Dwayne Johnson Is Making Another Scorpion King Movie
Depending on how you feel about Dwayne Johnson's acting career, the following news could be very exciting: The Rock has teamed up with Universal Pictures to revive his Scorpion King franchise.
Johnson and his pal Dany Garcia own Seven Bucks Productions and they are keen on relaunching the series with a new movie and have Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) write the script.
According to Deadline, the wrestler-cum-actor is thinking of getting a new actor to play the action hero due to his busy schedule.
Johnson is booked all the way until 2022, so he would have to wait for a while before audiences would be able to see the new look Scorpion King, if he were to be the leading man.
Despite that, don't rule him out from appearing in the film in some capacity, as The Rock holds the project close to his heart. It was the first movie the actor ever starred in and he wants to make sure the future of the franchise is solid.
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.
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"I believe Jonathan Herman will put in the hard work to deliver a fantastic script for our global audience."
The movie was a sort-of spin-off from The Mummy franchise and was set 5,000 years before the Brendan Fraser-led films. The Rock played Mathayus who tries to kill the ruthless leader Memnon.
Despite the critical consensus labelling the film 'cheesy', there have been four films released under the same name, however none have featured Johnson.
Universal's Senior VP Production Jay Polidoro and creative executive Tony Ducret will oversee the new project on behalf of the studio,
"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."
Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures
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