The Rock to Re-make ‘Scorpion King’
Dwayne Johnson set for Scorpion King reboot
A reboot of the 2002 Mummy-franchise spin-off The Scorpion King is reportedly in the works, thanks to a union between Universal Pictures and Seven Bucks Productions, the latter of which is a company headed up by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia.
Note that Johnson started as the title character in the '02 version of the film. However, due to obligations that have him locked up through 2022, he is not able to reprise that role, and therefore a new actor will play said, King. The project is also yet to get a director attached, though it does have a writer.
That scribe will be Jonathan Herman, who previously penned the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. For his job on that he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
“The Scorpion King was my very first role ever on the silver screen and I’m honoured and excited to reimagine and deliver this cool mythology to a whole new generation,” Johnson said, according to Deadline. “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.”
Garcia (who, it should be noted, was married to Johnson from 1997 to 2008) added to that via a statement with a similar sentiment.
“The original Scorpion King was a crucial catalyst helping to catapult us into the world of film,” she said, “To be able to now produce the next iteration as part of our Seven Bucks Productions slate is a special, full-circle moment, a testament to what we have been fortunate enough to build for our audience and ultimately a humble reminder of the timeless value of authentic storytelling.”