We have seen Dwayne “the rock” Johnson in a few different roles across the years. But before he was known for Baywatch or the Fat and Furious franchise or even Moana for that matter, he was known as the Scorpion King.
Dwayne Johnson had his big drop in acting as the Scorpion King when he played Mathayus, a.k.a. the Scorpion King, in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, with that character going on to lead his own film series. Now word’s come in that Johnson is working on a Scorpion King reboot.
Dwayne Johnson is joining hands with Universal Pictures to produce a new Scorpion King movie through his and Dany Garcia’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson and Garcia will produce alongside Hiram Garcia, and Straight Outta Compton’s Jonathan Herman has been tapped to write the script. The search for a director is underway.
Now if you were hoping that the Scorpion King reboot might directly tie into the original Dwayne Johnson-led movie that came out in 2002, just halt right there, disappointment is coming your way. Since Johnson’s schedule is so packed, a new actor will be hired to play the lead role. However, there’s still a possibility that he could have some sort of role in the movie, although that hasn’t been ironed out yet. No specific plot details have been revealed, but reportedly the reboot could distinguish itself from the original Scorpion King by being set in the present day.
“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. 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,” said Johnson in an interview when asked about his role as the Scorpion King.