Deadline is exclusively reporting that Universal Pictures and Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions are currently developing a potential reboot of The Scorpion King, with Jonathan Herman attached to write the script.
The Scorpion King focuses on a desert warrior that rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. The character first appeared in Stephen Sommers 2001 action-adventure film The Mummy Returns, spinning off into his own feature film in 2002’s The Scorpion King. The Scorpion King earned $180m at the worldwide box office, help launched the career of Dwayne Johnson, giving him his acting debut, and has also spawned four sequels and two video games.
Dwayne Johnson released a statement saying:
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.
Dany Garcia released a statement saying:
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.
The report states that even though the studio are looking to bring in a new actor to play the titular character, there is a possibility of Dwayne Johnson appearing in some capacity in the project once it potentially gets the greenlight for production. Jonathan Herman has been the go-to screenwriter at the studio after his work on N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton earned him an Academy Award nomination. He’s recently been tapped to rewrite the script for Fast and Furious 9 and is also one of the writers on the new Scream film. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production, Jay Polidoro, and Creative Executive, Tony Ducret, will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.