Right in the middle of what is arguably one of the greatest WWE careers of all time, The Rock caught the eye of Hollywood. Appearing as Mathayus the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson showed massive potential and became the megastar he is today. The character was so well-recieved that it spawned a spinoff starring Johnson. As first reported by Deadline, Johnson will team with Universal Pictures to reboot the entire franchise.
Per the initial report, Universal has tapped Straight Outta Compton scribe Jonathan Herman to pen the film. Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions will produce the film in collaboration with Universal Pictures. Hiram Garcia (Hobbs & Shaw) is on-board to produce as well. However, due to his staggering schedule, Johnson will no reprise the role of The Scorpion King. Instead, the studio will look to cast a new actor as the titular character. Although, Johnson is likely to make a cameo in the film.
In an accompanying statement, Johnson reveals his attachment to the role and what he hopes to accomplish with the reboot.
“The Scorpion King was my very first role ever on the silver screen. 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.”
The Scorpion King film series, as it stands, touts a total of five films overall. Michael Copon, Pierre Marais, Victor Webster, and Zach McGowan play Mathayus in various big-screen adventures. Moreover, the series includes memorable roles from the likes of Michael Clarke Duncan, Dave Bautista, Lou Ferrigno, and Randy Couture.
Johnson remains one of the busiest men in Hollywood. In addition to his upcoming DCEU film Black Adam and the development of Hobbs & Shaw 2, the actor will produce an NBC series based on his own life titled Young Rock. Additionally, Johnson remains loyal to his professional wrestling roots while actively developing a biopic about the 16-time World Champion Ric Flair.
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