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Dwayne Johnson is rebooting The Scorpion King with Universal Pictures

It was The Scorpion King character from The Mummy Returns that kickstarted Dwayne Johnson’s movie career. Since then he was done rather well and so he has been looking back on what started it all and wants to reboot it. Universal Pictures and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions are working with him to relaunch a new Scorpion King movie and Jonathan Herman will write the script. Johnson and Garcia will produce along with Seven Bucks’ Hiram Garcia.

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 main difference this time, apart from Johnson not playing the character, is that it will be moved from ancient times and will instead “be a contemporary take set in modern times” according to Deadline.

Dany Garcia had this to say about the project.

The original Scorpion King was a crucial catalyst helping to catapult us into the world of film. 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.

So far Johnson will just be producing and will not be starring in the film so a new actor will be playing The Scorpion King.

To be honest, I have got no problem with The Scorpion King getting a reboot. I am not quite sure about bringing it to the present day as I do like the old pulp sensibilities of The Mummy films that spawned the character.

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