

    EXT. SAHARA - HAMANAPTRA RUINS (1925) - DAY

    Imhotep's horrifying SCREAMS become the SCREAMS of a TUAREG HORSEMAN.
    Racing across the desert with two thousand of his warrior brethren. Armed
    to the teeth. SUPERIMPOSED across the SCREEN are the WORDS: TEE SARKRA -
    1925

    A mile across the scorching desert TWO HUNDRED FRENCH FOREIGN LEGIONNAIRES
    scurry through the ruins, preparing for the onslaught. OUR HERO is up on
    the wall. His Kepi sits at a jaunty angle. Dashing and handsome. This is
    RICK O'CONNELL. He looks out at the massive SCREAMING horde galloping at
    him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I knew this was gonna be a lousy day.

    A doughy little Frenchman joins him as he makes his way across the top of
    the wall. This is BENI.

                                  BENI

                   Personally, I would like to surrender.
                   Why can we not just surrender?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Shut-up and gimme your bandolier,

    Beni pulls off his cartridge belt. Hands it to O'Connell.

                                  BENI

                   Then let's run away. Right now. while we
                   can still make it.

    O'Connell throws it on, crisscrossing his own bandolier.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Now gimme your revolver, you'll
                   never use it anyway.

    Beni pulls out his pistol and chucks it to O'Connell

                                  BENI

                   Then let's play dead, huh? Nobody ever
                   does that anymore

    O'Connell slides it into his belt, next to his own revolver

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Now go find me a big stick.

                                  BENI

                   in the desert? What for?

    O'Connell turns and goes nose-to-nose with him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   So I can tie it to your back, you
                   appear to be without a spine

    The horde of warriors THUNDERS forward. Now a half mile out. Scimitars
    RATTLING. O'Connell and Beni run through the ruins.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   How'd a guy like you end up in the
                   Legion anyways?

                                  BENI

                   I got caught robbing a synagogue. Lots
                   of good stuff in them holy places; churches,
                   temples, mosques, and who's guarding them?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Altar boys?

                                  BENI

                   Exactly! I speak seven languages,
                   including Hebrew, so my specialty was
                   synagogues. How about you? Kill somebody?

    Beni trips and accidentally tackles O'Connell to the ground. O'Connell
    gives him a nasty look.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   No, but I'm considering it.

    They get up and run out the gate and down the stone ramp

                                  BENI

                   What then? Robbery? Extortion?
                   Kidnapping!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   None of the above, thank you

                                  BENI

                   Then what the hell are you
                   doing here!?

    They both skid to a stop at the front line as they see the horde of
    warriors.-The SOUND of CHARGING HORSES is deafening. O'Connell gives Beni a
    big cheesy smile.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I was just looking for a good time.

    And that's when the cowardly Legionnaire Colonel suddenly panics, cuts and
    runs. O'Connell instantly stiffens.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Oh shit Steady!

    Gives the men around him courage. But onward comes the horde Hoofs pounding
    the sand. Several more Legionnaires take off.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   STEADY!

                        (to himself)

                   What the hell am I sayin'?

    The Tuaregs let loose with those horrifying oooo-loo-loog SCREAMS. More
    Legionnaires haul-ass. Beni is one of them.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   STEADY!!

                        (to himself)

                   What the hell am I doin'?

    The Tuaregs set their rifles and take aim. O'Connell steels himself, cocks
    and locks. The cartridge in his mouth suddenly snaps, he spits it into the
    sand. Another BEAT. And then--

                                  O'CONNELL

                   FIRE!

    The Legionnaires on the ground FIRE. The rifles report with a CRASH. The
    BLAST blows dozens of Tuaregs clean off their mounts. The prone
    Legionnaires quickly begin to reload.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   FIRE!

    The kneeling Legionnaires FIRE. More Tuaregs bite the sand. The remaining
    warriors OPEN FIRE. THUNDER and SMOKE rip the hot air. A third of the
    Legionnaires are killed instantly.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   FIRE!

    The remaining standing Legionnaires FIRE. Tuaregs spin off their mounts.
    Crash to the sand. And then the entire Tuareg force plows into the ruins
    and through the Legionnaires. O'Connell grabs the barrel of his rifle and
    starts CLUBBING riders off their steeds, fighting like a man possessed.

    Beni on the other hand, is bellycrawling across the sand, whimpering in
    full retreat as Legionnaires fall dead all around him. He crawls through
    the front gate.

    O'Connell throws his rifle down and goes for his guns. He cross-draws, gun
    in each hand, starts blowing riders off their mounts.

    Beni crawls faster, and then he spots an open TEMPLE DOORWAY amongst the
    rocks. He gets up and sprints for the door as the last of the Legionnaires
    are shot off their feet behind him. O'Connell's guns go empty.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Son-of-a-bitch.

    He turns and runs like hell, right through the front gate. Four Tuareg
    warriors on massive Arabians haul-ass after him. O'Connell hurdles a stone
    column, hits the ground running. He spots Beni inside the Temple doorway,
    trying to close the heavy sandstone door.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Hey! Beni! Wait up!

    Beni has no intention of waiting up, he pushes harder.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What are ya doing?! Wait up!

    O'Connell runs faster. Beni pushes harder. The four Horsemen LEAP the big
    column and CHARGE after him. HOOFS POUNDING.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Don't you close that door!

                   DON'T YOU CLOSE TRAT DOOR!

    Beni closes the door just as O'Connell reaches it. O'Connell SLAMS his body
    into the door. It doesn't budge

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I'm gonna get you for this!

    He turns and bolts off around the rocks. Running for his life, weaving
    through the ruins. The Arabians getting closer and closer. The POUNDING
    hoofs getting LOUDER and LOUDER. O'Connell finally spins around and faces
    his attackers. The four massive horses crash to a stop in front of him.
    The vicious Tuaregs raise their rifles to finish him off. O'Connell just
    stands there, exhausted and beaten, then he slowly lifts his right hand and
    gives them the bird.

    And that's when the horses go ape-shit. All four of them REAR UP. Two of
    the Riders are THROWN to the ground. The horses SCREECH and BELLOW and
    SNORT in fear, then buck like fury and haul-ass away as if the devil
    himself had scared them. The thrown Riders get up and race off after their
    mounts.

    O'Connell just stands there, stunned, then he lifts his right hand and
    checks out his middle finger. And then he feels the evil himself, and turns
    around. --The shattered, decrepit statue of Anubis stares back at him.

    Suddenly, the sand begins to shift under O'Connell's feet. He starts to
    back away, keeping his eyes on the transforming sand, it looks like huge
    snakes are wiggling and writhing beneath it, forming lines and shapes,
    --drawing a picture. O'Connell quickly turns and runs off through the
    ruins. The sand stops moving, and we can now see that, drawn in the sand,
    is a picture of IMHOTEP'S SCREAMING FACE.

    EXT. RIDGE - DAY

    Up on a ridge, A GROUP OF RIDERS watch O'Connell stumble clear of the
    decrepit city. O'Connell feels their presence and looks up. Very different
    from the Tuaregs, they have BLUE TINTED SKIN and faces covered in strange
    PUZZLE-TATTOOS. The Mumia. Still watching Imhotep's grave after all this
    time.

    The MUMIA LEADER is a huge, fierce Man in black robes, with dual scimitars
    across his waist. His face is both handsome and horrible, blue and
    tattooed. Meet ARDETH BAY. His dark eyes watch O'Connell stagger off into
    the open desert ........

    EXT. CAIRO - DAY

    Cairo, a city so old the stars have actually changed their positions in the
    sky since it's birth. A city teeming with every form of life. A strange,
    mysterious, wonderful city. WE SUPERIMPOSE it's name across the SCREEN:
    CAIRO

    INT. CAIRO MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES - DAY

    Deep in the bowels of the museum lie the STACKS. Rows upon rows of towering
    bookshelves. Filled with literature on the Antiquities. Standing at the top
    of a tall ladder between two of these rows and leaning against one of the
    bookshelves,  is a  rather uninteresting British  GIRL: eye-glasses,
    hair-in-a-bun, long boring dress, your typical prudish nightmare. This is
    EVELYN CARNARVON. We're going to fall in love with her.

    Evelyn pulls a book out from a stack under her arm, blows the dust off it,
    then places it on a shelf with other books whose titles all begin with the
    letter "O". Then she grabs another book out from under her arm and reads
    the title.

                                  EVELYN

                   Tuthmosis? .... Now how did you get up here?

    Carefully, so as not to lose her balance, she looks over her shoulder to
    the bookshelf behind her, where all the titles begin with the letter 'TO.
    Then she looks down. It's a long way to the bottom. Evelyn gently sets the
    other books down on the top shelf, then turns and gingerly starts to reach
    across the aisle with the Tuthmosis book. It's a little too far, so she
    stretches, reaching, holding the top of the ladder with
    her fingertips, she's almost got it, closer now closer.

    And that's when the ladder pulls away from the shelf. Evelyn YELPS, flings
    the Tuthmosis book and grabs the top of the ladder, which stands straight
    up. Evelyn holds her breath, swaying precariously, a long BEAT, and then
    she loses her balance, the ladder swings around and Evelyn starts
    stiltwalking down the aisle.

                                  EVELYN

                   OHEIUGM! ! AHHHHHH!

    The ladder crosses the aisle, does an about face and heads back the way it
    came. Evelyn clings to the top, struggling for balance. The ladder teeters
    out into the main aisle and picks up speed. Evelyn SCREAMS as it does a
    180, spins into another aisle and finally crashes to a stop at the top of a
    bookshelf. Evelyn holds her breath, then SIGHS HEAVILY.

    And that's when the bookshelf falls away from her and CRASHES into the next
    bookshelf. Evelyn slides down the ladder and plops to the floor. She looks
    up just as the domino effect kicks-in: each bookshelf crashing into the
    next. And onward it goes. Bookshelf after bookshelf. Thousands of volumes
    flinging off shelves and scattering across the floor. It finally ends as
    the last shelf CRASHES into a wall. Evelyn's eyes are closed. She opens one
    eye. Looks left. Then right. Then opens the other eye and stares at the
    huge mess.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oops.

    The Egyptian CURATOR storms in.

                                  CURATOR

                   Look at this! Sons of the Messiah! Give
                   me frogs, flies, locusts, Anything but this!
                   Compared to you, the other plagues were a joy!

    Evelyn quickly gets up and starts gathering books.

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm sorry, it was an accident.

                                  CURATOR

                   When Ramesses destroyed Syria, it was an
                   accident. You are a catastrophe!  Why do I
                   put up with you?

    Evelyn turns to him, trying to contain herself.

                                  EVELYN

                   You put up with me, because I can read and
                   write ancient Egyptian, decipher hieroglyphs
                   and hieratic, and I'm the only person within a
                   thousand miles who knows how to properly code
                   and catalogue this library.

                                  CURATOR

                   Who needs smart women? I put up with you because
                   your mother and father were our finest patrons,
                   Allah rest their souls. Now straighten up this
                   mess!

    The Curator storms out. Evelyn just stands there, steaming. And then she
    hears a NOISE and quickly turns around. A BEAT.

                                  EVELYN

                   Hello?

    Quiet. Eerie. And then she hears it again, like feet, slowly shuffling
    across the floor, coming from a nearby gallery.

                                  EVELYN

                   Abdul? Mohammed? Bob?

    Evelyn walks through the stacks and enters--

    INT. THE RAMESSEUM

    Filled with treasures and plunder from the Middle Kingdom. it's very dark
    and quiet in here, the only LIGHT is from FLICKERING TORCHES at either end
    of the spooky gallery.

    The NOISE again! From the far side of the room. Feet, slowly shuffling,
    plodding across the floor. Evelyn grabs a torch. Looks around,-at a statue
    of Anubis, another of Horus, they stare down at Evelyn, who is starting to
    get scared now. She walks down the aisle. Past a closed sarcophagus. Past
    cases of ancient artifacts. Past another sarcophagus, --only this one is
    OPEN! Evelyn freezes, swallows hard, nervously looks around to see who
    could have opened it. Then she slowly leans forward with the torch, and
    peers inside.

    --A  hideous rotted MUMMY  sits up  and SCREECHES at  her! Evelyn
    SCREAMS, drops the torch and backs away, scared out of her wits. And then,
    coming from inside the sarcophagus, she hears a Man LAUGHING. Her eyes
    narrow as a foppish cad crawls out from behind the Mummy, laughing his ass
    off, half drunk.

                                  EVELYN

                   You... ! YOU... !

                                  JONATHAN

                   Drunkard? Fool? Rat-bastard? Please call
                   me something original.

    Meet JONATHAN CARNARVON. As he crawls out of the sarcophagus, Evelyn pulls
    a cigarette out of the mummy's mouth.

                                  EVELYN

                   Have you no respect for the dead?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Right now, I only wish to join them.

    He grins drunkenly.  Evelyn punches him hard in the chest.

                                  EVELYN

                   Well I wish you'd do it sooner rather than
                   later, before you ruin my
                   career the way you've ruined yours.

                                  JONATHAN

                   My dear, sweet, baby sister, I'll have you
                   know, that at this moment my career is on a high note.

    He BELCHES, then falls back and sits on the edge of a tomb.

                                  EVELYN

                   High note? Ha! For five years you've been
                   scrounging around Egypt, and what have you
                   to show for it? Nothing.

    Jonathan excitedly starts scrounging around in his jacket.

                                  JONATHAN

                   oh yes I do! I have something right here!

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh no, not another worthless trinket,
                   Jonathan, if I bring one more
                   piece of junk to the Curator to try
                   and sell for you.

    Jonathan pulls out a small, ancient BOX; the collapsed KEY to Imhotep's
    sarcophagus and coffin. Evelyn is instantly curious, she grabs the box out
    of his hand.

                                  EVELYN

                   Where did you get this?

    Jonathan  knows  her weaknesses,  gives  her  a mischievous  smile.

                                  JONATHAN

                   On a dig, down in Thebes

    Evelyn rolls the box around in her hands, mumbling to herself as she
    translates the hieratics and hieroglyphs covering it. Jonathan licks his
    lips in anticipation.

                                  JONATHAN

                   My whole life I've never found
                   anything, Evy Tell me I've
                   found something.

    Evelyn's fingers play with the various little slats on the box, shifting
    them this way and that way, it's like a puzzle box. Then suddenly, it
    UNFOLDS ITSELF, almost-mechanically, turning itself into the KEY. Sitting
    inside the open key/box is a folded piece of GOLDEN PAPYRUS. An ANCIENT
    MAP.

                                  EVELYN

                   Jonathan?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes?

                                  EVELYN

                   I think you found something.

    INT. CURATOR'S OFFICE - DAY

    The Curator sits at his desk, staring through a jeweler's eyepiece at the key/box.
    Evelyn hovers behind him, excited.

                                  EVELYN

                   See the cartouche there, it's the official
                   royal seal of Seti the First, I'm sure of it

                                  CURATOR

                   Perhaps

    Jonathan leans in from across the desk.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Two questions. Who the hell is Seti the First?
                   And was he rich?

                                  EVELYN

                   He was the last Pharaoh of the Old Kingdom,
                   said to be the wealthiest Pharaoh of them all.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Alright, good, that's good. I like this fellow,
                   like him very much.

    The Curator picks up the MAP. It's actually the exact same map that we
    established in the opening scenes of the movie.

                                  EVELYN

                   I've already dated it, this map
                   is almost four thousand years old.

                   And the hieratics over here....

                   (Inhales deeply)

                   It's Hamunaptra.

    The Curator freezes, suddenly very nervous, then he recovers

                                  CURATOR

                   My dear girl, don't be ridiculous,
                   we are scholars, not treasure
                   hunters. Hamunaptra is a myth.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Are we talking about the Hamunaptra?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes. The City of The Dead. Where the early
                   Pharaohs were said to have
                   hidden the wealth of Egypt.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Right, right, in a big underground treasure
                   chamber. Everybody knows the story. The entire
                   necropolis was rigged to sink into the sand. On
                   Pharaoh's command, a flick of the switch! And the
                   whole place could disappear beneath the dunes.

                                  EVELYN

                   All we know is that the city mysteriously
                   vanished around 2,134 B.C.

    The Curator holds the  map  closer to  the burning  CANDLE-LAMP.

                                  CURATOR

                   As the Americans would say: it's all fairy
                   tales and hokum.

    The map 'accidentally,' CATCHES ON FIRE. The Curator throws it to the
    floor. Jonathan drops to his knees and quickly puts it out. Lifts it up.
    The left third of the map is now missing.

                                  JONATHM

                   You burned it! You burned off the part with the lost city!

                                  CURATOR

                   It's for the best, I'm sure. Many men have
                   wasted their lives in the foolish pursuit of
                   Hamunaptra, no one has ever found it, most have
                   never returned.

                                  JONATHAN (devastated)

                             You killed my map.

                                  CURATOR

                   I'm sure it was a fake, anyway, I'm
                   surprised at you, Miss
                   Carnarvon, to be so fooled.

    The Curator reaches for the key/box. Evelyn quickly snatches it off the
    desk and gives him a very angry, suspicious look.

    EXT. CAIRO PRISON - GALLOWS COURTYARD - DAY

    Cairo prison. One of the worst hell holes on earth. Every low-life form of
    scumbag can be found here. The WARDEN, a first rate scumbag himself,
    escorts Evelyn and Jonathan across the gallows courtyard. Evelyn whispers
    to Jonathan.

                                  EVELYN

                   You told me you found it on a dig down in Thebes!

                                  JONATHAN

                   I was mistaken.

                                  EVELYN

                   lied to me!

                                  JONATHM

                   I lie to everybody, what makes you so special?

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm your sister.

                                  JONATHAN

                   That just makes you more gullible.

                                  EVELYN

                   You stole it from a drunk at the local Casbah?!

                                  JONATHAN

                   Picked his pocket, actually

    EXT. VISITORIS PEN - DAY

    The  Warden  ushers  Evelyn and  Jonathan  into  the holding  pen.

                                  EVELYN

                   and what is he in prison for?

                                  WARDEN

                   I did not know, so when I heard you were coming,
                   I asked him that myself.

                                  EVELYN

                   And what did he say?

                                  WARDEN

                   He said,....he was just looking for a good time.

    The interior cell door BURSTS OPEN. O'Connell is in chains, dragged by FOUR
    GUARDS, they shove him up to the cell bars. From the looks of it, he's been
    here awhile; his face is half hidden by long hair, a scraggly beard and
    many new bruises. Evelyn looks at him, disgusted by his appearance.

                                  EVELYN

                   But he's just a filthy criminal?

                                  JONATHAN (cringing)

                   Way to go, Evy.

    O'Connell gives Evelyn  the  once over,  then looks  at Jonathan.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   So who's the broad?

                                  EVELYN

                   Broad?!

                                  JONATHAN

                   She's my sister, actually.

                                  O'CONNELL

                  Yeah? Well, ....I'm sure she's
                  not a total loss.

    Evelyn is stunned and furious. The Warden heads out  the door.

                                  WARDEN

                   I'll be back in a moment.

                                  O'CONNELL (sarcastic)

                   I tremble with anticipation.

    A Guard CLUBS O'Connell across the head, O'Connell's face bounces off the
    metal bars. He shows no pain, but just looks back and gives the Guard a
    nasty look. Evelyn steps closer.

                                  EVELYN

                   We uh,...found .... your puzzle box,
                   and we've come to ask you about it.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   No.

                                  EVELYN

                   No?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   No. ...You came to ask me about
                   Hamunaptra.

    Evelyn and Jonathan quickly look around, hoping the guards didn't hear him.
    They step closer. Evelyn plays coy.

                                  EVELYN

                   How do you know the box pertains
                   to Hamunaptra?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Because that's where I found it.
                   I was there.

    Evelyn is dumbstruck. But Jonathan looks suspicious

                                  JONATHAN

                   How do we know that's not a
                   load of pig swallow?

    O'Connell  looks  closer  at  Jonathan,  a  glint  of  recognition.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Hey,....don't I know you?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Um, well, you see....

    O'Connell's FIST comes flying through the bars, hits Jonathan square in the
    jaw, DECKS HIM. He hits the floor. Out cold. A Guard CLUBS O'Connell. His
    head bounces off the bars again. He shows no pain, but gives the Guard
    another nasty look. Evelyn looks down at her brother, then back at
    O'Connell.

                                  EVELYN

                   You were actually at Hamunaptra?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I just decked your brother

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, well, (shrugs) I know my brother.

    O'Connell  almost smiles. There's a bit of spark to this girl.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, I was there.

                                  EVELYN

                   You swear?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Every damn day

                                  EVELYN

                   No, I mean--

                                  O'CONNELL

                   --I know what you mean. I was
                   there, alright. Seti's place.
                   The City Of The Dead.

                                  EVELYN

                   What did you find? What did you see?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I found sand. I saw death.

    The warden enters.  Evelyn quickly leans closer to O'Connell.

                                  EVELYN

                   Could you tell me how to get
                   there? The exact location?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Want to know?

    Evelyn leans in even closer

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Really want to know?

    She leans her face right up to the bars, nervous  and excited

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes.

    O'Connell steps forward and KISSES her full on the lips.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Then get me the hell outta here

    Evelyn is stunned. A Guard CLUBS him, his face bounces off the bars again,
    but before he can react the Guards GRAB him, YANK him away from the bars
    and DRAG him out of the room.

                                  EVELYN

                   Where are they taking him?

                                  WARDEN

                   To be hanged.

    Evelyn is shocked. The warden shows-off his green teeth

                                  WARDEN

                   Apparently, he had a very good time,

    EXT. GALLOWS COURTYARD - DAY

    Hundreds of filthy PRISONERS stare down onto the gallows as the hangman's
    noose is draped over O'Connell's head and cinched tight around his neck.
    Evelyn follows the warden onto a balcony above the gallows. The prisoners
    all go dead quiet at the sight of her; like jackals staring at fresh meat.

                                  WARDEN

                   No women allowed.

                                  EVELYN

                   I am an English woman.

    This seems to confuse the Warden, he shrugs and sits down.

    O'Connell looks up as Evelyn plops down beside the Warden

                                  EVELYN

                   I will give you one hundred
                   pounds to spare his life.

                                  WARDEN

                   I would pay one hundred pounds
                   just to see him hang.

                                  EVELYN

                   Two hundred pounds.

                                  WARDEN

                   Proceed!

                                  EVELYN

                   Three hundred pounds!

    O'Connell can hear every word, he looks hopeful. Other than
    Evelyn, you could hear a pin drop. The HANGMAN turns to him

                                  HANGMAN

                   Any last requests, pig?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, I'd like ya to let me go

    The Hangman grabs the lever to the trapdoor.

                                  EVELYN

                   FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS!

    The Warden sets his greasy, lecherous hand on Evelyn's leg.

                                  WARDEN

                   And what else?

    Evelyn is revolted, she quickly shoves his hand away.

    -Insulted, the Warden angrily turns and gestures to the
    Hangman, who pulls the lever. The trapdoor DROPS AWAY.

                                  EVELYN

                   NOOO!


    O'Connell DROPS through the hole. The rope pays-out. Then
    JERKS TAUGHT. O'Connell's body SNAPS at the end of the rope.
    But he's still alive, because--

                                  WARDEN

                   His neck did not break! Good!

    Now we watch him strangle to death.

    The prisoners go ape-shit, SCREAMING and SHOUTING in anger.
    The GUARDS look around, nervous. O'Connell struggles at the
    end of the rope, gagging. Evelyn is horrified, she quickly
    turns to the warden, leans forward and whispers in his ear.

                                  EVELYN

                   He knows the location to Hamunaptra.

    The warden spins around and faces her

                                  WARDEN

                   You lie.

                                  EVELYN

                   I would never!

    At the end of the rope, O'Connell is choking and gagging and
    turning several shades of red. The Warden stares at Evelyn.

                                  WARDEN

                   Are you saying this filthy godless
                   son of a pig knows where to find
                   The City Of The Dead? Truly?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes and if you cut him down,
                   we will give you ten percent.

                                  WARDEN

                   Fifty percent.

                                  EVELYN

                   Twenty.

                                  WARDEN

                   Forty.

    Evelyn hesitates, bites her lip. O'Connell's eyes bulge as he
    looks up at her, he can't believe this girl.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Give .... give him .... give him GLAAAA--!

                                  EVELYN

                   Twenty-five percent, and not
                   one single farthing more.


    The warden flashes a big green smile, then YELLS in Arabic

    A scimitar SLASHES the air. The rope is CUT. O'Connell
    CRASHES to the ground. Half dead. Rolls over. GAGGING.

    All of the prisoners BURST INTO CHEERS. O'Connell looks
    up at Evelyn. She smiles broadly and waves down at him.

    CURATOR'S OFFICE - NIGHT

    CANDLE LIGHT FLICKERS across the Curator's face.

                                  CURATOR

                   She must die

    Standing in the shadows across from his desk are THREE MUMIA:
    blue tinted skin, hideous facial tattoos, --the works. One of
    the Mumia has a rusty metal HOOK for a hand. He shrugs.

                                  HOOK

                   She is like all the others.
                   She will die in the desert.

                                  CURATOR

                   No! She has seen too much. She
                   knows too much.

    The Curator leans across his desk, fear in his eyes.

                                  CURATOR

                   Not only does she have a map,
                   but she has the key.

    Spooks the hell out of the Mumia guys.

                                  HOOK

                   The key!? She has the lost key!?

                                  CURATOR

                   Yes. No one has ever had so much,
                   been so close. We must stop her,
                   or it will be the end of us all.

                                  HOOK

                   Then we will kill her, we will
                   kill her and all those with her.

                                  CURATOR

                   And burn the map and retrieve the key.

                                  HOOK

                   It will be done. But what of
                   the American expedition? They
                   leave tomorrow as well.



                                  CURATOR

                   Forget the bumbling Americans,
                   they will be like all the others.
                   without the map to guide them, how
                   can they possibly find Hamunaptra?

    EXT. GIZA PORT - DAY

    SMASH CUT TO: our old traitorous friend BENI,

                                  BENI

                   It is three days down the Nile,
                   then two days by camel, sahibs.

    WE CRANE BACK: to reveal Beni standing on the bow of a
    PASSENGER BARGE. Surrounded by DANIELS, HENDERSON and BURNS,

                                  DANIELS

                   For all the money we're paying
                   you, something better god-damned
                   well be under that sand.

    WE KEEP CRANING BACK: as Henderson slaps Daniels on the back.

                                  HENDERSON

                   "Hamunaptra," Daniels, that's
                   all ya gotta keep sayin, to
                   yourself, "Hamunaptra."

    Now we see all of GIZA PORT: Team of explorers swarm the
    docks. Across the Nile, the PYRAMIDS spike the sky. Evelyn
    and Jonathan walk along the boardwalk besieged by HAWKERS
    selling everything from toy tombs to King Tut action figures.

                                  EVELYN

                   Do you really think he'll show up?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Undoubtedly, I know the breed,
                   he may be a cowboy, but his
                   word is his word.

                                  EVELYN

                   Personally, I think he's filthy,
                   rude and a complete scoundrel.
                   I don't like him one bit.

                                  O'CONNELL (o.s.)

                   Anyone I know?

    They both turn. O'Connell walks up; shaved, showered, spit
    and polished, with a new haircut and clothes. He looks more
    dashing and handsome than ever. Evelyn is suitably impressed.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh .... um,...hello.

    Jonathan grabs O'Connell's arm and shakes his hand.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Smashing day for the start of
                   an adventure, eh, O'Connell?

    O'Connell quickly checks his pockets.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, sure, smashing.

    He finds his wallet and relaxes. DIRECTLY ABOVE HIM: on the
    bow of the barge, Burns wipes his bifocals and turns to Beni.

                                  BURNS

                   You're sure Hamunaptra is out there?

                                  BENI

                   Along with the scorched bones
                   of my entire garrison, sahib.

    And that's when Beni spots O'Connell. Beni shakes his head,
    as if seeing a mirage, then starts backing away from the men.

                                  BENI

                   A thousand pardons, my good sahibs
                   but there is much work to be done.

    Beni quickly scurries off, vanishing down into the hold.

    BACK DOWN WITH: Evelyn, recovering, she clears her throat.

                                  EVELYN

                   Mister O'Connell, can you look
                   me in the eye, and guarantee me
                   this is not some sort of flimflam?
                   Because if it is, I'm warning you--

    --O'Connell steps up close to Evelyn, invading her space
    looks her straight in the eye. Evelyn doesn't back away.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   All I can tell you, miss, is that my
                   Colonel found that map in an ancient
                   fortress, and the whole damn garrison
                   believed in it so much, that without
                   orders, we marched halfway across
                   Libya and into Egypt to find that city.
                   Like I told ya, all I saw was sand.
                   Everybody else was wiped-out by
                   Tuareg warriors. I'll take your bags.



    O'Connell takes her bags and heads up the gangplank and onto

    THE SAME PASSENGER BARGE THAT BENI AND THE AMERICANS ARE ON.

    Evelyn's eyes follow him, a bit wistfully. Jonathan sees it.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, yes, you're right, filthy,
                   rude, a complete scoundrel,
                   nothing to like there at all.

    Evelyn gives him a look. Jonathan just grins. And that's when
    the warden suddenly brushes past, tipping his raggedy hat.

                                  WARDEN

                   A bright good morning to all.

                                  EVELYN

                   What are you doing here?

                                  WARDEN

                   I have come to protect my
                   investment, thank you very much.

    And up the plank he goes. Evelyn and Jonathan share a look.

    WE GO WIDE AGAIN: as the barge pulls out and heads down the
    Nile. WE TILT UP: to the SUN, which then DISSOLVES into--

    EXT. RIVER NILE - NIGHT

    --The MOON, shining down on the desert. The THREE VICIOUS
    MUMIA quietly glide a narrow skiff out onto the river. The
    one with the hook sits in the middle of the skiff, the other
    two row, heading for the PASSENGER BARGE coming their way.

    EXT. THE BAR AT THE BOW - NIGHT

    Jonathan and the three Americans are playing poker. O'Connell
    comes out a door carrying a GUNNY-SACK.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Sit down, O'Connell, sit down,
                   we could use another good player.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I only gamble with my life,
                   never my money.

                                  DANIELS

                   Never? What if I were to wager
                   five hundred dollars says we
                   get to Hamunaptra before you?

    O'Connell returns Daniel's cocky look.


                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yer on.

    Burns slips on his dirty bifocals.

                                  BURNS

                   What makes you so confident, sir?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What makes you?

    Henderson spits a wad of chew into a spittoon.

                                  HENDERSON

                   We got us a man who's actually been there

    O'Connell's poker face drops, perplexed. Same with Jonathan

                                  JONATHAN

                   I say, what a coincidence, why--

    --O'Connell 'accidentally' hits him in the ribs with the
    gunny-sack, shutting him up. Jonathan quickly covers.

                                  JONATHAN

                   --whose deal is it? Is it my deal?
                   I thought I just dealt?

    EXT. BARGE - NIGHT

    Evelyn sits on a table, staring out over the passing river.
    The gunny-sack DROPS onto the table, startling her.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Sorry, didn't mean to scare ya

                                  ELVELYN

                   The only thing that scares me,
                   Mister O'Connell, are your manners,

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Still angry that I kissed ya, huh?

                                  EVELYN

                   If you call that a kiss.

    O'Connell reaches into the gunny-sack and starts pulling out
    revolvers, pistols, hunting knives, a massive elephant gun,
    and a half dozen carefully wrapped sticks of dynamite.

                                  EVELYN

                   Did I miss something? Are we
                   going into battle?



                                  O'CONNELL

                   The last time I was at that place
                   everybody I was with died.

    This takes the smile off Evelyn's face. O'Connell starts
    dismantling and cleaning the guns.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   There's something out there, you
                   know, something under that sand.

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, I'm hoping to find a certain
                   artifact, a book, actually, my
                   brother thinks there's treasure.

                   What do you think is out there?

    O'Connell looks into Evelyn's eyes.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Evil. The Tuaregs and the Bedouin
                   believe that Hamunaptra is cursed,
                   they call it, "the doorway to hell"

                                  EVELYN

                   Ahmar is Ossirion. "Passageway
                   to the underworld", actually.

    She gives him a know-it-all grin.

                                  EVELYN

                   I don't believe in fairy tales
                   and hokum, Mister 0'Connell, but
                   I do believe that one of the most
                   famous books in history is buried
                   out there, The Book Of The Living
                   It's what first interested me in
                   Egypt as a child. It's why I came
                   here, sort of a life's pursuit.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   And the fact that they say it's
                   made out of pure gold, makes no
                   nevermind to you, right?

    Evelyn is surprised by his knowledge.

                                  EVELYN

                   You know your history.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I know my treasure.-


    Evelyn gets up to go, then she hesitates, nervous, she turns
    back to O'Connell, and as matter-of-fact as possible says:

                                  EVELYN

                   By the way, ...why did you kiss me?

    O'Connell, cleaning his guns, just shrugs his shoulders

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I was about to be hanged, seemed
                   like a good idea at the time.

    Evelyn's eyes widen, furious, she turns and storms off.

    O'Connell looks up, watching her leave, a bit perplexed

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What? .... Wha'd I say?

    Then he hears someone SNICKERING under the table. He quickly
    reaches down, grabs that someone and lifts him up. It's Beni.

                                  BENI

                   My very good friend! What a surprise

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Why if it ain't my little buddy,
                   Beni. I outta kill you.

    O'Connell sticks a knife under Beni's throat. Beni swallows
    hard, then tries to weasel his way out with a big grin.

                                  BENI

                   You never were any good with
                   the ladies, O'Connell.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   So you're the one leading the
                   Americans, I shoulda figured.
                   So what's the scam? You get 'em

    out in the middle of the desert

    then leave 'em to rot?

                                  BENI

                   Unfortunately no, these Americans
                   are smart, they pay me only half
                   now, half when I get them back to
                   Cairo, so I must go all the way.

    O'Connell pulls the knife away. Beni relaxes, rubs his neck.

                                  BENI

                   You never believed in Hamunaptra,
                   O'Connell. Why are you going back?
                   The devil himself lives out there.


    They look as they hear Evelyn YELP. A single CAMEL in the
    HORSE PADDOCK takes another bite at her. She YELPS again and
    backs away. O'Connell grins as Evelyn flees down the deck.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   The girl saved my life, figured
                   it was the least I could do,
                   keep her out of trouble.

                                  BENI

                   You always did have more balls
                   than brains.

    O'Connell's eyes narrow at the insult, he looks back at Beni

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Let's make us even, shall we?

                                  BENI

                   Even?

    O'Connell grabs him and chucks him over the side of the
    barge. Beni SPLASHES into the river. O'Connell takes his
    gunny-sack and starts walking off down the deck.

                                  BENI(o.s)

                   O'Connell! I am going to kill
                   you for this!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Sounds familiar.

    And that's when he spots THREE SETS OF WET FOOTPRINTS, coming
    up over the railing from the river and heading down the deck.

    O'Connell quickly looks around, immediately on the alert.

    INT. EVELYN'S CABIN - NIGHT

    Evelyn, wearing a nightgown, stands in front of a mirror. She
    gives her head a good shake, letting her hair fall loose over
    her bare shoulders. Then she turns around, RIGHT
    THERE IS ONE OF THE HIDEOUS MUMIA! It's Hook. He slams his
    hand over her mouth and lifts up his hook, ready to strike.

                                  HOOK

                   Where is the map?

    Evelyn's terrified eyes glance down. Hook looks over, sees
    the map lying next to a flickering candle on a nearby table,

                                  HOOK

                   And the key? Where is the key?

    Evelyn's eyes look confused. She shakes her head. Hook grins,

                                  HOOK

                   Then I'll find it myself,

    He cocks his hook, about to kill her. And that's when the
    door is KICKED OPEN. O'Connell BURSTS IN, gun in each hand.
    Hook spins Evelyn around and holds her out in front of him.
    O'Connell looks at her.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Friend of yours?

    Evelyn's eyes widen. And that's when the candle on the table
    FLICKERS. Everything happens at once, READ FAST: O'Connell
    spins around just as a window BURSTS OPEN. A Mumia leans in.
    FIRES A GUN. Woodchips BLAST OFF the wall next to O'Connell's
    head. He returns FIRE. Kills the Mumia. The Mumia falls back.

    FIRING BLINDLY.-A LANTERN in the room is BLASTED. Kerosene
    SPLASHES across the wall. BURSTS INTO FLAMES. Evelyn grabs
    the candle on the table and JAMS IT back over her shoulder,
    right into Hook's EYE. He SCREECHES in pain and lets her go.
    O'Connell grabs her and YANKS her out of the FLAMING ROOM.

    HALLWAY - NIGHT

    O'Connell pulls Evelyn down the hall, she tries to jerk free.

                                  EVELYN

                   The map! We need the map!

    He shoves her up against a wall.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Relax! I'm the map!
                   (taps his forehead)
                   It's all up here.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh that's comforting.

    O'Connell gives her a look, then pulls her forward

                                  O'CONNELL

                   C'mon, there's still one more of
                   those guys around here somewhere.

    EVELYN'S FLAMING ROOM - NIGHT

    Hot melted wax covers Hook's face as he holds his sore eye
    and struggles to the door. Then he notices the key/box on the
    floor. He bends over to pick it up. And that's when the door
    is KICKED OPEN again, it hits him in the ass and knocks him
    into the fire. Jonathan leans in. Sees nothing but flames.



                                  JONATHAN

                   EVY!!

    Then he sees the key/box on the floor and picks it up,
    A HAND suddenly snatches the key/box away from him.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Hey that's mine---

    it's Hook. His backside is now ON FIRE. He lifts his pistol.
    Jonathan quickly backpedals out the door as Hook OPENS FIRE.

    EXT. CAMEL PADDOCK - NIGHT

    O'Connell and Evelyn race out onto the deck near the horse
    paddock. People are SCREAMING and SHOUTING, lots of panic.
    BLAM! A chunk of the wall is BLOWN OFF next to Evelyn's head.
    O'Connell pivots and FIRES BACK. It's the last Mumia, on the
    other side of the paddock. He and O'Connell exchange GUNFIRE.

    Another LANTERN BURSTS INTO FLAMES. O'Connell SHOOTS OFF the
    paddock lock. The horses go nuts. O'Connell FIRES over their
    heads. They CHARGE FORWARD and CRASH through the door. The
    Mumia SCREAMS as the horses STAMPEDE over him. FLAMES sweep
    up the walls and race across the roof. Half the barge is now
    ON FIRE. O'Connell throws the gunny-sack over his shoulder.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Can you swim?

                                  EVELYN

                   well of course I can swim, if
                   the occasion calls for it.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Trust me,

    He picks her up and throws her over the side

                                  O'CONNELL

                   The occasion calls for it.

    Evelyn SPLASHES into the water. O'Connell dives in after her.

    EXT. BARGE BOW - NIGHT

    Jonathan runs out onto the bow, sees the three Americans,
    guns in every hand, fanning their pistols, SHOOTING
    everything in sight. Jonathan just shakes his head.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Americans.

    Hook suddenly stumbles up behind him, --now a FLAMING TORCH.
    Jonathan turns around, Hook grabs him by the throat with his
    FLAMING ARM and pins him to the cabin wall. Jonathan's eyes
    widen as he sees a hook rising up inside the FLAMES about to
    strike him. The Americans pivot and OPEN FIRE. Blow Hook over
    the railing. Jonathan turns to the Americans and smiles.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I say! Good show!

    Then he points his thumb at himself

                                  JONATHAN

                   And did I panic?

    He lifts up his other hand, --he has the key/box back.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I think not.

    And that's when the horses STAMPEDE onto the bow. Jonathan
    dives over one side, the three Americans dive over the other.

    NILE RIVERBANK - NIGHT

    O'Connell, Evelyn, Jonathan and the Warden wade out of the
    water. Evelyn's nightgown clings tight to her body as she
    wrings it out. She looks good. O'Connell notices. Everybody
    else, including the horses, is getting out on the far shore
    O'Connell spots Beni running up to the Americans.

                                  BENI

                   Hey O'Connell! Looks to me
                   like I got all the horses!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Hey Beni! Looks to me like your
                  on the wrong side of the river!

    Beni looks up at the stars, then angrily KICKS the sand
    CURSING. The FLAMING barge drifts off, slowly sinking ........

    BEDOUIN TRADING POST - DAY

    O'Connell barters in ARABIC with a CAMEL TRADER at a trading
    post. Jonathan forks over some cash. The Trader hands them
    the reins of four ugly old camels.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I can't believe the price of
                   these fleabags.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   We coulda had 'em for free, all
                   we had to do was give 'em your sister.


                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, awfully tempting, wasn't it?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Awfully.

    And that's when Evelyn steps out of a trading tent. She's
    changed into a gorgeous, tightly fitted, Bedouin dress.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Then again....

    SAHARA DESERT SAND DUNES - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn, Jonathan and the warden are on camels in
    the middle of the frying pan; the endless, sunbaked Sahara.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Never did like camels. Filthy
                   buggers. They smell, they bite,
                   they spit. Disgusting.

    The warden savagely attacks a chicken wing with his vile
    green teeth. Flies buzz around his head. He sucks at his
    gums, then spits out some gristle. O'Connell watches him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, disgusting.

    Evelyn is having the time of her life on top of her camel.

                                  EVELYN

                   Well I think they're cute.

    WE DO SEVERAL TIME DISSOLVES: showing the majesty of the
    desert, and our heroes getting deeper and deeper into it.

    FRYING PAN - NIGHT

    The MOON shines down an four lone camel rider's trekking
    across the vast wasteland.

    Jonathan is sound asleep, his head bobbing comically to
    the rhythm of his camel. on the camel next to him, the
    Warden SNORES LOUDLY. Up in front of them, Evelyn slowly
    starts to slide off her saddle. O'Connell reaches over and
    stops her, then gently pushes her back up onto her saddle,
    never waking her. For a long moment, his eyes watch Evelyn,
    and then he looks up at a distant ridge--

    --where Ardeth Bay and a group of MUMIA RIDERS are pacing them.



    EXT. GIANT SAND DUNE - ENDLESS HORIZON - DAY

    The dawning sun hasn't yet crested the distant horizon as
    Jonathan and the Warden ride alongside a giant sand dune.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And you snore!

                                  WARDEN

                   I do not snore!

                                  JONATHAN

                   All night you snored!

                                  WARDEN

                   I have never snored!

    Up in front of them, O'Connell looks at Evelyn.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   We're almost there.

                                  EVELYN

                   Are you sure?

    O'Connell looks down at the ground.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Pretty sure.

    The others look down and see DOZENS OF SKELETONS sticking out
    of the ground. Bleached and eaten away. Some of the skeletons
    look like they're trying to crawl up out of the desert floor.

                                  JONATHAN

                   what in bloody hell is this?

    The Warden shivers in fear.

                                  WARDEN

                   Other seekers of Hamunaptra.

    The American Expedition rides out from behind the far end of
    the dune. The Americans are accompanied by TWO DOZEN NATIVE
    DIGGERS and an Arab EGYPTOLOGIST. Beni rides lead on a camel,
    the rest ride horses.

                                  BENI

                   Good morning, my friend!

    O'Connell just nods. The two parties come to a stop a hundred
    feet apart. O'Connell turns and stares out across the endless
    horizon. Beni does likewise. The Americans look puzzled.

                                  DANIELS

                   Well, what the hell we doin'?

                                  BENI

                   Patience, my good sahib, patience.

    Henderson looks over at O'Connell.

                                  HENDERSON

                   First one to the city, O'Connell!
                   Five hundred! Cash bucks!

    O'Connell and Beni just stare out at the flat nothingness.
    Evelyn and Jonathan share a look. And then, the SUN starts to
    rise in the distance, breaking the flat horizon.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Get ready.

    Evelyn can feel the suspense and the majesty of the moment.

                                  EVELYN

                   For what?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   we're about to be shown the way.

    Far off to the right, a HUGE SHAPE begins to rise with the
    sun. A VOLCANO. O'Connell and Beni watch it, expressionless.
    Daniels, Henderson and Burns share a look, and then--

                                  DANIELS/HENDERSON/BURNS

                   HEYA!

    The Americans take off. Racing towards the rising volcano.

                                  DANIELS

                   SEE YA THERE, O'CONNELL!

    Evelyn and Jonathan give O'Connell anxious, sarcastic looks.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Ah, begging your pardon, but
                   shouldn't we be going?

                                  EVELYN

                   After all, you rode us night
                   and day to win that bet.

    O'Connell doesn't say a word, staring hard.
    Beni watches the Americans and spits into the sand.

                                  BENI

                   Fools


    And then suddenly, the volcano SHIFTS ACROSS THE HORIZON.
    Passing across the sun as it goes. --It's a MIRAGE.
    The Americans crash their horses to a stop and race the other
    way, after the volcano. Evelyn and Jonathan smile, amazed.
    The volcano SHIFTS AGAIN, floating across the watery horizon.
    The Americans crash to a stop again and chase after the
    volcano. All three of them confused and CURSING. O'Connell
    and Beni just stare, waiting. The volcano SHIFTS AGAIN. And
    the Americans crash to a stop again. Burns is THROWN from his
    horse. Henderson angrily rips his hat off and chucks it to
    the ground. Daniels just curses as they give up the chase.

    The volcano comes to a stop on the far left of the horizon.
    The Americans are on the far right. Nothing moves. A BEAT.
    And then O'Connell grins. So does Beni. They share a look.
    And then SWAT their camels and RACE AWAY. Everybody else
    hauls-ass after them. O'Connell and Beni are neck-and-neck.
    And then Evelyn comes galloping up, hair flying in the wind.
    Beni takes out his camel whip and starts WHIPPING O'Connell.
    Trying to knock him off his camel. once. CRACK! Twice. CRACK!
    But on the third try O'Connell grabs the whip and JERKS Beni
    off his camel. Beni SLAMS to the ground and TUMBLES.
    Evelyn and O'Connell race across the desert. Evelyn has never
    felt so alive. She LAUGHS. O'Connell grins; he likes this
    girl. Beni stumbles to his feet, then quickly dances out of
    the way as Jonathan and all the other riders stampede past
    him. Evelyn beats O'Connell to the stone ramp, racing hard.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Evelyn! Slow down!

    Evelyn ignores him as she races up the ramp towards the gate.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   SLOW DOWN, EVELYN! SLOW DOWN!
                   THERE'S A REALLY BIG--

    INT. HAMUNAPTRA - DAY

    --Evelyn goes ass-over-teacups through the air and crash lands
    in a sand dune. She sits up, stunned, sandy hair in her eyes.
    O'Connell stops at the edge of the ramp next to her camel.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Never mind.

    The Americans ride up and look in wonder at the ruins inside
    the volcano. O'Connell gives them a big, shit-eating grin.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You boys owe me five hundred dollars.



    ext. HAMUNAPTRA - DAY

    Under the guidance of the Egyptologist, the Diggers are busy
    hauling rock and dirt out of the Temple doorway. The three
    Americans are playing poker. Beni smokes a hookah and swats
    flies. Dozens of stray CAMELS roam the decrepit city; dusty
    backpacks and old saddlebags still slung over their humps.

                                  DANIELS

                   Where'd all these camels come from?

                                  BENI

                   They belong to the dead. They
                   will wait years for their
                   masters to return before leaving.

    EXT. OUR HEROES DIG - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn, Jonathan and the Warden are working next
    to a narrow CREVICE, which weaves it's way through the ruins.
    O'Connell ties a rope around a pillar and throws the rest of
    the coils into the crevice, about to rappel down. Jonathan
    bends over to have a look, his ass hits something, he YELPS
    and backs away. It's the decrepit FACE OF ANUBIS.

                                  JONATHAN

                   That thing gives me the creeps.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Be nice. That thing saved my life.

    Evelyn is positioning ancient MIRRORS along the crevice.

                                  EVELYN

                   That "thing" gets me excited

                                  O'CONNELL

                   (sarcastic)
                   The things that get you excited.

                                  EVELYN

                   According to Bembridge Scholars,
                   inside the statue of Anubis was
                   a secret compartment, perhaps
                   containing The Book Of The Living.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What are those mirrors for?

                                  EVELYN

                   Ancient Egyptian trick. You'll see.

    O'Connell shrugs, then rappels down into the crevice



    INT. EMBALMER'S CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell- waves a TORCH as Jonathan, Evelyn and the warden
    drop down next to him. Evelyn peers into the spooky darkness.

                                  EVELYN

                   Do you realize, we are standing
                   inside a room that no one has
                   entered in over four thousand years.

                                  WARDEN

                   Who cares? I don't see no treasure.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You're welcome to my share of
                   the spider webs.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And it stinks to high heaven in here.

    Evelyn just rolls her eyes.

                                  EVELYN

                   Cretins.

    Jonathan sniffs the foul air, then he looks at the warden and
    realizes where the smell is coming from. He stops sniffing.

    Evelyn brushes COBWEBS away from a METAL DISK on the wall,
    then repositions it on it's pedestal, aiming it at a RAY OF

    LIGHT shining in from the outer mirrors. --THE RAY OF LIGHT
    HITS THE DISK AND QUICKLY SHOOTS AROUND THE ROOM FROM ONE
    DISK TO ANOTHER UNTIL THE WHOLE CHAMBER IS LIT UP. LIGHT RAYS
    SHOOT OFF DOWN THE PASSAGEWAYS. It's the embalmer's chamber.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   That is a neat trick.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh my god, It's a preparation room.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Preparation for what?

                                  EVELYN

                   For entering the afterlife

    O'Connell quickly draws his gun. Jonathan gently nudges him,

                                  JONATHAN

                   Mummies, my good son, this is
                   where they made the mummies.

    Evelyn heads down a narrow passageway. The others follow.



    INT. LABYRINTH - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan crouch as they make their way
    through a narrow, COBWEB INFESTED LABYRINTH. The short, squat
    warden can stand straight up. Then they hear something and
    freeze. It sounds like somebody is clawing inside the walls.
    They share looks. Then slowly move forward. Getting darker
    and darker as they go. The strange sound getting louder and
    louder. And then it stops. Evelyn holds her breath. Jonathan
    licks his lips. O'Connell cocks his pistol. The warden FARTS.
    O'Connell, Jonathan and Evelyn glare at him.

    ANUBIS CHAMBER - DAY

    They slowly creep -out of the labyrinth and up to the foot of
    an enormous half-buried statue. The lower half of Anubis.
    Then they hear the sound again, coming closer now, from the
    other side of the statue. And closer. O'Connell pulls Evelyn
    behind him. And closer. O'Connell raises his gun. And CLOSER!

    O'Connell LEAPS OUT. --THREE HORRIBLE SWEATY FACES LUNGE AT
    HIM. O'Connell REACTS. But doesn't pull the trigger because
    it's just the Americans, their guns are up, cocked and aimed.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Ya scared the bejeezus out of
                   us, O'Connell.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Likewise.

    But nobody lowers their guns. Daniels grins, the tough one.

                                  DANIELS

                   This here is our statue,...friend.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Don't see your name on it,...pal

    And that's when Beni, five Diggers and the Egyptologist step
    out of the shadows, --all holding guns aimed at O'Connell.

                                  BENI

                   Ten to one, O'Connell, your
                   odds are no-so-good.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I've had worse

    Jonathan clenches a tiny derringer.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, me too,



    O'Connell gives him a sideways glance. Beni cocks his gun,
    grinning, he wants it to happen. The tension thickens. Then
    Evelyn gently takes O'Connell's gun hand and pulls it down.

                                  EVELYN

                   Let's be nice, children, if
                   we're going to play together,
                   we must learn to share.

    Evelyn pulls O'Connell away. Jonathan and the Warden follow.
    Beni and the Americans slowly lower their guns, laughing. The
    Egyptologist excitedly begins translating the hieroglyphs.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell and Jonathan are using sledge-hammers against the
    ceiling. Evelyn is gently chipping away with a tiny chisel.

                                  EVELYN

                   According to my calculations,
                   we should be right under the
                   statue. We'll come up right
                   between his legs.

    (she blushes and laughs)
                   Oh my.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And when those dirty Yanks go
                   to sleep--

    (looks at O'Connell)

                   No offense.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   None taken

                                  JONATHAN

                   --We'll sneak up and steal that
                   book right out from under them.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   And you're sure you can find the
                   secret compartment?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, if their Egyptologist hasn't
                   already found it.

    Jonathan looks around.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I say, what's our smelly little
                   friend got himself up to?



    INT. SCARAB CHAMBER - DAY

    The Warden crawls into a DARK CHAMBER and LIGHTS A TORCH.
    A mural wall comes alive. Embedded into it are dozens of
    black amethyst SCARABS; glittering images of the sacred
    beetles. Awestruck, the Warden pulls out a pocket knife and
    starts prying away at one of the precious bugs.

    INT. ANUBIS' CHAMBER - DAY

    Beni and the Americans hover around the Egyptologist, who's
    found the SECRET COMPARTMENT inside Anubis. The Egyptologist
    brushes sand away from the seam . Henderson steps forward and
    grabs the seam, --the Egyptologist quickly stops him.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   Seti was no fool.

    Henderson sees the intense look in the Egyptologist's eyes

                                  HENDERSON

                   Yeah, sure....

    He looks back at the native Diggers.

                                  HENDERSON

                   We'll let him open it.

    The Egyptologist nods, then YELLS IN EGYPTIAN at the Diggers.
    The Diggers hesitate, filled with fear. Daniels pulls out his gun,
    aims it at three of the Diggers. The three Diggers hesitantly step
    forward with crowbars and stick them into the seams. The other
    Diggers back away, scared shitless. Beni and the Americans
    exchange looks, and then they back away as well.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    Three Heroes are still digging into the ceiling

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Lemme get this straight, they
                   stuck a sharp, red hot poker up
                   your nose, cut your brain into
                   small pieces, then ripped it
                   all out through your nostrils?

                                  JONATHAN

                   OWCH! That's really got to hurt.

                                  EVELYN

                   It's called mummification.
                   You're dead when they do this


                                  JONATHAN

                   still....

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, that'd bring you back to life.

                                  EVELYN

                   You two are worse than a couple
                   of schoolboys.

    And that's when a huge chunk of the roof suddenly GIVES OUT.
    O'Connell GRABS Evelyn and JERKS her clear. Jonathan DIVES
    for the far wall. A MASSIVE STONE CASEMENT DROPS OUT OF THE
    CEILING AND CRASHES to the floor. DUST FLIES. Fills the room.

    INT. ANLIBIS CHAMBER -

    Having heard the crash, Beni and the Americans have their
    guns pointed at the floor. The Egyptologist could care less,
    he looks at the Diggers, gripping their crowbars, and YELLS--

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   FENI!

    The three Diggers PULL HARD. The ancient seams start to give,
    The Egyptologist YELLS again. The Diggers PULL HARDER. The
    compartment starts to loosen. Again he YELLS. The Diggers
    give one final pull and--

    --AN INTENSE BURST OF LIQUID SPRAYS OUT OF THE SEAM. HITS THE
    THREE DIGGERS. MELTS THEIR SKIN CLEAN OFF. They SCREAM. Dying
    horribly. HALF SKELETAL by the time they hit the ground ......

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    The dust is starting to clear. O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan
    slowly get up and step over to the massive stone casement.
    We immediately recognize it as IMHOTEPIS SARCOPHAGUS.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh my god, ...it looks like,
                   it looks like a sarcophagus.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Why would they bury somebody
                   in the ceiling?

                                  EVELYN

                   They didn't, they buried him
                   at the foot of Anubis. He was
                   either someone of great importance.
                   or he did something very naughty.



    INT. SCARAB CHAMBER - DAY

    The warden drops an amethyst-scarab into his pouch, then
    greedily-starts prying away at another. It rips off, he drops
    it into his pouch, --only he misses, and this scarab quietly
    falls to the sandy floor without the Warden noticing.

    CLOSE ON: the scarab on the floor. It begins to TRANSFORM.
    The amethyst starts to glow. Something inside starts to
    WIGGLE; as if the amethyst were some sort of strange cocoon.
    Then it splits open and a real live hideous SCARAB--BEETLE
    scurries out. It races over to the warden's shoe, quickly
    burrows into the leather and vanishes inside.

    The Warden's eyes FLY OPEN. He starts to SCREAM, drops his
    knife and frantically starts clawing away at his pant leg,
    higher and higher until he rips open his shirt revealing a

    large, hideous LUMP, BURROWING UNDER HIS SKIN. IT BURROWS
    IT'S WAY UP HIS FAT BELLY AND ACROSS HIS HAIRY CHEST. The
    Warden claws and scratches at it, trying to stop it. The lump
    BURROWS UP HIS NECK. The Warden starts GAGGING and COUGHING.
    And then the scarab-lump VANISHES INTO HIS HEAD.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    Our Heroes clear the dirt off the top of the sarcophagus,
    revealing a single, ominous hieroglyph. Evelyn stares at it
    Jonathan impatiently strums his fingers across the lid.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Well? .... Who is it?

    Evelyn stares at the hieroglyph, confused and concerned.

                                  EVELYN

                   'He that shall not be named.

    O'Connell dusts off the huge LOCK

                                  O'CONNELL

                   There's some sort of lock here.
                   You say these thing's are made
                   of granite with a steel interior?

                                  EVELYN

                   Quarried granite with a cobalt lining.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Whoever's in here, sure wasn't
                   getting out.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   No kiddin', without a key, it'll
                   take us a month to crack this thing,



                                  EVELYN

                   A key! That's it! That's what he
                   was talking about.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Who was talking about what?

    Evelyn starts rummaging through the pack on Jonathan's back.

                                  EVELYN

                   The man on the barge. The one
                   with the hook, he was looking
                   for a key.

    Evelyn pulls out the key/box. Jonathan tries to take it back,

                                  JONATHAN

                   Hey that's mine!

    Evelyn slaps his hand and quickly unfolds the box, --it's now
    shaped exactly like the LOCK'S KEYHOLE. Evelyn smiles. And
    that's when they hear the Warden's SCREAMS echoing through
    the labyrinth. All three of them turn and take-off running.

    INT. LABYRINTH - DAY

    The Warden is SCREAMING and dancing insanely around the
    labyrinth, totally freaked from the extreme pain in his head.
    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan run up just as the Warden
    starts RIPPING his own hair out of his head. O'Connell and
    Jonathan grab at the Warden's hands, but he's far too crazed,
    he shoves them aside, runs full bore down the length of the
    labyrinth and SLAMS his head straight into a rock wall. The
    Warden drops to the ground. Dead as lead. Eyes wide open.
    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan just stand there staring,
    breathing hard, wide-eyed themselves ..............

    EXT. BASE CAMP - NIGHT

    Evelyn and Jonathan are nuzzled up to a campfire.

                                  EVELYN

                   What do you suppose killed him?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Did you ever see him eat?

    O'Connell comes up over some rocks.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Seems the Americans had a little
                   misadventure of their own today,
                   three of their diggers were killed.

                                  EVELYN

                   How?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Salt acid. Pressurized salt acid.
                   Some sort of ancient booby-trap.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Maybe this place really is cursed

    A GUST OF WIND blows through the camp. The campfire FLICKERS
    O'Connell and Jonathan share a nervous look. Evelyn laughs.

                                  EVELYN

                   two!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   don't believe in curses, huh?

                                  EVELYN

                   No. I believe if I can see it
                   and I can touch it, then it's
                   real. That's what I believe.

    O'Connell cocks his rifle, KA-CHANK! Gives her a big grin.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I believe in being prepared.

    Jonathan opens the Warden's POUCH, the one that held the
    scarabs. He reaches in, starts scrounging around. WE SLOWLY
    PUSH IN. Waiting for the attack. THE MUSIC BUILDS. And then,
    --Jonathan SCREAMS in pain and RIPS his hand back out of the
    pouch. O'Connell and Evelyn both jump.

                                  O'CONNELL/EVELYN

                   WHAT?! WHAT IS IT?!

    Jonathan sucks his finger, then reaches back into the pouch
    and pulls out a LIQUOR BOTTLE, the top has been chipped off.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Seagrams!

    Jonathan smiles at the bottle, then turns the pouch inside-
    out and shakes it, nothing but SAND is inside it.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Well, he may have been a stinky
                   fellow,....but he had good taste

    Jonathan takes a swig. O'Connell and Evelyn laugh, guiltily

    And then O'Connell suddenly kneels down and sticks his ear to
    the sand. Evelyn and Jonathan watch him. A BEAT. And then a
    BARAGE OF GUNFIRE IS HEARD coming from the American camp.
    O'Connell jumps up and throws the elephant gun to Evelyn.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Stay here!

    He takes off running through the ruins. Evelyn immediately
    gets up and runs after him. Jonathan grabs a gun, holds the
    bottle of Seagrams; tight and dashes after her.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Evy! Excuse me! But didn't
                   the man just say--!

    EXT. AMERICAN CAMP - NIGHT

    The American camp is under siege. Two dozen MUMIA RIDERS
    gallop through. FIRING RIFLES. Several Diggers are killed as
    they run. The Americans leap out of their tents FIRING. Kill
    multiple Riders. Daniels is shot, spins and falls, keeps
    SHOOTING. Henderson and Burns run to his aid, BLASTING AWAY.
    O'Connell races through the ruins and SLAMS right into Beni,
    who is obviously trying to high-tail-it out of there.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Goin' somewhere?

                                  BENI

                   Just looking for you, O'Connell!
                   I wanted to be with my friend!

    O'Connell drags him back towards the American camp.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   C'mon, friend.

                                  BENI

                   (struggling)
                   Why do you like to fight so much?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   'Cause I look good doin, it.

    Ardeth Bay gallops through the camp, cutting Diggers down
    with his scimitar. O'Connell runs up on top of some rocks,
    LEAPS OUT and TACKLES him off his horse. The two men SLAM to
    the ground. O'Connell spins up onto one knee and FIRES, point
    blank. Blows the scimitar out of Ardeth Bay's hand. O'Connell
    is about to shoot again when a horse rides up between them.


    A scimitar swoops down, almost takes O'Connell's head off,
    misses him by an inch. O'Connell leaps up and blows the Rider
    off his mount. The horse BOLTS. --But Ardeth Bay is gone.

    Evelyn hides behind some rocks, watching the scene, suddenly,
    she hears something coming up behind her and spins around.

    A vicious tattooed Mumia Rider races at her. Evelyn quickly
    backpedals over the rocks, terrified. The Mumia Rider raises
    his scimitar, about to strike. Evelyn SCREAMS, trips over a
    rock and FIRES the elephant gun, --BLAM! Blows the Rider off
    his mount and CATAPULTS him twenty feet back into some ruins.

    At the same time, the kick blows Evelyn off her feet and over
    a ridge. She FLAILS through the air and lands in a sand dune.

    Jonathan and some - Diggers are holding their own near the
    temple door. Four Riders come CHARGING right at them.
    Jonathan takes a swig off the Seagrams.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Let 'em have it, boys!

    Jonathan and the Diggers OPEN FIRE. When the smoke clears,
    the Riders are either dead or gone. Jonathan grins.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I say, bloody good show.

    And then several more Mumia leap off the temple and land
    behind them. Jonathan and the remaining Diggers spin around
    and suddenly find themselves in hand-to-hand combat.
    O'Connell is quickly loading his pistol. He hears something
    THUNDERING UP behind him. He spins around just as Ardeth Bay
    on a horse swings his scimitar. O'Connell instinctively
    raises his hands to protect his face, the scimitar STRIKES!
    Hits his gun, --CHING! O'Connell's gun flips away. Disarmed,
    O'Connell dives and rolls and suddenly comes up with a stick
    of dynamite in his hand. He shoves the fuse into a fire. It
    IGNITES. He faces Ardeth Bay, towering above him. The two men
    lock eyes. The fuse continues to burn down. Ardeth Bay points
    his scimitar at O'Connell's head.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   LEAVE THIS PLACE! .... LEAVE THIS
                   PLACE OR DIE!

    Ardeth Bay GALLOPS OFF. The remaining Mumia Riders race after
    him, vanishing into the night. O'Connell watches them leave,
    then turns to the burning fuse, ....and blows it out. Evelyn
    staggers up, looking very shaken. O'Connell gently takes her
    and holds her close.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You alright?



    Evelyn looks up into his strong eyes. It's the first time
    he's shown genuine concern for her. And she likes it. He's
    also holding her a little too close. And she likes that too.

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, ...fine, ...thank you.

    Beni crawls out from under some pillars as Henderson and
    Burns help Daniels to his feet.

                                  DANIELS

                   See! That proves it! Old Seti's
                   fortune's gotta be under this sand!

                                  HENDERSON

                   For them to protect it like this,
                   you just know there's got to be
                   treasure down there.

    O'Connell looks up into the surrounding ridges, unsatisfied.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   These men are a desert people
                   they value water, not gold.

    Evelyn looks at O'Connell, suddenly very worried.

                                  EVELYN

                   Where's Jonathan?

    EXT. BASE CAMP - NIGHT

    Jonathan falls into FRAME. Hits the ground. Eyes wide open.
    Mouth agape. Clearly dead. A BEAT. And then his eyes close
    and his mouth widens into a goofy smile. Shit-faced drunk.
    O'Connell and Evelyn laugh, both half-in-the-bag themselves,
    the bottle of Seagrams is almost gone. O'Connell offers the
    bottle to Evelyn, she waves it away, slurring badly--

                                  EVELYN

                   Unlike my brother, sir, I know
                   when to say no.

    O'Connell polishes off the bottle and chucks it away.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Unlike your brother, Miss, you
                   I don't get. You're a whole new brew.

                                  EVELYN

                   I know, you're wondering, what's
                   a place like me doing in a girl
                   like this?



                                  O'CONNELL

                   Something like that.

                                  EVELYN

                   Egypt is in my blood. My father
                   was a famous explorer, he loved
                   Egypt so much that he married
                   an Egyptian my mother! who
                   was quite an adventurer herself

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay, I get your father, I get
                   your mother and I get your brother,
                   but what are you doing here?

    Evelyn is insulted, she staggers to her feet.

                                  EVELYN

                   I may not be an explorer, or an
                   adventurer, or a treasure hunter,
                   or a gunfighter! Mister O'Connell
                   But I'm proud of what I am.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   And what is that?

    Evelyn plops back down beside him, really drunk, she grins
    and proudly lifts her head high.

                                  EVELYN

                   ..... am a librarian!

    She leans in, very close to his face, looks him in the eyes,

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm going to kiss you, Mister
                   O'Connell.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   No you're not.

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm not?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Not unless you call me Rick

                                  EVELYN

                   Why would I do that?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Because that's my name.



    She gives him a goofy smile. He leans forward and KISSES HER.
    Evelyn's eyes slowly close. And then she passes out, slumping
    into his arms. O'Connell looks down at her, and just smiles.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    Evelyn's HAND slips the KEY into the sarcophagus, lock and
    turns it. A series of STRANGE MECHANICAL-LIKE SOUNDS are
    heard, and then the sarcophagus unlocks with a GIANT HISS.
    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan all look very, very hungover.

    They start to slide the heavy lid off the sarcophagus.
    PUSHING, SHOVING and GROANING, the lid budging, inch by inch.

                                  EVELYN

                   .I can't believe I allowed the
                   two of you to get me drunk.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Don't blame me, I don't even
                   remember being there.

                                  EVELYN

                   well neither do I, thank you.

    O'Connell gives her a hurt look.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You don't?

    Evelyn gives O'Connell a nervous look.

                                  EVELYN

                   No . .... Why? .... Should I?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Gee, yeah, you told me it was
                   the best time you ever had.

    O'Connell gives her a big cheesy smile. Evelyn's face drops,
    appalled and embarrassed. And that's when the lid FALLS OFF
    and LOUDLY CRASHES to the ground. All three of them instantly
    grab their sore heads and MOAN.

    INT. ANUBIS' CHAMBER - DAY

    Several fear-filled, sweaty-faced Diggers reach into the
    secret compartment. Henderson and Burns hold guns on them.
    Daniels has his arm in a sling. The Diggers slowly pull out
    the ORNATE CHEST. They set the chest down on the sandy floor.
    Beni watches as the Egyptologist translates the hieratics.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   There is a curse upon this chest.

                                  DANIELS

                   Curse My ass.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Yeah, who cares.

    The Egyptologist gives them the evil-eye

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   In these hallowed grounds, that
                   which was set forth in ancient
                   times, is as strong today, as
                   it was then.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Yeah, yeah, okay, what's it

    The Egyptologist slowly and carefully reads the inscription:

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   "Death will come on swift wings
                   to whomever opens this chest".

    A GUST OF WIND blows through the chamber. TORCHES FLICKER
    All-the Diggers suddenly turn tail and run off SCREAMING.
    The Americans look at each other, suddenly very nervous.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   It says, there is one, the undead,
                   who if brought back to life, is
                   bound by sacred law to consummate
                   this curse.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Yeah, well, let's just make sure
                   we don't bring anybody back from
                   the dead then, huh?
                   The three Americans laugh.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   He will kill all who open this
                   chest, ...and assimilate their
                   organs and fluids.

                                  DANIELS

                   Assimilate their organs and fluids?
                   Ya mean eat 'em?

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   And in so doing he will regenerate.
                   And no longer be the undead, but a
                   plague upon this earth.


    The WIND WHISTLES. Torches FLICKER. VERY SPOOKY. Beni and the
    Egyptologist share a fear-filled look. Henderson just shrugs.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Ah hell, let's open it anyways,

    INT. IMHOTEP'S CHAMBER - DAY

    WHAM! Imhotep's wooden coffin is DROPPED to the ground next
    to his stone sarcophagus. Evelyn is very excited.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh my god, love dreamed about
                   this ever since I was a little girl.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You dream about dead guys?

    Evelyn just gives him a look, then starts brushing dirt and
    cobwebs off the top of the coffin. Then she freezes.

                                  EVELYN

                   Look, all the sacred spells have
                   been chiseled off. The hieratics
                   and hieroglyphs that protect the
                   deceased on his journey into the
                   afterlife, they've been removed.
                   This man was cursed, ....doomed.

    O'Connell and Jonathan are too excited to care

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Tough break.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, I'm all tears, now let's
                   see who's inside, shall we?

    Evelyn can't believe these guys. Jonathan inserts the key/box
    into the coffin's lock. Turns it. The lid cracks open with a
    HISS. They all react to the FOUL STENCH. Then O'Connell grabs
    the lid. It's stuck. He pulls with all his might. Jonathan
    helps him. It starts to give way. Slowly. Slowly. Slooooowly.
    And then it suddenly POPS OPEN and THE MOST HIDEOUS, MAGGOT-
    INFESTED, ROTTEN CORPSE IMAGINABLE JUMPS UP!

                                  O'CONNELL/EVELYN/JONATHAN

                   AHHHHH!!!

    They all jump back. Scared to death. Imhotep is now the
    'Elephant Man' of corpses; twisted and deformed. The years
    have not been kind. He slumps back into his coffin.



    INT. ANUBIS'-CHAMBER - DAY

    Henderson and Daniels start to pry at the lid of the wooden
    chest.  Beni and the Egyptologist watch. In the background,
    Beni starts backing away, filled with fear, sweating buckets.

                                  BENI

                   The curse, ....beware the curse!

    turns and bolts from the chamber. Daniels spits.

                                  DANIELS

                   Stupid superstitious bastard.

    And that's when the seal breaks, --A BLACK VAPOR BLASTS OUT
    OF THE CHEST. Everybody vanishes into the strange cloud.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan slowly creep forward and
    carefully look back inside Imhotep's coffin, creeped-out

                                  O'CONNELL

                   is he supposed to look like that?

                                  EVELYN

                   No. I've never seen a mummy look
                   like this.  He's, he's still...

                                  JONATHAN

                   Juicy?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes. He's more than four thousand
                   years old and still decomposing.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   And look at this.

    O'Connell points at the inside of the COFFIN LID, where there
    are FINGERNAIL SCRATCHES and DRIED BLOOD all over the inside.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh my god, he was buried alive,

    This sends a chill through everyone. Evelyn leans in closer,

                                  EVELYN

                   And he left a message.

    WE PUSH IN on a grouping of hieratics WRITTEN IN BLOOD.

                                  EVELYN

                   It says: 'Death is only the beginning*



    Jonathan shivers. O'Connell looks around.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Where's my gun?

                                  JONATHAN

                   What are you going to do?
                   Shoot him?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   If he decides to wakes up, hell yes!

    INT. ANUBIS' CHAMBER - DAY

    The vapor is settling. The Americans have their guns aimed at
    the chest. The Egyptologist slowly steps up, reaches inside,
    and lifts out a heavy burlap bag. Everyone's eyes widen in
    excitement as he sticks his hand into the bag and slowly
    pulls out the black BOOK OF THE DEAD, the same book Imhotep
    used in his attempt to bring Anck-su-namun back to life.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   I have heard told of this book,
                   but I never truly believed it
                   existed. This, good gentlemen,
                   is a most priceless treasure.

    Henderson kicks the sandy floor in anger.

                                  HENDERSON

                   I wouldn't trade ya for a brass
                   spittoon!

                                  DANIELS

                   Yeah! It's supposed to be made
                   outta pure gold!

    Daniels kicks the chest. it breaks open, unfolding to reveal
    a lower compartment. Inside, are Anck-su-namun's FIVE JEWEL
    ENCRUSTED CANOPIC JARS (one is shattered and without jewels)

    EXT. BASE CAMP - NIGHT

    The two camps have now joined together. O'Connell and Beni
    are roasting chunks of hairy meat over a fire. Jonathan
    wrinkles his nose, disgusted by the smell.

                                  JONATHAN

                   What is this stuff? It smells
                   like our late friend, the warden.

    O'Connell and Beni both grin. Jonathan looks horrified.


                                  JONATHAN

                   You did not!? .... We're not!?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Rat gizzards. They smell bad
                   and taste worse, but that's the
                   best the desert has to offer.

    The gloating Americans sit down, fondling their jeweled jars.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Say O'Connell, whadaya think
                   these honey's'll fetch back home?

                                  BURNS

                   we hear you gentlemen found yerselves
                   a nice gooey mummy. Congratulations.

                                  DANIELS

                   Ya know if ya dry him out, you
                   can sell him for firewood.

    The Americans laugh. Evelyn walks up, sits down and drops a
    pile of big dusty BUG SKELETONS onto the ground.

                                  EVELYN

                   Scarabs, flesh eaters, I found
                   them inside our friend's coffin.
                   They can stay alive for years
                   living off the flesh of a corpse,
                   or in this case ........

    She shrugs, then looks at the roasting meat

                                  EVELYN

                   famished.

    O'Connell and Jonathan stare at the bug skeletons, disgusted.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Are you saying somebody threw
                   these things in with our guy,
                   and they slowly ate him alive?

                                  EVELYN

                   Very slowly.

                                  JONATHAN

                   He certainly was not a popular
                   fellow when they planted him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Must of got a little too frisky
                   with the Pharaoh's daughter.


                                  EVELYN

                   According to my readings, our
                   friend suffered the HOM-DAI, the
                   worst of all ancient Egyptian
                   curses, one reserved for only
                   the most evil blasphemers. In
                   all of my research, I've never
                   read of this curse actually
                   having been performed.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   That bad huh?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, they never used it because
                   they feared it so. it's written,
                   that if a victim of the HOM-DAI
                   should ever arise, he would bring
                   with him the ten plagues of Egypt.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   The ten plagues? ... You mean all
                   ten plagues.

                                  BENI

                   Like what that Moses guy did
                   to that Pharaoh guy?

                                  EVELYN

                   That's one way of putting it.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Let's see, there was frogs, flies,
                   locusts....

                                  BURNS

                   Hail and fire.

                                  HENDERSON

                   The sun turning black.

                                  DANIELS

                   Water turning to blood.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And my personal favorite: people
                   covered in boils and sores.

    All the men share nervous looks, really spooked. Evelyn just
    laughs at them, then pulls a meat stick out of the fire.

                                  EVELYN

                   Fried gizzard anyone?



    EXT. CAMP - LATER THAT NIGHT

    Having just freshened up for bed, Evelyn exits the temple and
    steps past the sleeping Diggers. She spots the Egyptologist,
    his jeweled canopic jar snug under one arm, the Book Of The
    Dead laying loose under the other. Evelyn stares at the Book,
    nervously biting her lip, then she sneaks over, carefully
    steals it, and quickly tip-toes away.

    Lying on some blankets by the campfire, O'Connell rolls over
    and sees Evelyn, sitting wide-eyed, staring at the Book.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You sure you outta be playin,
                   around with that?

                                  EVELYN

                   It's just a book, no harm ever
                   came from a book.

    Evelyn opens the cover. THE FIRE FLICKERS. She and O'Connell
    share a nervous look, then Evelyn shrugs and starts reading.

                                  EVELYN

                   Ahm kum Ra. Ahm kum Dei.

    Evelyn continues READING THE BOOK ALOUD IN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN.

    INT. IMHOTEPIS CHAMBER - NIGHT

    Evelyn's VOICE is OVERLAID as WE START WIDE on Imhotep's
    chamber and SLOWLY PUSH IN on his sarcophagus. WE PUSH IN
    over the lip of the coffin, then closer and closer towards
    Imhotep's rotten, twisted head, until his putrid face fills
    FRAME, --and then suddenly his crusty eyelids Pop OPEN!
    Revealing EMPTY SOCKETS. --BIG SCARY MUSIC STING.

    EXT. BASE CAMP - NIGHT

    The Egyptologist sits bolt upright. Quickly looks around,
    sees Evelyn reading the Book. He gets up and runs for her.

                                  EGYTOLOGIST

                   NO! NOOOO! YOU MUST NOT!

    He skids to a stop as a strange, piercing WHINE is heard,
    coming from out in the desert. O'Connell and the others all
    leap to their feet. The Americans run out of their tents.

    The SOUND gets LOUDER and CLOSER. And then from out of the
    darkness a HUGE WALL OF LOCUSTS SWIRLS into camp and envelops
    everyone. O'Connell grabs Evelyn, and with Jonathan at their
    side they race for the crevice, trying to fend off the horrid
    vermin as they go. Beni and the Americans run for the temple.



    The Egyptologist is covered in locusts. He stares at The Book
    Of The Dead, looking haunted.

                                  EGYPTOLOGIST

                   What have we done?

    The campfire is SUCKED UP INTO THE AIR

    INT. LABYRINTH CORRIDOR - NIGHT

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan race down the labyrinth,
    slapping at themselves and picking locusts out of their hair

                                  JONATHAN

                   Did you see that!? Grasshoppers!

    Billions of grasshoppers!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   That's one of the plagues, right?
                   The grasshopper plague!

                                  EVELYN

                   This is not a plague. It's
                   generational. Every so many
                   years the locusts of Egypt
                   have a population explosion
                   and they all take flight.

    Evelyn steps forward, something SQUISHES. O'Connell lowers
    his TORCH, --the entire floor is FILLED WITH SLIMY FROGS.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay, ....and what about frogs?

    INT. LABYRINTH PASSAGEWAY - NIGHT

    The Americans, Beni and the Diggers race into a passageway.
    Burns is knocked down, his bifocals skitter across the
    ground, they get CRUSHED in the stampede. Burns staggers to
    his feet, squinting. BLURRY FIGURES vanish into the darkness,

                                  BURNS

                   Daniels! Henderson!

    INT. LABYRINTH CORRIDOR - NIGHT

    The ground under O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan starts to
    SHAKE. Then suddenly, right in front of them, --HUNDREDS OF
    CHITTERING SCARAB-BEETLES BOIL UP OUT OF THE SAND. Start
    scurrying towards them. Evelyn SCREAMS. Jonathan SCREAMS.
    Even O'Connell almost screams. They turn around and haul-ass.


    INT. PASSAGEWAY - NIGHT

    Burns staggers down a passageway, squinting, his hands out in
    front of him, groping, trying not to bump into anything. Then
    ten feet in front of him, a dark, blurry FIGURE steps out.

                                  BURNS

                   Daniels? .... is that you?

    Burns half-blindly staggers forward. The Figure doesn't move.

                                  BURNS

                   Henderson?

    Burns TRIPS, stumbles forward, towards the Figure, his hands
    reach out and SINK INTO IMHOTEPIS PUTRID CHEST CAVITY. Burns
    jumps like a scalded cat, pulls his hands out and looks at
    them, --HIS HANDS ARE COVERED IN MOLTEN FLESH ROT. He starts
    to SCREAM. A SKELETAL HAND clamps over his mouth.

    LABYRINTH STAIRCASE - NIGHT

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan race up the staircase,
    just ahead of the mass of SCURRYING, CHITTERING SCARABS.

    O'Connell leaps out onto a pedestal. Jonathan jumps up next
    to him. Evelyn jumps up into a grotto on the other side of
    the narrow stairway. The horrible herd of vicious scarabs
    scurries between them, their ear-piercing CRITTERS send
    shivers up Evelyn's spine. She leans back. THE WALL MOVES.
    Evelyn falls backwards through an opening. O'Connell and
    Jonathan watch the scarabs vanish up the staircase. Then
    they look across the way. Evelyn is gone.

                                  JONATHAN

                   EVY!?

    SCARAB CHAMBER - NIGHT

    Evelyn sits up, shakes the sand out of her hair, fearfully
    looks around. It's almost PITCH BLACK. She gets up and feels
    her way along the dark walls. She rounds a corner. A shaft of
    MOONLIGHT filters in through a crack in the ceiling. A MAN
    stands in the middle of the room. Evelyn walks towards him.

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh thank goodness, you're one
                   of the Americans, aren't you?

    Just as she reaches him he turns around. It's Burns. BOTH OF
    HIS EYES ARE MISSING. He stares at her with vacant sockets.
    Evelyn SCREAMS in horror and backs away, hyperventilating,
    she bumps into something. She SCREAMS again and spins around
    It's Imhotep. With two fresh EYEBALLS in his sockets.


    Evelyn SCREAMS again and backs away into a wall. Her hair is
    down, her face is dirty and sweaty, her blouse is ripped, her
    dress is torn, she's never looked sexier. Imhotep SQUINTS.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Anck-su-namun?

    LABYRINTH STAIRCASE - NIGHT

    O'Connell is feeling his way around inside the grotto

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Damn-it! Must be a trap door
                   around here or somethin'.

    And then they heat MEN SCREAMING, and suddenly, Henderson,
    Daniels and one of the Diggers come running down the stairs.

                                  HENDERSON

                   RUN, YOU SONS-A-BITCHES! RUUUUN!

    O'Connell and Jonathan join them as they hear the herd of
    CHITTERING scarabs coming their way. The Digger suddenly
    trips and falls. O'Connell slows down, about to go back and
    help him. But it's too late. The Digger SCREAMS in horror as
    the herd of scarabs run over him, eating straight through
    him, leaving behind the Digger's half eaten skeleton. Daniels
    Henderson and Jonathan react in horror. O'Connell's already
    running, races right past them. The others turn and haul-ass.

    SCARAB CHAMBER - NIGHT

    Imhotep steps forward, --the sand around him seems to
    MAGNETIZE, swirling and dancing around his flaking skeletal
    legs. Evelyn starts backing away, horrified, looks at Burns

                                  EVELYN

                   Help me, ...please, ...help me.

    Burns opens his mouth, but can only GURGLE and MOAN because
    HIS TONGUE IS MISSING. Imhotep grabs him, throws him to the
    ground and sets his skeletal foot on Burns' chest, like a big
    game hunter standing on his kill. Imhotep then parts his
    fetid lips, --A FRESH TONGUE FLAPS BETWEEN HIS ROTTED TEETH.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Kadeesh pharos Anck-su-namun!

    Evelyn shivers in fear. Suddenly, O'Connell comes flying
    around the corner and runs right up to her.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Would you quit playin, around!
                   Let's get outta here already!



    O'Connell sees the look in her eyes and turns around, --at
    the sight of Imhotep, O'Connell jumps back in fright.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   WHOA!

    O'Connell and Evelyn start backing away down the wall.
    Imhotep glides sideways with them, like a tiger cornering his
    prey, the sand around him SWIRLS and DANCES. Burns starts to
    crawl away, whimpering as he goes. Imhotep suddenly stops and
    UNHINGES his skeletal jaw, his skinless mouth stretches to an
    inhuman size, and he lets out a horrific, primordial SHRIEK.

                                  IMHOTEP

                    ANCK-SU-NAMUUUUUN!!!!

    Evelyn SCREAMS. O'Connell shudders, then, embarrassed by his
    fear, he opens his own mouth and ROARS right back at him--

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Ahhhhhhhh!!

    Then BLASTS him with the elephant gun, --BLAM! Through the
    SMOKE AND FLAMMAGE we see Imhotep blown off his feet, his
    ribcage half torn away. O'Connell grabs Evelyn and runs.

    EXT. CREVICE - NIGHT

    SAND and WIND whip through the ruins as O'Connell and Evelyn
    stumble up out of the crevice and COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH TEN
    ARMED MUMIA. The Mumia quickly raise their guns. O'Connell
    and Evelyn quickly raise their hands. Jonathan, Henderson,
    Daniels and the Egyptologist are already on their knees,
    hands over their heads. Ardeth Bay steps forward.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   I told you to leave or die, you
                   refused, and now you may have killed
                   us all. For you have unleashed the
                   creature that we have feared for
                   more than four thousand years.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Relax, I got him.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   No mortal weapons can kill this
                   creature. He is not of this world.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Are we talkin, about the same
                   creature? The walking corpse?
                   Really big mouth? Really bad breath?



    INT. ANUBIS' CHAMBER - NIGHT

    Beni sloway backs up around Anubis, eyes wide, gun up. He
    turns around, --IMHOTEP IS RIGHT THERE! Beni SCREAMS, backs
    away and OPENS FIRE. Six GUNSHOTS perforate Imhotep, but have
    no effect except to SPLATTER molten flesh rot onto the back
    wall. Beni retreats into a corner, scared shitless. Imhotep
    moves forward, his one hand trying to stop the molten mummy
    guts from oozing out of the large shotgun hole in his side.
    Beni drops his gun and grabs at the CHAINS around his neck,
    'RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS AND ICONS dangle from each chain. Beni
    holds the first one up: A CHRISTIAN CRUCIFIX. He quickly
    makes the sign of-the cross and blesses himself in English:

                                  BENI

                   May the good Lord protect and watch
                   over me as a shepherd watches over
                   his flock. And may Satan in all his
                   forms be vanquished forever.

    It has no effect on Imhotep, who continues forward. Beni
    quickly grabs at the other symbols and icons, holding them
    out towards Imhotep, one after the other, trying to slow his
    progress: an Islamic Sword and Crescent Moon necklace; a
    Hindu Brahma medallion; a small Buddhist Bodhisattva statue.
    All while blessing himself in Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and
    Latin. Nothing works. Imhotep's skeletal hand reaches for
    Beni's throat. Tears run down Beni's cheeks he's so freaked.
    And that's when he holds up THE STAR OF DAVID and blesses
    himself in HEBREW. Imhotep stops in his tracks. His hand
    lowers. His grotesque new eyeballs stare at Beni.

                                  IMHOTEP (subtitled)

                  The language of the slaves.

    Looks at him quizzically. Imhotep takes a step back.

                                  IMHOTEP (in Hebrew - subtitled)

                   I may have use for you.  And
                   the rewards will be great.

    Imhotep reaches into his tattered robe, and then holds out
    his fetid hand, filled with squirming MAGGOTS. Beni cringes,
    about to throw up, but then the maggots part, --revealing a
    tiny pile of little JEWELS. Beni's eyes widen. Imhotep raises
    his other hand, it holds Anck-su-namun's BROKEN CANOPIC JAR.

                                  IMHOTEP (subtitled)

                   Where are the other sacred jars?



    EXT . CREVICE - NIGHT

    Several Mumia drag Burns up, he stares out with vacant
    sockets. Daniels and Henderson are especially horrified.

                                  DANIELS

                   You bastards!

                                  HENDERSON

                   What did you do to him!?

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   We saved him! Saved him before
                   the creature could finish his work
                   Now leave, all of you, quickly,
                   before he finishes you all.

                                  JONATHAN

                   You're not going to kill us?

    Evelyn ELBOWS Jonathan in the ribs.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   We must now hunt him down, and
                   try and find a way to kill him,
                   before he consumes the earth.
                   Allah be with us.

    Ardeth Bay and the Mumia start heading down into the crevice.
    O'Connell yells at them, trying to convince himself-

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I told ya, I already got him!

    Ardeth Bay stops and looks back, deadly serious.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Know this, the creature will be
                   coming for you. He must consummate
                   the curse. And until he does, he
                   will never eat, he will never sleep,
                   and he will never stop.

    Ardeth Bay turns and jumps down into the crevice,

    EXT. RUINS - NIGHT

    O'Connell and Jonathan boost Evelyn up onto a camel. Daniels
    and Henderson throw Burns up onto another. The Egyptologist,
    still clutching The Book Of The Dead, gets up on yet another.
    They all head off into the dark, windblown desert ..........


    And then in the extreme foreground, A SKELETAL HAND SUDDENLY
    PUNCHES UP OUT OF THE SAND, ACCOMPANIED BY THE MOST HORRIFIC,
    PRIMORDIAL SHRIEK IMAGINABLE---

    IMHOTEP

    ANCK-SU-NAMUUUUUN!!!!

    EXT. BRITISH FORT - CAIRO - DAY

    A British flag flies over BRITISH SOLDIERS manning the front
    gate. our tired, disheveled Heroes saunter up on their dusty
    camels. The Soldiers check their papers, then let them enter.

    INT. EVELYN'S QUARTERS - DAY

    A steamer trunk is slammed to the floor and thrown open.
    O'Connell chucks a load of DRESSES into the trunk.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I thought you didn't believe
                   in this stuff!?

    O'Connell heads for the closet. Evelyn UNPACKS the dresses

                                  EVELYN

                   Having an encounter with a four
                   thousand year old walking-talking
                   corpse tends to convert one.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Forget it, we're out the door
                   down the hall and gone.

                                  EVELYN

                   No, we are not,

    O'Connell throws a handful of her underthings into the trunk,

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Oh yes we are.

    O'Connell continues to PACK Evelyn's clothes as she continues
    to UNPACK them:

                                  EVELYN

                   No we are not. We woke him up,
                   and we must try and stop him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   We?! What we?! You didn't
                   read that book. I told you not
                   to play around with that thing.



                                  EVELYN

                   Alright then, Me, I, ...I read the
                   book, I woke him up and I intend
                   to stop him.

    O'Connell angrily stretches a bra between his hands.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   How!? You heard the man, no mortal
                   weapons can kill this guy.

    Evelyn grabs the bra and throws it into a drawer.

                                  EVELYN

                   Then we'll have to find some
                   immortal ones.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   There goes that alieff again. Not
                   me, I am outta here!

    O'Connell stuffs a pile of Evelyn's shoes into the trunk.
    Evelyn KICKS the lid shut, slamming it on his fingers.
    O'Connell YELPS and angrily storms around the room sucking
    his fingers as Evelyn follows him.

                                  EVELYN

                   According to that Book, once
                   this creature has been reborn,
                   his curse will spread, and as
                   he grows in strength, so will
                   his curse grow, infecting the
                   people until the whole of the
                   earth is destroyed.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah? So? Is that My problem?

                                  EVELYN (incredulous)

                   It's everybody's problem!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Look lady, I appreciate you
                   saving my life and all, but
                   when I signed on, I agreed to
                   take you out there and bring
                   you back, and I did, now were
                   even, end of job, end of story,
                   contract terminated.

                                  EVELYN

                   That's what I am to you? A contract?


                                  O'CONNELL

                   You can either tag along with me,
                   or you can stay here and play
                   around with Mister Maggot.

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm staying.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   FINE

    O'Connell storms out and SLAMS the door. A BEAT. Then the
    door opens and O'Connell's hand reaches back in and throws a
    handful of frilly panties to the floor. SLAM goes the door.

    EXT. BRITISH FORT COMPOUND - DAY

    O'Connell angrily strides through the compound. He sees Beni
    coming up the path with a MAN dressed in hooded robes, his
    face covered by an ornate death mask. Imhotep disguised.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Beni ya little stinkweed,
                   where did you slink off to?

                                  BENI

                   You left me! You left me in
                   the desert to rot.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Oh yeah, ....sorry bout that
                   (gestures to Imhotep)
                   So who's this guy?

                                  BENI

                   This is Prince Imhotep, High
                   Priest of Osiris.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Oh, hey, how ya doin'?

    O'Connell sticks out his hand, --Imhotep instantly recoils
    O'Connell gives him the once-over. Beni quickly covers.

                                  BENI

                   The Prince does not like to be
                   touched by other humans. A Silly
                   eastern superstition, I'm afraid.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Yeah, well, we all got our
                   little problems today don't we?


                                  BENI

                   He has come to help Mister Burns
                   Somehow I feel responsible.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Don't gimme that, you never had
                   any scruples.

                                  BENI

                   Do you know where I can steal some?
                   O'Connell fake-punches him. Beni flinches. O'Connell gives
                   Imhotep a look as he strides off.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   See ya around, Padre.

    Imhotep's grotesque new eyes glare out from behind the mask.

    INT. CASBAH - DAY

    The proverbial den-of-iniquity. Hard men, hard women and hard
    liquor. Lots of deals going down. An OLDER GUY with a walrus
    mustache is drunk and talking to some tough customers.  He
    wears British WWI fighter pilot gear. Meet WINSTON HAVLOCK.

                                  WINSTON

                   I'm the last of the Royal Force
                   still stationed here, you know?
                   All the other laddies died in the
                   air and were buried in the sand.

    The tough customers shove him away. Winston staggers over to
    O'Connell and Jonathan at the bar, not missing a beat.

                                  WINSTON

                   Ever since the end of the Great
                   War, there hasn't been a single
                   challenge worthy of a man like me.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I've heard it before, Winston,

    O'Connell shoves him away. Winston staggers back to Jonathan.

                                  WINSTON

                   I just wish I would've chucked
                   it with the other laddies,
                   gone down in a flame of glory,
                   instead of sitting around here,
                   rotting from boredom and booze!

    Jonathan shoves him towards another group of unlucky sods
    Henderson and Daniels sidle up to the bar next to them.


    Burns, now tongue-less, talks with a severe impediment

                                  BURNS

                   The drawer there, spectacles.
                    (tries to laugh)
                    As you see, I won't be needing them.

    Imhotep opens the drawer and pulls out some bifocals. He puts
    the bifocals on over his death mask, --and grins broadly, his
    rotted teeth showing through the mouth hole.

                                  BENI

                   Mister Burns, Prince Imhotep
                   thanks you for your spectacles,
                   - and for your eyes, ....and
                   for your tongue.

    The expression on Burns' face starts to change, very puzzled.

                                  BENI

                   But I am afraid more is needed,
                   the Prince says he must finish
                   the job, consummate the curse
                   which you and your friends have
                   brought down upon yourselves.

    A look of pure fear registers on Burns, face. Beni quickly
    backs away and runs out of the room. Imhotep picks up the
    sacred canopic jar, then removes the death mask, revealing
    his hideous, shattered CORPSE-SKULL.

    INT. CASBAH - DAY

    Three shot glasses clink together. O'Connell, Jonathan and
    Henderson slug 'em down, --all three of them instantly SPIT
    OUT the liquid. Half the bar SPITS OUT their drinks as well.

                                  HENDERSON

                   Sweet Jesus! That tasted just
                   like, ....like...

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Blood.

    They all look at each other, even more nervous.

                                  JONATHAN

                   "And the rivers and waters of
                   Egypt went red and were
                   as blood."

    A look passes over O'Connell's face, a realization.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   He's here

    He sudden1y jumps away from the bar and runs for the door.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Who's here!?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   The guy! The Priest! THE MUMMY!

    EXT. BRITISH FORT COMPOUND - DAY

    LIGHTNING FLASHES as O'Connell races across the compound,
    knocking several Soldiers out of his way, panic stricken.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Evelyn!! EVELYYYYNN!!!

    EXT. BRITISH FORT COURTYARD - DAY

    Evelyn calmly steps into a courtyard carrying a handful of
    books. A BLAST OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING scares her. She drops
    half the books. Then a HAND GRABS HER! She jumps again and
    drops the rest of the books. It's O'Connell, breathing hard.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   We got problems.

    And that's when a barrage of HAIL AND FIRE slams into the
    courtyard. O'Connell and Evelyn jump back. A water fountain
    bursts into STEAM. A wooden trellis catches FIRE. O'Connell
    and Evelyn run under the eaves as SOLDIERS, SERVANTS and
    CAMELS run in every direction, trying to avoid the maelstrom.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   He's here! I saw him! That thing
                   is here!

                                  EVELYN

                   The creature!? Are you sure!?

    O'Connell gives her an incredulous look and gestures at the
    HAIL and FIRE.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Pretty sure!

    The HAIL and FIRE come to a stop. Everything goes dead quiet.
    O'Connell and Evelyn freeze. And then a BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM
    is heard coming from the living quarters directly above them.
    O'Connell and Evelyn race up the stairs.



    INT. BURNS' QUARTERS - DAY

    O'Connell and Evelyn race into the room, past the Servant who
    is running out SCREAMING. They skid to a stop as they spot
    Burns, or what's left of him, lying dead on the floor, --HIS
    BODY IS SHRIVELLED TO HALF IT'S SIZE. Drained of all organs
    and liquids. O'Connell and Evelyn are shocked. Then they hear
    a LOUD MOAN and notice Imhotep standing on the far side of
    the room. O'Connell draws his gun.

    Imhotep is REGENERATING: A thick skin FORMS over powerful new
    musculature. His tendons RIPPLE. His bones BULGE and REFORM.
    His mouth opens to an inhuman size as he MOANS and CRYS OUT,
    in severe pain. And then it's over. And he looks like an
    incredibly muscular, corpse-like vision from hell. The
    'Terminator' Mummy. O'Connell and Evelyn are stunned.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   we are in serious trouble.

    Imhotep starts to move towards them, staring at Evelyn.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Back off, creep

    Imhotep keeps coming. O'Connell OPENS FIRE. BLASTING Imhotep
    Bullets RIP through his body. Imhotep doesn't seem to mind.

    Jonathan, Henderson and Daniels run into the room. They're
    all stunned at the sight of Imhotep.

    O'Connell steps forward, throws a RIGHT HOOK, punches Imhotep
    in the face, --HIS FIST GOES THROUGH IMHOTEPIS SKULL AND GETS
    STUCK DEEP INSIDE HIS HEAD. O'Connell stares at it, shocked,
    then quickly YANKS his fist back out. The area of Imhotep's
    face that came into contact with O'Connell's fist quickly
    DEGENERATES and DECAYS, right down to the bone, as if
    O'Connell's hand instantly infected it.

    Imhotep angrily turns, grabs O'Connell, and with no effort,
    THROWS him across the room and into Jonathan and the others
    knocking them down. Imhotep looks at his hand, the one that
    just grabbed O'Connell, --IT STARTS TO SHRIVEL and DECAY.
    He quickly turns to Evelyn. Evelyn backs away into a wall,
    terrorized. Imhotep steps up to her.

                                  IMHOTEP (subtitled)

                   You saved me from the undead.
                   For this, I shall make you immortal.

    He leans in, about to kiss her with his decayed face.

    And that's when a WHITE CAT jumps onto the piano, HISSING.
    Imhotep SHRIEKS. The balcony doors BLOW OPEN. Imhotep spins
    into a BLAST OF WIND AND SAND and SWIRLS out the doors. Gone.


    O'Connell, Evelyn, Jonathan and Daniels stand transfixed.
    Henderson kneels next to Burns, shriveled body, horrified.

                                  HENDERSON

                   The curse the curse

    INT. MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES - DAY

    O'Connell, Jonathan, Henderson and Daniels follow Evelyn
    across the Ramesseum.

                                  EVELYN

                   There's only one person I know
                   who can possibly give us some
                   answers.

    They round a corner and come upon the Curator, --who is
    talking with Ardeth Bay. Everybody stops.

                                  EVERYBODY

                   YOU!

    O'Connell and the American's quickly draw their guns.
    Ardeth Bay just scowls. The Curator nods his head.

                                  CURATOR

                   Miss Carnavon. Gentlemen.

                                  EVELYN

                   What is he doing here?

                                  CURATOR

                   Do you truly wish to know? or
                   would you prefer to just shoot us?

    Everybody tenses, guns up. Then O'Connell uncocks his .38.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I just saw my fist vanish into
                   some guy's head.

    He slides his gun back into his shoulder-holster.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I'm willin, to go on a little
                   faith, here.

                                  CURATOR

                   You will not believe it

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Try me.


    INT. RAMESSEUM - MOMENTS LATER

    Everyone is assembled around the tomb display of Seti The
    First.  We recognize his chariot and sword. The Curator sits
    on Seti's throne.

                                  CURATOR

                   We are part of an ancient secret
                   society, the cult-of-the-Mumia,
                   and we have a sacred mission,
                   passed down through thirty-nine
                   generations. For over four thousand
                   years we have guarded The City Of
                   The Dead. we are sworn at manhood
                   to , do any and all in our power to
                   stop the High Priest Imhotep from
                   being reborn into this world.

                                  ARDETH RAY

                   And because of you, we have failed.

                                  EVELYN (appalled)

                   And you think this justifies
                   killing innocent people!?

                                  CURATOR

                   To have stopped this creature? Yes!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay, let's cut to the chase. He's
                   afraid of cats, what's that about?

                                  CURATOR

                   According to the ancients, cat's
                   are the guardians at the gates of
                   the underworld. Imhotep will fear
                   them until he is fully regenerated,
                   and then he will fear nothing.

    Daniels is totally wigged-out, he looks at O'Connell.

                                  DANIELS

                   Right! And ya know how he gets
                   fully regenerated?! By killing
                   everybody who opened that chest
                   and sucking us dry! That's how!

                                  CURATOR

                   Yes, the creature must first try
                   and regenerate, and then he will
                   attempt to resurrect the one he
                   has loved for more than four
                   thousand years.

                                  EVELYN

                   Anck-su-namun.

    The Curator and Ardeth Bay look at Evelyn, thunderstruck.

                                  EVELYN

                   In the necropolis, when I saw him,
                   alive, ...walking, he called me
                   Anck-su-namun. And then in Mister
                   Burns' quarters he tried to kiss me.

                                  CURATOR

                   It is because it was you who read
                   from the Book. He has chosen you to
                   be-the human sacrifice needed to
                   regenerate the body of Anck-su-namun.

    Jonathan scratches his ear with the barrel of his pistol.

                                  JONATHAN

                   This is not good. Not good at all

    Ardeth Bay has been staring out a wall of windows.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Tonight is the full moon. The moon
                   of Osiris. It will begin tonight.

    Everyone follows Ardeth Bay's eyes, through the windows we
    can see the SUN, --which is now going into a FULL ECLIPSE.

                                  JONATHAN

                   "...and he stretched forth his
                   hands towards the heavens, and
                   there was darkness throughout
                   the land of Egypt."

    EXT. BRITISH FORT - WINDOW - DAY FOR NIGHT

    O'Connell looks out a window at the British Soldiers manning
    the walls. Above and beyond them, --is the BLACK SUN.

    EXT. EVELYN'S FOYER - DAY FOR NIGHT

    Evelyn and Jonathan are pacing the foyer

                                  EVELYN

                   we must stop him from regenerating.
                   She turns to Daniels and Henderson

                                  EVELYN

                   Who opened that chest?



                                  HENDERSON

                   Well, there was me and Daniels here
                   and then poor Burns of course, oh
                   yeah, and that Egyptologist fella.

    O'Connell turns from the window

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What about my buddy, Beni?

                                  DANIELS

                   Naw, he scrammed outta there,

                                  EVELYN

                   We must find the Egyptologist
                   and bring him back here to the
                   safety of the fort, before the
                   creature can get to him.

    O'Connell looks at Evelyn, Daniels and Henderson.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay, ...Evelyn, you wait here,
                   you two come with me.

    All three of them pounce on him at once--

                                  HENDERSON

                   The hell with that! I'm not
                   goin' nowhere! we're safe here.

                                  DANIELS

                   Yeah, I'm not leavin, this
                   fort for nothin'.

                                  EVELYN

                   Who put you in charge? You can't
                   just leave me behind like some old
                   suitcase. I'm the one responsible
                   for this mess and I intend to be
                   the one to clean it up.

    O'Connell just shakes his head and SIGHS. Totally put-upon.
    Then he takes Evelyn, shoves her into the bedroom, slams the
    door and locks it with a skeleton key. From inside her room
    we can hear Evelyn POUNDING on the door and YELLING.

    O'Connell throws the skeleton key to Daniels.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Keep an eye on her. If you leave
                   her door, I'll rip your spleen out
                   C'mon, Jonathan.

    Jonathan swallows hard and points to himself

                                  JONATHAN

                   Me?

    CAIRO ALLEYWAYS - BAZAAR - DAY FOR NIGHT

    The Egyptologist stumbles through the dark alleys, looking
    haunted. He clutches the Book of The Dead in one hand and his
    SACRED CANOPIC JAR in the other. Imhotep is stalking him. A
    STREET VENDOR turns and sees Imhotep's horribly decayed face.

    He reacts and scurries away. Imhotep lifts his robe, covers
    his face, and moves in on the Egyptologist, who is heading
    into the bazaar. WE PAN UP TO--

    THE EGYPTOLOGIST'S OFFICE - DAY FOR NIGHT

    Beni is RANSACKING the joint, pulling out drawers and files
    and throwing them on the floor. He finds a silver pocket
    watch, shakes it, then throws it into his pocket, then he
    starts tipping over bookcases and clearing shelves.

                                  O'CONNELL(o.s.)

                   well, well, well.

    Beni spins around. O'Connell and Jonathan stand in the door.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Lemme guess, spring cleaning?

    Beni turns and runs for an open window. O'Connell grabs a
    chair, FLINGS IT into his path. Beni TRIPS and CRASHES into a
    wall. O'Connell strides over, grabs him and lifts him up the
    wall. Beni's feet dangle off the floor.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Where's your new friend?

                                  BENI

                   what friend? You're my only friend

    O'Connell quickly slides his knife up under Beni's chin

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Then you got no excuse for living.
                   What the hell you doin, being
                   buddies with this creep, Beni?
                   What's in it for you?

                                  BENI

                   It is better to be the right hand
                   of the Devil,....than in his path.
                   As long as I serve him, I am immune.


                                  O'CONNELL

                   Immune from what?

                                  BENI

                   You shall see.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What are you looking for?
                   Lie, and I'll slit your throat

    O'Connell shoves the knife deeper into Beni's skin.

                                  BENI

                   The book! The black book they
                   found at Hamunaptra! Imhotep
                   wants it back. Said to me it
                   would be worth it's weight
                   in diamonds.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What does he want the book for?

                                  BENI  (shrugs)

                   Something about bringing his
                   dead girly-friend back to life
                   He needs the book....

                   (looks at Jonathan)

                   And your sister.

    O'Connell looks at Jonathan. Beni seizes the moment and KNEES
    O'Connell in the balls. O'Connell doubles over and collapses.
    Beni leaps out the window. Jonathan cringes.

                                  JONATHAN

                   That looked rather painful

                                  O'CONNELL  (wincing)

                   Ya know, ever since I met you,
                   my luck has been for crap.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, I know, I do that to people

    And that's when they hear a BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM coming from
    down in the bazaar. O'Connell and Jonathan scramble to the
    window and look out--

    EXT. BAZAAR - DAY FOR NIGHT

    Down in the bazaar, people are SCREAMING and quickly backing
    away from the SHRIVELLED CORPSE OF THE EGYPTOLOGIST.



    A partially decayed HAND reaches down and takes the sacred
    canopic jar out of the Egyptologist's shriveled hand. It's
    Imhotep, having regenerated even further. He looks up and
    catches eyes with O'Connell. Imhotep grins, then UNHINGES; his
    jaw, his mouth stretches to an inhuman size, and then a huge
    SWARM OF FLIES comes out of his mouth and races straight up
    at O'Connell and Jonathan. They both SLAM the shutters.
    The flies SLAM into the closed window and immediately spread
    throughout the bazaar. Sending people SCREAMING and running.

    EGYPTOLOGISTS OFFICE - DAY FOR NIGHT

    O'Connell and Jonathan look at each other, panicked

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Damn-it! That's two down and
                   only two to go.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And then he'll be coming after Evy.

    They turn and race out of the office.

    BRITISH FORT - WINDOW --NIGHT

    Daniels stares out a window, watching the British Guards at
    the front gate. more Soldiers march the encircling parapet.

                                  SOLDIER

                   Ten O'clock! All is well!

    The lights and MUSIC from the Casbah come up from below

    INT. EVELYN'S FOYER - NIGHT

    Daniels turns from the window. Henderson sits in a chair next
    to Evelyn's door, chain smoking. Both look wired with fear.

                                  DANIELS

                   The hell with this. I'm goin,
                   downstairs to get me a drink.
                   You want somethin,?

                                  HENDERSON

                   Yeah, get me a glass of bourbon, a
                   shot of bourbon and a bourbon chaser

    Daniels nods and heads out. Henderson just sits there, alone,
    smoking. He reaches into his jacket pocket, pulls out his
    SACRED CANOPIC JAR and fondles it. A BREEZE suddenly comes in
    through the open window. The curtains flutter. Henderson gets
    up and goes over to shut it. He looks out the window.



    The CAMERA races over the compound, into the window and HITS
    Henderson square in the FACE just as he's about to scream.

    Henderson is lifted into the air by a mass of SWIRLING SAND.
    His body TWISTS and TURNS and Slowly SHRIVELS as the life is
    SUCKED out of him. Then he COLLAPSES to the floor. On the
    wall above him, the SHADOW of the SWIRLING SAND condenses,
    forming a SHADOW of a human body. The SHADOW CONVULSES as the
    body REGENERATES. And then it's over.

    Imhotep steps into view. He's regenerated even further and
    looks almost normal now, his face no longer decayed. He steps
    over Henderson's shriveled body and up to Evelyn's door,
    rattles the knob. it's locked. Imhotep grins.

    EVELYN'S ROOM - NIGHT

    Evelyn is asleep in her bed as SAND begins streaming in through
    the keyhole, pouring onto the floor, forming a large mound. Evelyn
    starts to toss and turn. WE PAN BACK OVER TO THE DOOR: The mound
    of sand is gone and in it's place is Imhotep.

    INT. FOYER - NIGHT

    O'Connell and Jonathan race into the foyer and skid to a
    stop as they see Henderson's shriveled body on the floor.
    O'Connell runs up to Evelyn's door and rattles the knob,
    still locked. He bends down and looks in through the KEYHOLE.

    EVELYN'S ROOM - NIGHT

    Imhotep leans down towards Evelyn, about to kiss her as she
    sleeps. The door starts to CRASH and BANG from O'Connell.
    Imhotep ignores it. And KISSES Evelyn. His lips and mouth
    instantly start to DEGENERATE and DECAY. Right down to the
    bone. The door BURSTS OPEN. Evelyn wakes-up. Sees Imhotep's
    rotted mouth kissing her. She SCREAMS and shoves him away.
    Imhotep's putrid mouth grimaces in sadness.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Get your hands off my girl, pal.

    Imhotep's sadness turns to anger as he spins around and faces
    O'Connell. Imhotep licks his fetid lips. O'Connell smirks.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Nice lips.

    Imhotep starts to move for O'Connell.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I figured you might be here,
                   so I brought a friend.



    He throws the white cat at Imhotep. Imhotep instinctively
    catches it. He SHRIEKS, drops the cat and stumbles back
    towards the window, --which suddenly BLOWS OPEN. Imhotep
    spins like a dervish and BURSTS INTO A WHIRLWIND OF SAND.
    Everybody covers their eyes. The Imhotep/sand-devil EXPLODES
    out the window and vanishes over the compound.

    Jonathan aims his gun at the window, his hand shaking badly.
    O'Connell hugs Evelyn as she wipes her mouth in disgust.

    Daniels walks in, looks at Henderson's shriveled body on
    the floor . .... and drops the martini glasses.

    INT. 1923 CONVERTIBLE DUSSENBERG - NIGHT

    Jonathan races his big convertible through the streets,
    HONKING constantly. Evelyn sits between him and O'Connell,
    looking scared and nervous, then she gives O'Connell a look.

                                  EVELYN

                   You called me your girl?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   What? ... Oh yeah, that was just
                   um, you know, figure a speech.

                                  EVELYN

                   I think you were jealous

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Jealous? You kiddin' me? Did
                   you see that guy's face?

    Daniels leans forward from the back seat, filled with fear,

                                  DANIELS

                   Shut-up! JUST SHUT-UP! We gotta
                   do somethin'! we gotta do somethin,
                   NOW! Before it's too late!

    They race into the driveway of the museum of Antiquities.

    EXT. CAIRO BAZAAR - NIGHT

    A FULL MOON now shines down on the bazaar, still bustling
    with activity. Suddenly, a BREEZE kicks-in. GREEN MIST begins
    to SWIRL down the street and through the stalls. The people
    begin to CHOKE and COUGH and RETCH, as if being hit by a
    severe sickness. --It's already too late.

    Imhotep strolls through the sickened mob, his face half
    rotted off, his deformed mouth grinning happily. Beni is
    at his side, looking very nervous. And then, one-by-one',
    the people silently begin to follow Imhotep, their skin
    now covered in disgustingly hideous BOILS AND SORES.



    INT. MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES - NIGHT

    O'Connell., Jonathan, Daniels, the Curator and Ardeth Bay
    fo11ow Evelyn as she strides through the museum.

                                  EVELYN

                   Last month I came across an
                   inscription that mentioned
                   The Book Of The Dead.

                                  DANIELS

                   That book we found at Hamunaptra?

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes. I dismissed it, because it
                   talked about bringing people
                   back from the dead. A notion
                   I was unwilling to believe.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Believe it, sister. That's what
                   brought our buddy back to life.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And now he's going to use it
                   to bring his girlfriend back

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   And if he succeeds, the two of
                   them together will bring about
                   the apocalypse.

    The Curator joins Evelyn at her side as she heads up the
    stairs, everyone else in hot pursuit.

                                  THE CURATOR

                   The plagues we have seen so far,
                   are merely Imhotep flexing his
                   muscles. only at the moment of
                   Anck-su-namun's resurrection
                   will he be truly invincible.

    They reach the display cases. Evelyn quickly opens them.

                                  EVELYN

                   I'm thinking that if the black
                   Book Of The Dead can bring people
                   back to life--

                                  CURATOR

                   --then perhaps, the golden Book
                   Of The Living can return them
                   to the underworld.



                                  EVELYN

                   Exactly -

                                  O'CONNELL

                   So your sayin', if we find the
                   book made outta gold--

                                  CURATOR

                   --And read the sacred incantations
                   contained inside it.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You think it'll send this guy
                   back to hell?

                                  CURATOR

                   Correct,

    And that's when LOUD CHANTING is heard coming from outside
    They all rush over to the upper windows and look down--
    OUTSIDE: A large, CRAZED MOB covered in hideous boils and sores
    comes CHANTING up the driveway: 'Anck-su-namun! Anck-su-namun!

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   it has begun. The beginning of
                   the end.

                                  EVELYN

                   Not quite yet it hasn't. C'mon,

    Evelyn dashes back to the display cases. Everyone follows.

    EXT. MUSEUM - NIGHT

    The crazed mob CRASHES into the huge front doors, which are
    locked. They pound furiously, throwing themselves at it while
    CHANTING CONSTANTLY. Imhotep solemnly comes up the driveway.

    INT. MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES - UPPER BALCONY - NIGHT

    The BANGING on the doors can be heard as Evelyn and the
    Curator quickly sort through broken pieces of stone tablets.
    The others watch. Evelyn pulls out a large piece.

                                  EVELYN

                   Got it!

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Got what?

    The BANGING gets LOUDER. Multiple windows SHATTER. Evelyn
    talks while quickly translating the tablet:



                                  EVELYN

                   Since the black Book of The Dead
                   was found inside the statue of
                   Anubis, then according to this,
                   the golden Book of The Living
                   should be inside ........

    Evelyn finds the translation in the tablet and smiles.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   what?

                                  JONATHAN

                   What?

                                  DANIELS

                   WHAT!?

                                  EVELYN

                   The golden Book Of The Living,
                   is inside the statue of Koz-us.

                                  CURATOR

                   Which would be located not far to
                   the east of the Anubis statue.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Don't tell me we gotta go back
                   out there?

                                  CURATOR

                   If we want to kill the creature, yes.

    TWO HIDEOUS BOIL & SORE-COVERED MEN charge out of a doorway,
    SCREAMING. O'Connell and Ardeth Bay grab them and chuck them
    over the railing. The men fly through the air and CRASH into
    the lower display cases. The front doors suddenly BURST OPEN,
    The crazed mob pours into the museum. our heroes haul-ass
    across the balcony and down the staircase.

    EXT. MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITY - NIGHT

    Jonathan sneaks out of some bushes and quickly heads for his
    convertible. Suddenly, a splinter group of the diseased mob
    comes around the side of the museum. Jonathan instantly bugs
    his eyes out, starts drooling, and begins CHANTING---

                                  JONATHAN

                   Anck-su-namun! Anck-su-namun!

    The crazed group runs past him and heads into the front doors
    of the museum. Jonathan leaps into the convertible, fires it
    up and 180's it back over to the bushes.



    O'Connell, Evelyn, Daniels, Ardeth Bay and the Curator jump
    inside the car. Beni steps out of the museum and sees them.

                                  BENI

                   Imhotep! IMHOTEP!

    Imhotep looks out of the museum from the shattered upper
    windows just as the convertible PEELS OUT. O'Connell points a
    finger at Beni as they race past him.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You're gonna get yours, pal!

    Imhotep UNHINGES his jaw, his mouth stretches to an inhuman
    size, he lets out one of his horrific, primordial SHRIEKS.

    His disease-ridden disciples immediately begin pouring out
    of the front doors of the museum and chasing after the car.

    EXT. BAZAAR - NIGHT

    The convertible hauls-ass down the narrow bazaar street.
    Crazies start jumping out of stalls and LEAPING onto the
    car. O'Connell and the others fight them off, throwing them
    overboard. More people JUMP on. Jonathan SWERVES the car,
    CRASHES through some stalls, knocking them off, but not
    before they manage to open the back door and YANK Daniels
    out. He TUMBLES across the pavement. Gets up SHOOTING. Backs
    into a corner, FIRING his pistol into the hideous rabble,
    killing several, keeping them at bay. His gun goes empty,
    CLICK! CLICK! CLICK! But the mob stays back, looking at him
    like rabid vultures. Daniels eyes them, filled with fear.
    The mob parts like the red sea as Imhotep walks through them
    and up to Daniels. Daniels whimpers in fear, tears pour down
    his cheeks. Then he gets an idea, reaches into his pocket,
    and pulls out his jewel encrusted SACRED CANOPIC JAR. He
    holds it out for Imhotep. Imhotep takes it and grins. Through
    his tears, Daniels grins back, hopeful that he'll be spared.

    WE CUT WIDE: Somewhere in the middle of the crazed, diseased
    mob, we hear Daniels give out A BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM ........

    INT./EXT. CONVERTIBLE - STREETS - NIGHT

    The convertible slowly motors down the narrow alleys. WE
    DOLLY across the hood of the car from Jonathan to Evelyn to
    O'Connell. Ardeth Bay and the Curator are still in the back.
    All of them staring out the front windshield. Freaked-out.
    Then suddenly one of the hideous ghouls CRASHES through the
    windshield! Everybody SCREAMS. Jonathan hits the gas, loses
    control, the car SLAMS into a wall. O'Connell grabs Evelyn.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   C'mon! C'mon! Let's go! Let's go!


    They all leap out of the car. But the angry, festering mob
    quickly surrounds them. O'Connell quickly reaches into his
    gunny-sack, pulls out a stick of dynamite, then reaches into
    his pocket and pulls out a match. He looks around for a way
    to light it, then reaches over and strikes it across Ardeth
    Bay's stubbly face. Ardeth Bay YELPS. O'Connell holds the lit
    match near the fuse.

    The crazed, CHANTING mob gives O'Connell a wide berth,
    staring at him and the others with insane, bloodshot eyes.

    And then Imhotep steps through, --having fully regenerated,
    he now looks as young and handsome and muscular as he did the
    day he was buried alive. Evelyn stares at him.

                                  EVELYN

                   He's gorgeous.

    O'Connell gives her a look, the match burns his fingers. He
    YELPS and throws it down, grabs another match and strikes it
    across Ardeth Bay's face again. Ardeth Bay YELPS and gives
    O'Connell a look to kill. The Curator shakes his head.

                                  THE CURATOR

                   He has consummated the curse,
                   now all he need do is raise
                   Anck-su-namun from the dead,
                   then it will be the end of us,
                   and the beginning for them.

    Imhotep moves forward, heading right for them. O'Connell
    LIGHTS THE FUSE. Imhotep steps up to O'Connell and stops,
    watching the fuse burn down. it's a game of chicken. The
    tension mounts. The LIT FUSE is about to vanish inside the
    stick of dynamite, blowing it up, --when Evelyn leans forward
    and blows it out. O'Connell exhales, but keeps his eyes on
    Imhotep, who extends his hand to Evelyn.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Koontash dai na.

    Beni steps through the swarming mass, translating.

                                  BENI

                   Take his hand and he will
                   spare the others.

    Evelyn hesitates, looks around at the huge, bloodthirsty
    crowd surrounding them, holding axes, picks and scimitars,
    waiting to pounce, then she looks at Imhotep, confident,
    powerful, invincible. Then she looks at O'Connell.

                                  EVELYN

                   Any bright ideas?


    O'Connell talks through angry, grit teeth.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Sorry, fresh out.

    Evelyn looks back at Imhotep, then starts to reach out to
    take his hand. Both O'Connell and Jonathan move to stop her,
    --but Ardeth Bay grabs them both and holds them tight.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Don't do it, Evelyn.

                                  EVELYN

                   I have no choice.

    Evelyn's trembling hand touches Imhotep's: His hand closes
    around hers. Nothing happens. Imhotep smiles.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Keetah mi pharos, aja nilo, isirlan.

                                  BENI

                   Come with me my princess. It is
                   time to make you mine, forever.

    Evelyn gives Beni a nasty look, correcting him--

                                  EVELYN

                   All eternity, idiot,

    Then she looks at O'Connell and puts on her best face.

                                  EVELYN

                   You better think of something,
                   because if he turns me into a
                   mummy, your the first one I'm
                   coming after.

    O'Connell almost smiles

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Got guts, lady.

                                  EVELYN

                   Yes, I know, and I'd like to
                   keep them.

    Imhotep suddenly notices something. He reaches forward and--

    RIPS THE KEY/BOX OUT OF JONATHAN'S UPPER JACKET POCKET.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Hey that's mine--!



    Ardeth Bay holds Jonathan back. Imhotep pulls Evelyn away.
    O'Connell can't take it anymore, he tries to break free of
    Ardeth Bay's grip.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Evelyn!

    The huge, powerful man holds him tight.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Be calm. There is still time.
                   we can stop him yet.

    The crowd parts for Imhotep and Evelyn. And then Imhotep
    stops and looks back at O'Connell.

                                  IMHOTEP

                   Pared oos.

    Evelyn SCREAMS.

                                  EVELYN

                   NOOO!!

    Beni smiles.

                                  BENI

                   Kill them.

    Imhotep pulls her away. O'Connell breaks free of Ardeth Bay's
    grip and stumbles forward.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   EVELYN!

    But the rabid vultures are already moving in for the kill.
    O'Connell quickly bends down, pulls open a CISTERN/MANHOLE
    COVER and shoves Jonathan down inside it, then jumps in after
    him. The Curator pushes Ardeth Bay towards the cistern hole.

                                  CURATOR

                   Go! Find a way! Kill the creature!

    The Curator turns and throws himself at the mob as Ardeth Bay
    crawls down into the hole. The mob tears the Curator apart.

    INT. CATACOMBS - NIGHT

    O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay slosh their way down the
    watery catacomb, crazies pouring in behind them. Up ahead, a
    LIGHT suddenly shines in from another cistern hole, and then
    more of the infected crowd drop down, SCREECHING like rats.



    O'Connell jags right, pushing Jonathan and Ardeth Bay ahead
    of him, he strikes a match off the wall, lights the nubby
    fuse on a stick of dynamite, throws it, and runs like hell.

    FIRE BLAST incinerates a bunch of crazies.

    STREET - ALLEY - NIGHT

    The EXPLOSION blows a cistern cover fifty feet into the air,
    followed by a mass of FLAMMAGE ..............

    EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT

    A sewer grate is kicked out of a wall. O'Connell, Jonathan
    and Ardeth Bay climb out of the hole and into AN ALLEY.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   We gotta get her back.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I'm with you, old man. No one
                   touches my sister like that and
                   gets away with it.

    O'Connell looks at Ardeth Bay,

                                  O'CONNELL

                   You know where he's taking her?

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Yes. To Hamunaptra. To perform
                   the ritual.

    Jonathan looks worried.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And what ritual would that be?

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   The ritual to bring the body of
                   Anck-su-namun back to life.

                                  JONATHAN

                   And how does one do that?

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   By reading the Book Of The Dead.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Oh yes, of course.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   And then killing your sister.



                                  JONATHAN

                   Excuse me?

    Ardeth Bay looks at O'Connell,

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Imhotep is now able to cross the
                   desert with great haste.

    Jonathan taps him in the shoulder,

                                  JONATHAN

                   Begging your pardon, but I wasn't
                   quite clear on that last part.

    Ardeth Bay ignores him,

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   If he arrives before us, it will
                   be too late.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Did you say 'kill' my sister?

    O'Connell smiles

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I know how to beat him to it.

    And on that WE SMASH CUT TO-- THE ERFOUD DUNES - DAWN
    Jonathan's bashed-in convertible steams it's way up to a set
    of semi-abandoned Quonset huts. A single WWI BIPLANE with
    R.A.F. INSIGNIAS sits in the sand beside them. A SIGN READS:

    HIS MAJESTY'S ROYAL AIR CORP

    EXT. QUONSET HUT - DUNES - MINUTES LATER

    O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay stand before Winston
    Havlock, the massive dunes of Erfoud as our background.

                                  WINSTON

                   So what's your little problem
                   got to do with His Majesty's
                   Royal Air Corp?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Not a god-damned thing.

    Winston looks intrigued.

                                  WINSTON

                   is it dangerous?



                                  O'CONNELL

                   You probably won't live through it,

    This really interests him.

                                  WINSTON

                   By Jove, do you really think so?

                                  JONATHAN

                   Everybody else we've bumped into
                   has died, why not you?

    Winston nods his head, he's hooked.

                                  WINSTON

                   So what's the challenge then?

                                  O'CONNELL

                   To save the damsel in distress,
                   kill the bad guy and steal his
                   treasure.

    A slow grin spreads across Winston's face, then he gives them
    a snappy salute.

                                  WINSTON

                   Winston Havlock at your service, sir!

    SAHARA - DAY

    Way off across the desert, a large SAND-DEVIL races over the
    dunes. The SANDY WHIRLWIND comes to a stop and starts to
    dissipate. Evelyn and Beni are suddenly ejected out of it,
    they land in a dune. The SWIRLING SAND CONDENSES AND FORMS
    INTO IMHOTEP. He looks up into the sky, listening carefully.

    Evelyn shakes the sand out of her hair and looks at Beni.

                                  EVELYN

                   what just happened?

                                  BENI

                   All I remember is him turning
                   into a blast of sand, ....and
                   then I remember nothing.
                   then they hear a plane in the sky and look up.

    INT. BIPLANE - DAY

    The WIND whips at Winston in the cockpit. O'Connell sits in
    the gunner's compartment. Jonathan is strapped spread-eagle
    across the left wing, Ardeth Bay is tied tight to the right.

    Both men are scared out of their wits and SCREAMING in fear.


    EXT. SAHARA - DAY

    Imhotep's jaw UNHINGES, his mouth opens to an inhuman size,
    he lets fly with another one of his horrible SHRIEKS. --And
    a massive WALL OF SAND rises up out of the desert

    BIPLANE - DAY

    O'Connell watches the desert below him come alive and rise
    up towards the plane. Winston looks over the side and sees
    what's coming. He laughs, throws the throttle, and puts the
    plane into a dive.

                                  WINSTON

                   Hang on, men!

    WE GO WIDE AS: The sandstorm chases the diving, twisting
    biplane. Getting closer and closer, about to engulf it.
    O'Connell looks back into the blinding sand and sees a GIANT
    FACE forming inside the sandstorm. It's Imhotep. Grinning.
    O'Connell grabs the Lewis machine-gun, cocks the bracket and
    FIRES, blasting away at Imhotep's giant face inside the
    sandstorm. Imhotep's face begins to laugh, then his jaw
    unhinges, his mouth opens wide, and he ENGULFS the plane.
    Winston blindly fights for control, elated.

                                  WINSTON

                   We're going down!

    The biplane SPINS inside the BLOWING SAND. Engines ROARING.
    Wind HOWLING. Jonathan and Ardeth Bay SCREAMING. Winston
    Havlock LAUGHING.

                                  WINSTON

                   Here I come, laddies!

    O'Connell braces himself for impact,

    SAHARA - DAY

    Evelyn leaps to her feet and runs over to Imhotep.

                                  EVELYN

                   Stop it! You'll kill them!

    Imhotep grabs her, pulls her close, her beautiful eyes stare
    into his shockingly intense ones. Then he kisses her, hard.
    Evelyn's eyes widen, stunned and mesmerized, then she pushes
    herself away and falls back into the sand. Imhotep laughs.


    EXT. BIPLANE - DUNES - DAY

    The biplane SMASHES over a dune, ROLLS OVER and CRASHES
    upside-down into another dune. The SAND SWIRLS as O'Connell
    falls out of the gunner's compartment. The left wing is
    jammed into the dune, Jonathan hangs upside down.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Excuse me. ...A little help
                   would be useful. ...IF IT'S
                   NOT TOO MUCH TROUBLE!!

    O'Connell goes to help Jonathan. Ardeth Bay stumbles over to
    the gunner's compartment and tears the Lewis gun off it's
    mount. He throws the machine-gun over one shoulder, a
    cartridge belt over the other and staggers away. O'Connell
    and Jonathan look into the cockpit. Winston Havlock is dead.

    A smile on his face. The plane suddenly starts to move, the
    sand sinks under their feet, they quickly high-tail-it away.

    O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay make it to some rocks and
    look back. The biplane, with Winston Havlock inside, slides
    away over a dune. O'Connell gives it a salute. The plane
    vanishes over the dune and into the SWIRLING SAND ...........

    HAMUNAPTRA - DAY

    O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay come down a ravine in the
    volcano and look out over the ruins of Hamunaptra.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay, now what the hell does
                   this Horus guy look like?

                                  JONATHAN

                   He's a big fellow with pointy
                   ears and a face like a falcon.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Got it

    HAMUNAPTRA STAIRWAY - DAY

    Carrying TORCHES, O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay make
    their way down a long, winding, narrow staircase. Heading
    into the bowels of the necropolis. A passageway to hell.

    NECROPOLIS - DAY

    Evelyn follows Imhotep into the underground cemetery.
    She stops at the sight of all the big hairy rats scurrying
    through the mausoleums and over the gravestones. Beni shoves
    his rifle into her back and pushes her forward.



                                  BENI

                   Keep moving

    Evelyn gives him a look.

                                  EVELYN

                   You know, nasty little fellows
                   such as yourself, always get
                   their comeuppance.

    Beni suddenly looks worried.

                                  BENI

                   Yeah?

                                  EVELYN

                   Oh yes, always,

    Beni looks even more worried, he nervously starts chewing on
    his lip. All three of them walk over the bridge crossing the
    disgusting DETRITUS MOAT. Evelyn looks down at it, horrified.

    INT. PASSAGEWAY - DAY

    O'Connell and Ardeth Bay are busy digging out a collapsed
    doorway. Jonathan notices an AMETHYST SCARAB on the far wall.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I say, look at that.

    He walks over and tries to jiggle it free. It comes loose in
    his hand. He looks at the scarab in his palm. It starts to
    glow. And then something inside it starts to WIGGLE.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Say, gents! You should come
                   have a look at this.

    The wiggling continues; a long, agonizing BEAT, and then the
    scarab breaks out of it's cocoon and instantly BURROWS into
    Jonathan's palm. Jonathan starts to freak out and SCREAM.

    O'Connell runs up and rips the arm off Jonathan's shirt. The
    scarab is now BURROWING UP JONATHAN'S ARM. O'Connell whips
    out his butterfly-knife, snaps it open and grabs Jonathan's
    arm. Jonathan's eyes widen in terror as the knife passes in
    front of his face. Jonathan SCREAMS LOUDER, obviously being
    cut open. O'Connell's hand flicks something away.

    The scarab hits the floor and immediately starts scurrying
    back towards Jonathan, wanting to finish the job.

    O'Connell pulls out his gun and blows it away, --BLAM!



    INT. CEMETERY - DAY

    The GUNSHOT echoes into the cemetery as Imhotep, Evelyn and
    Beni step6up to the strange ALTAR, where four thousand years
    ago Imhotep tried to bring Anck-su-namun back to life.

    Imhotep scowls at the sound and angrily reaches into a
    CANOPIC JAR. He pulls out the crusted remains of Anck-su-
    namun's heart, crushes it to dust in his hand and starts
    reading from The Book Of The Dead. Then he BLOWS the dust
    against a mausoleum wall, --THE WALL STARTS TO COME ALIVE.

    Evelyn and Beni stare at the wall, both of them wide-eyed.
    TWO FORMS emerge from the mausoleum's wall. Horrific-looking
    mummified CORPSES. , Two of Imhotep's long dead Priests. They
    bow to Imhotep,-then turn and move off down a passageway.

    INT. PASSAGEWAY - DAY

    O'Connell helps Ardeth Bay mend Jonathan's wound.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   From now on, don't touch anything.
                   Not a damn thing. Keep your hands
                   off the furniture, got it?

    Jonathan swallows hard and nods vigorously.

    INT. CEMETERY - DAY

    Imhotep prepares the altar while speaking in HEBREW. Beni
    holds his gun on her, translating:

                                  BENI

                   Prince Imhotep wants your heart.

    Evelyn blushes, feeling complimented by the handsome prince.

                                  EVELYN

                   Tell him, I'm truly flattered.
                   ... but that it's already taken.

    Imhotep continues SPEAKING while laying the four jewel
    encrusted canopic jars next to the shattered one.

                                  BENI

                   He wants your heart and your
                   brain, your liver, your kidneys...

    Evelyn's eyes widen

                                  BENI

                   ... and how do you say? Those
                   slimy things, in your stomach?



                                  EVELYN

                   Intestines

                                  BENI

                   Yeah! Them.

    Evelyn can't believe it, she furiously turns to Imhotep.

                                  EVELYN

                   You only want me for my organs?!

    Imhotep looks at her and grins, then BACKHANDS her --WAP!
    Evelyn goes down for the count. Imhotep stares at her, cold,
    malevolent, then h e turns and walks off into the mausoleums.
    Beni nervously glances around, then quickly scurries away.

    TREASURE CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell squeezes through a small crevice in a wall and
    drops to the floor of a dark chamber. He picks up his gunny-
    sack and scans the darkness. Something GLITTERS. Jonathan and
    Ardeth Bay crawl in behind him.

    O'Connell notices a SHAFT OF LIGHT, high above him, shooting
    through a small hole in the ceiling and stopping against a
    wall next to one of those mirror disks. O'Connell aims his
    gun. FIRES. The bullet STRIKES the disk's pedestal, spinning
    the mirror into the shaft of light, --And WHAM! THE SHAFT OF
    LIGHT HITS THE DISK AND QUICKLY BOUNCES AROUND THE ROOM FROM
    ONE DISK TO ANOTHER UNTIL THE WHOLE CHAMBER IS LIT UP.
    It's an enormous TREASURE CHAMBER. Filled to overflowing.
    Everything sparkles and shines. The wealth of Egypt.
    O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay are speechless.
    that's when the two mummified Priest-mummies walk in.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   who the hell are these guys?

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Priests. Imhotep's priests.

    O'Connell pulls the elephant gun out of his gunny-sack.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   I never killed a priest before,

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   They are evil, cursed, they
                   matter not.



                                  O'CONNELL

                   Well, okay then.

    O'Connell FIRES the elephant gun. SMOKE and FLAME shoot out.
    BLASTS one of the mummies. Blows it's upper torso clean off.

    O'Connell pumps the gun, the huge spent cartridge flips
    through the air. He FIRES again. BLASTS the other mummy,
    b1ows this one's torso clean off as well. The smoke clears.

    The two sets of LEGS keep walking forward, unaffected by the
    loss of their upper torsos. O'Connell can't believe it.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Oh come on, gimme a break here.

    And then the disemboweled upper torsos start to move, turning
    over and crawling towards our heroes, who start to back away.

    INT. CEMETERY -DAY

    Imhotep turns from the altar as he hears more GUNSHOTS
    echoing out of the passageways. He angrily reaches into
    another of Anck-su-namun's canopic jars, pulls out her crusty
    liver and crushes it to dust, then quickly starts reading a
    passage from the Book and BLOWS the dust down a passageway.

                                  IMHOTEP (ancient Egyptian - subtitled)

                   Kill them! Kill them all! And
                   bring me the Book Of The Living!

    INT. TREASURE CHAMBER - DAY

    A dusty BREEZE blows into the chamber as O'Connell, Jonathan
    and Ardeth Bay back away from the mummy pieces. The floor
    where they were just standing suddenly STARTS TO MOVE. Two
    more mummies slowly dig their way up out of the floor. More
    mummies start coming out of the walls and crawling out of the
    piles of gold. All the mummies head for our heroes. O'Connell
    lifts the elephant gun. Ardeth Bay stops him.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   My turn.

    Ardeth Bay OPENS UP with the Lewis gun. BLASTING the shit out
    of the mummies. They keep on coming. Even more now. O'Connell
    OPENS FIRE with the elephant gun, pumping and FIRING as all
    three of the men back away and haul-ass. The mummies and
    mummy pieces follow them into the passageway.

    Then Beni creeps into the chamber. He stares in wonder at all
    the treasure. Then falls backwards into a pile of jewels and
    rolls about.



    INT. CEMETERY - DAY

    Evelyn-wakes up, lying chained to the top of the altar.
     She blink!, then turns her head, --and looks right into
    the ROTTED FACE of Anck-su-namun's corpse. Evelyn SCREAMS.

    INT. LABYRINTH PASSAGEWAYS - DAY

    The elephant gun FIRES, blasting FLAME and SMOKE right into
    the LENS. O'Connell, Jonathan and Ardeth Bay race down a
    passageway, a dozen mummies striding after them.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   This whole place is comin, alive!

    The men race around a corner. More mummies. They race around
    another corner. More mummies. Onward they come. Methodical.
    Relentless. Boxing in our heroes. O'Connell and Ardeth Bay

    FIRING as they go. Ardeth Bay goes empty.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   I'm out

    He throws the machine-gun down and they all race into--

    HORUS CHAMBER - DAY

    --A small chamber. The lower half of the giant statue of
    HORUS stands in the middle of the chamber.

                                  JONATHAN

                   There he is!

    They run up to the base of the statue,

                                  JONATHAN

                   Hello Horus old boy.

    O'Connell looks back at the mummies coming down the
    passageway. He reaches into his gunny-sack and pulls out
    a stick of dynamite. Ardeth Bay taps him on the shoulder.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Allow me.

    O'Connell hands him the dynamite and a match, then turns to
    look at the statue. Ardeth Bay reaches forward and strikes
    the match off O'Connell's stubbly face. O'Connell YELPS.
    Ardeth Bay lights the dynamite and throws it down the
    passageway. They all hit the deck. The dynamite EXPLODES.
    Ripping apart the creatures, causing a CAVE-IN and sealing
    the passageway with rock and dirt. Now there's only one way
    out, --another dark, creepy passageway.



    INT. CEMETERY

    Chained tight to the top of the altar, Evelyn hopelessly
    struggles to free herself. She stops as Priest mummies start
    surrounding the altar. Evelyn is horrified as the hideous
    mummies kneel down and begin to CHANT, --which now sounds
    even more horrific due to the lack of tongues, jaws and
    mouths in the room.

    Imhotep steps up carrying the black Book Of The Dead.
    His hand reaches out and lovingly caresses Anck-su-namun's
    decayed cheek.

    INT. HORUS CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell and Jonathan are digging away at the seams of the
    secret compartment, it starts to give. And that's when Ardeth
    Bay spots another group of rotting mummies coming down the
    dark passageway, heading right for them. O'Connell looks up.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   These guys just don't quit.

    Ardeth Bay grabs the elephant gun and a handful of shells and
    runs off towards the mummies.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Keep digging!

    O'Connell and Jonathan redouble their efforts, pulling harder
    on the seam. The compartment starts to loosen. About to give.
    The last time this happened, salt acid sprayed out, remember?
    Our heroes keep tugging. The tension mounts ................

    And that's when a SKELETAL HAND BURSTS UP OUT OF THE GROUND
    and grabs O'Connell's ankle. Several more moldy hands BURST
    up out of the ground. O'Connell and Jonathan struggle with
    the mummies as they crawl up out of the dirt floor.

    One of the mummies violently shoves O'Connell away. Another
    grabs Jonathan by the throat and starts to strangle him. A
    third mummy grabs at the secret compartment and pulls hard.

    AN INTENSE BURST OF ACID SPRAYS OUT OF THE SEAM AND HITS ALL
    THREE OF THE MUMMIES. The one strangling Jonathan gets it in
    the back and drops him. All three mummies melt horribly.

    INT. CEMETERY

    Imhotep begins to read from The Book Of The Dead.

    A large SWIRLING HOLE starts to open in the detritus bog.

    Evelyn's eyes widen in amazement and horror.



    IINT. HORUS CHAMBER - DAY

    Ardeth Bay BLASTS AWAY at the oncoming mummies.
    over at the base of the statue, O'Connell and Jonathan pull
    an ornate chest out of the secret compartment. O'Connell rips
    off the lid, reaches inside and pulls out a heavy burlap bag.

    He and Jonathan exchange nervous, excited looks. Then he
    reaches into the bag and slowly pulls out the SOLID GOLD Book
    Of The Living- GOLDEN LIGHT reflects off their faces as they
    stare at it in wonder.

    The elephant gun goes empty. Ardeth Bay takes it by the
    barrel and wades into the remaining mummies swinging.

                                  ARDETH BAY

                   Save the girl! Kill the creature!

    The mummies quickly overwhelm and start to tear him apart.
    O'Connell lights the last stick of dynamite and throws it
    against the far wall. He and Jonathan hit the deck.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   That's the last one, we better
                   get lucky.

    The wall BLOWS. Debris COLLAPSES, --but now here's a hole for
    them to get out. O'Connell and Jonathan race out through the
    hole just as the remaining mummies enter the chamber.

    EXT. HAMUNAPTRA RUINS - DAY

    Outside, Beni staggers across the sand with a saddlebag
    filled with treasure. He throws it over the rear of a camel.
    Starts to climb up. Hesitates. Looks back at the temple door.
    Licks his lips. And then his greed gets the better of him and
    he quickly climbs down and scurries back towards the door.

    INT. CEMETERY - DAY

    Imhotep READS from the Book. The rotten Priest-mummies rock
    back and forth, CHANTING. Evelyn struggles.
    Then suddenly, the strange MIST wafts up out of the swirling
    hole and over to the sacred jars, it passes through them and
    into Evelyn. Evelyn JERKS as though she's been electrified.
    The MIST passes through her and into Anck-su-namun's body.

    The CHANTING PRIESTS, SWIRLING HOLE, WAFTING MIST and
    IMHOTEPIS READINGS reach a crescendo. Anck-su-namun's crusty
    EYELIDS suddenly POP OPEN. Evelyn stares at her in disbelief.

    Anck-su-namun's rotted head turns and looks at Evelyn with
    empty sockets. Evelyn freaks out and struggles wildly, then
    she notices Imhotep holding the ancient sacrificial knife.

                                  IMHOTEP (subtitled)

                   with your death, my love and
                   I will be invincible!

    He raises it up over Evelyn's chest, about to plunge it down.
    Evelyn's eyes widen in horror And that's when O'Connell
    and Jonathan BURST IN. Imhotep spins around and faces them.

    Jonathan beams as he holds up the golden Book Of The Living.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I found it, Evy! I found it

                                  EVELYN

                   Shut-up and get me off of here!

    O'Connell grabs an ancient sword out of a statue's hand,
    jumps up onto a gravestone and leaps out over the Priests.
    The Priest-mummies stop chanting. The MIST vanishes.
    Imhotep steps forward. O'Connell STRIKES the sacrificial
    knife out of his hand. Imhotep BELLOWS a command. The Priests
    stand up, swords and knives in hand, they ATTACK O'Connell.

    EVERYTHING HAPPENS AT ONCE, READ FASTER:

                                  EVELYN

                   Open the book, Jonathan! Open
                   the book! That's the only way
                   to kill him!

    O'Connell RACKS and CHOPS at the attacking Priest-mummies,
    fighting his way to Evelyn. The skeletal creatures wildly
    SWING their swords, trying to STAB O'Connell. Jonathan
    fumbles with the book, struggling to open it, --he can't.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I can't open it! It's locked
                   or something!

    O'Connell CUTS two of the mummies in half, then swings his
    sword down at Evelyn, --CLANG! One chain breaks free.

    Jonathan spots a series of SOLID GOLD, FOUR-SIDED LOCKS
    along the binder. It hits him like lightning--

                                  JONATHAN

                   We need the key!

    Imhotep grins, then grabs the KEY/BOX hanging from a chain
    around his neck, rips it off and shoves it into his pocket

    He picks up the sacrificial sword and heads for Jonathan.



                                  JONATHAN

                   What do I do, Evy!? What do I do!?

                                  EVELYN

                   Read the inscription on the cover!

    O'Connell swings his sword down again, --CLANG! Evelyn now
    has one hand and one leg free. More mummies attack O'Connell
    force him back.

    Jonathan quickly starts translating the cover inscription,
    but his ancient Egyptian is clearly awful.

                                  JONATHAN

                   .Keetash-something, naraba-something.

    Jonathan starts to backpedal through the cemetery, clutching
    the golden book; wide-eyed, as Imhotep moves in on him.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Ebarra im hatu Kashka ummmmm--?

    Jonathan trips and falls on his ass.  Imhotep CHARGES FORWARD.
    O'Connell SLASHES another chain. Only one more left holding
    Evelyn. Jonathan sits up and quickly looks back at the cover.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Rasheem Aaaaa ANUBIS!

    Imhotep raises the sacrificial sword, about to kill Jonathan.
    And that's when the giant statue of Anubis suddenly CRASHES
    through the wall, --shades of Ray Harryhausen. only better.

    The god of Deaths, horrible, decrepit STONE FACE stares
    angrily down. Jonathan stares back.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Oh boy

    O'Connell DECAPITATES a mummy and looks up at Anubis.

                                  O'CONNELL (sarcastic)

                   This just keeps gettin,
                   better and better.

    Imhotep leaves Jonathan and heads for the giant statue.
    O'Connell leaps over and with one last swing of the sword,
    frees Evelyn from her chains. More Priest-mummies attack,
    forcing him away. Evelyn jumps off the altar and starts to
    head for O'Connell, --a SKELETAL HAND grabs her! Spins her
    around. It's Anck-su-namun's rotted corpse. Evelyn reacts.


    Imhotep looks up at Anubis, points to O'Connell, and in
    ANCIENT EGYPTIAN commands him to attack. Anubis moves for
    O'Connell, STOMPING over mausoleums and through the detritus
    moat on his way. O'Connell quickly backs away.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Do something, Jonathan! Kill it!

                                  JONATHAN

                   You have got to be joking?

    Evelyn is backing away from Anck-su-namun.

                                  EVELYN

                   Finish the inscription, idiot!

                                  JONATHAN

                   Oh.

    Anck-su-namun ATTACKS Evelyn. Evelyn fends her off as best
    she can. Jonathan quickly looks back at the hieroglyphs on
    the book cover, fumbling badly under the pressure-

                                  JONATHAN

                   Ummm, Hootash im .... Hootash
                   im now what is this
                   last symbol here?

                                  EVELYN

                   What's it look like!?

    Anck-su-namun grabs Evelyn by the throat. The statue of
    Anubis corners O'Connell, reaches down and GRABS him with
    it's MASSIVE TALONS. O'Connell HACKS away at it. Jonathan
    stares at the inscription, slightly oblivious.

                                  JONATHAN

                   It's an Anck symbol, with two
                   little squiggly lines above it,
                   and a bird, a stork! on either side,

    Evelyn is being STRANGLED by Anck-su-namun,

                                  EVELYN

                   -Ah! Ah! Ahmenophus!

                                  JONATHAN

                   Yes, ...I see.

    The talons lift O'Connell up and start to CRUSH him.

                                  JONATHAN

                   Hootash im Ahmenophus!



    The giant statue of Anubis instantly freezes in it's tracks
    and PETRIFIES. It's off balance. Starts to fall. O'Connell
    slides free of it's talons. Evelyn SHOVES Anck-su-namun away,
    Anck-su-namun looks up and opens her fetid mouth to scream
    just as Anubis CRASHES DOWN on top of her, SMASHING HER to
    powder and DRIVING her into the ground.

    Imhotep SHRIEKS in rage and horror, then turns and angrily
    heads for Jonathan. Jonathan, sitting on his ass, quickly
    backpedals on his hands and heels.

    O'Connell leaps to his feet, sword in hand and runs for
    Imhotep. Imhotep grabs Jonathan, lifts him up, rips the
    golden Book Of The Living out of his hand and pins him to a
    wall.

    O'Connell runs up and swings his sword at Imhotep, --WAP!
    SLICES Imhotep's 'right arm off. It drops to the ground, still
    clutching The Book Of The Living. Imhotep drops Jonathan and
    spins around, facing O'Connell. O'Connell grins.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Okay pal, let's see how tough
                   you are without your right arm.

    Imhotep grabs O'Connell with his left arm and THROWS him half
    way across the cemetery. O'Connell SLAMS into a gravestone,
    bounces off and crashes to the ground. He shakes it off.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Alright, ...so he's left handed

    Imhotep is already striding towards him. Jonathan lifts up
    his hand, --HE HAS THE KEY/BOX BACK! He smiles at Evelyn.

                                  JONATHAN

                   I got it!

    Evelyn runs for Jonathan.

    O'Connell SWINGS his sword and CLEAVES a big chunk of molten
    flesh rot out of Imhotep's stomach. on the outside, Imhotep
    looks human, but on the inside he is still a rotten old mummy.
    Imhotep BACKHANDS O'Connell. Knocks him twenty feet back.
    O'Connell staggers to his feet. Imhotep is right there. CLUBS
    him hard with his left arm. O'Connell spins through the air,
    SLAMS into the side of a mausoleum. Imhotep approaches, rage
    in his eyes. O'Connell gets up, quickly pivots and HACKS into
    Imhotep's head. Imhotep grins and PUNCHES O'Connell in the
    face. O'Connell is thrown back, pulling his sword with him.
    He bounces hard off the mausoleum. Lands on his feet.
    Totally beat-to-shit. Knees buckling. He can barely stand.

    Jonathan lifts up the heavy gold book, --Imhotep's severed
    hand still clings to it. Jonathan cringes in disgust. Evelyn
    yanks it off, throws it away, then start furiously working
    the key into the series of locks, unlocking each of them.

    Imhotep strides forward. O'Connell backs into the mausoleum,
    swings the sword, Imhotep tries to catch it, --it CLEAVES
    through his palm and deeply imbeds itself into his forearm.

    No matter, Imhotep rips the sword away from O'Connell and
    casually flings it away.

    The golden Book Of The Living opens with a HISS. Jonathan
    holds it tight as Evelyn quickly turns the heavy gold pages
    Looking for something.

    O'Connell turns to run, but Imhotep grabs him by the throat
    and lifts him off his feet. O'Connell hangs there, a dazed
    mess. Imhotep grins, says something in ANCIENT EGYPTIAN, then
    starts to strangle O'Connell. O'Connell chokes. About to die.

    Evelyn turns and faces Imhotep and reads an inscription:

                                  EVELYN

                   Kadeesh mal! Kadeesh mal!
                   Pared oos! PARED OOS!!

    Imhotep pivots and looks at Evelyn, a look of sheer terror
    on his face. Then he looks over at the detritus bog. Which
    starts to BUBBLE and SHIFT. The SWIRLING HOLE begins to open.

    And then suddenly THE SPIRITS OF THE EGYPTIAN GODS waft out
    of the black bog and SWIRL around the Priest-mummies. The
    mummies all collapse and turn to dust. And then the spirits
    attack Imhotep. Lifting him and O'Connell up into the air.

    Imhotep let's go of O'Connell, who falls to the ground.
    Evelyn and Jonathan fearfully stumble away from the spirits,
    Jonathan trips and falls and accidentally throws The Book of
    The Living into the detritus bog. Evelyn watches as the
    golden book sinks into the black putrescence. Jonathan looks
    like he's about to cry.

    Ten feet off the ground, the spirits SWIRL around Imhotep's
    body, TWISTING IT and TURNING IT and slowly SHRIVELING IT.

    Accompanied by the same strange FLASHING LIGHT we saw at the
    beginning of the movie when Anck-su-namun was cursed. one
    last HUGE FLASH, accompanied by a BLAST OF WIND, and Imhotep
    is spit out and thrown to the floor. He staggers to his feet,
    he looks perfectly normal. His body is completely intact.

    O'Connell swings his sword. Imhotep jerks back. The sword
    scrapes Imhotep's chest, --a swath of blood appears across
    Imhotep's chest where the sword hit him. Imhotep touches the
    blood on his chest, amazed and horrified. He's mortal.

    O'Connell runs Imhotep through with the sword and shoves him
    backwards. Imhotep stumbles back and falls into the detritus
    bog. The sword still in his stomach.
    Evelyn and Jonathan run up next to O'Connell. They watch as
    Imhotep gently sinks into the fetid swamp, slowly dying. And
    then, just before his head goes under, Imhotep looks up at
    them, grins broadly, and says something in ANCIENT EGYPTIAN.

    Evelyn translates:

                                  EVELYN

                   Death is only the beginning.

    Imhotep's grinning face vanishes under the black bile

    STAFF CHAMBER - DAY

    Beni staggers across a chamber, straining under the weight
    of another saddlebag filled with treasure. He spots a large,
    ornate STAFF sticking out of a wall. He throws the saddlebag
    over the staff and collapses against the wall. Exhausted.

    A BEAT. And then the weight of the treasure PULLS THE STAFF
    DOWN. Which starts a massive AURAL CHAIN-REACTION.

    Beni-backs away from the wall, wide-eyed, filled with fear.
    ALL THE WALLS START TO SINK INTO THE GROUND. Driven by tons
    of pouring sand. Beni turns and hauls-ass out of the chamber.

    CEMETERY - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan look around as all the walls
    start to DESCEND. O'Connell grabs Evelyn's hand.

                                  O'CONNELL

                   C'mon!

    He pulls her forward and all three of them race past sinking
    pillars. They duck as they run into a descending doorway.

    INT. PASSAGEWAY - DAY

    Beni scampers down a passageway, the ceiling getting lower
    and lower until he has to crouch. And then he has to stick
    the TORCH between his teeth and crawl on his hands and knees

    INT. TREASURE CHAMBER - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan crouch-run into the treasure
    chamber. Evelyn skids to a stop. Looks in wonder at all the
    treasure. SAND rains down on them. O'Connell grabs her again
    and quickly pulls her through the mounds of treasure towards
    a SINKING DOORWAY on the far side of the room. The SOUND of
    the sinking walls is deafening.

    Beni crouch-runs into the treasure chamber. O'Connell, Evelyn
    and Jonathan race past him. He joins them as they run up a
    staircase. heading for a DESCENDING DOORWAY, which is already
    half gone, it's now only four feet high -- now three feet
    high -- now two feet. Jonathan dives through the narrow gap.
    Then O'Connell dives through, he spins around. Evelyn dives,
    but gets stuck in the middle, about to get cut in half.

    O'Connell grabs her arm and YANKS her through in the nick of
    time. Beni reaches through the narrowing gap with his hand--

                                  BENI

                   O'CONNELL!!

    O'Connell grabs it, but it's too late. Beni yanks his hand
    back just as the top of the door CRASHES to the floor.
    Sealing him in. Beni quickly crawls back down the stairs as
    the ceiling SLAMS down behind him. He stands up and looks
    around with his diminishing torch.

    All the doorways FINISH CLOSING. There's no way out. He's
    trapped. And then he hears something, and turns around. Over
    in the corner, a scarab-beetle stares at him, CHITTERING.
    Beni waves his flickering torch at the scarab and backs away.

                                  BENI

                   Go away

    He stands in the middle of the treasure chamber as dozens
    upon dozens of scarabs boil up out of the floor around him.

    Beni is absolutely terrified. The scarabs start to move in.
    And that's when Beni's torch goes out. PITCH BLACK. A BEAT.

    And then we hear Beni start SCREAMING in horror and pain.
    And the scarabs CHITTERING hungrily.

    EXT. HAMUNAPTRA - DAY

    The temple COLLAPSES as O'Connell, Evelyn, Jonathan and a
    pack of stray camels race through the ruins. A SINKING
    CREVICE DROPS OUT right behind them. Chasing them out through
    the front gates. The whole place RUMBLES ominously.

    They make it down the ramp as more ruins CRASH DOWN behind
    them. A MASSIVE CLOUD OF SAND AND DUST billows out over the
    wall and into the air. our heroes and all the stray camels
    race out into the desert ..........

    SLOW DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. PLATEALT - DAY

    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan stand in the middle of the
    plateau, surrounded by stray camels. They stare off at the
    sandy, dusty, volcano as it continues to RUMBLE-ominously.


                                  JONATHAN

                   Well, ...I guess we go home
                   empty handed.

    O'Connell looks at Evelyn

                                  O'CONNELL

                   Wouldn't say that.

    Evelyn returns the look, A BEAT, and then she wraps-her
    arms around his neck and kisses him. O'Connell ret urn s it.
    Jonathan just rolls his eyes, snorts in disgust and climbs
    up onto a camel.

    When the kiss is-over, O'Connell and Evelyn share a smile,
    then O'Connell leaps up into the saddle, reaches down, grabs
    Evelyn's hand and pulls her up behind him. Evelyn wraps her
    arms around his waist. O'Connell and Jonathan slap the reins.

                                  O'CONNELL/JONATHAN

                   TUK-TUK-TUK!!

    The camels start to move out. WE PAN DOWN: to the saddlebag
    behind Evelyn, hidden under the closed back flap, --we can
    see that it's filled with Beni's stolen TREASURE.
    O'Connell, Evelyn and Jonathan ride off into the SUNSET.


    THE END