The Scorpion King is back! In an exclusive, Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures and Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions are trying to reboot a new Scorpion King film. They have brought in Jonathan Herman to write the script.
Unfortunately, Johnson is not looking to star in the reboot. This is due to the fact that he is booked through 2022 for other roles like Black Adam. So the studio will have to cast a new actor to play the action hero. But he and Garcia will produce along with Seven Bucks’ Hiram Garcia. They are also now on the lookout for a director.
Johnson has a ridiculous amount of responsibilities that now include a football league along with his films. But the fact of the matter is that this film is dear and close to his heart. It was his first full acting debut after his brief appearance in Universal Studios’ The Mummy Returns. This was the beginning of so many more roles for the former WWE superstar. Deadline sources do state that there may be a chance that because of how important the film is to Johnson, that he may have a cameo appearance.
The Scorpion King was a spin-off from The Mummy Returns that was released in 2002. It was directed by Chuck Russell. Along with Johnson it also starred Kelly Hu, Grant Heslov, and Michael Clarke Duncan. It tells the story of the Scorpion King 5,000 years prior to the events of The Mummy. The reboot is said to be a different take. Unlike the original, this one is going to be a contemporary take that is set in modern times.
A Statement From Dwanye Johnson On The Reboot
“The Scorpion King was my very first role ever on the silver screen and I’m honored and excited to reimagine and deliver this cool mythology to a whole new generation,” said Johnson. “I wouldn’t have had the career I’m lucky enough to have had it not been for The Scorpion King and I’m thrilled that we at Seven Bucks Productions can help create those same opportunities for other hardworking actors today. I believe Jonathan Herman will put in the hard work to deliver a fantastic script for our global audience.”
I will be cautiously optimistic about this. First of all, I can’t believe that this came out 18 years ago! When studios take things that we like or love and try to put a different take on them, I feel that they usually set themselves up for failure. One perfect example right at Universal Studios is The Mummy. When the reboot was made it lost the campy feel that we all loved and thus did not embrace the film. Among other things that were wrong with it. We’ll wait and see what comes of this project.
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