What started off as an off-shot to The Mummy Franchise ended up being The Rock’s first big role on the silver screen. Nearly 20 years later, Dwayne Johnson has teamed up with Universal Pictures to revive The Scorpion King franchise.
The Rock and Dany Garcia, who own Seven Bucks Productions together are keen on relaunching the series with a new movie, and they have already secured Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman to write the script.
According to Deadline, the wrestler-turned-actor is thinking of getting a new actor to play the action hero due to his busy schedule – as he is booked all the way to 2022 and if he were to be the leading man, audiences would have to wait quite a while before being able to see the new-look Scorpion King.
Despite that, don’t rule him out from appearing in the film in some capacity. Johnson told Deadline: “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.
“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.”
“The original Scorpion King was a crucial catalyst helping to catapult us into the world of film,” said Dany Garcia.
“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.”