Dwayne Johnson is coming The Scorpion King reboot is making progress with the first draft of the script now completed. A modern take on the 2002 film starring The Rock in its first lead role, the new film was first announced last year by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions partner Hiram Garcia. Johnson will produce the reboot alongside Garcia and Dany Garcia.
Since then, not much new information has been revealed about the new take on The Scorpion King, but Hiram Garcia shed some light on its current status. In an interview with Collider, Garcia explains that the first draft of the screenplay has been submitted and they are now polishing it up a bit. The producer also expresses his excitement at returning to the franchise to tell new stories. From the interview:
“We just got a first draft in and we’re getting it polished now. That’s such a beloved franchise, and like you said, that whole world including the mummy and scorpion king are so much fun that we just want to keep telling stories in that space.”
In November, it was reported that Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) wrote the screenplay. A director had not yet been named and it is rumored that producers were looking for a new actor to replace The Rock in the role of the Scorpion King. Plot details were sketchy, but Deadline says the new movie will be a contemporary take set in the modern day. Although Johnson is passing the torch to a new actor, he is still excited to see The Scorpion King get new life.
“The Scorpion King was my first ever screen role and I’m honored and excited to reimagine this cool mythology and deliver it to a whole new generation,” Johnson told Deadline at the time. “I wouldn’t have had the career I have lucky it wasn’t there The Scorpion King and I’m thrilled that we at Seven Bucks Productions can help create the same opportunities for other hard-working actors today. I believe Jonathan Herman will work hard to deliver a fantastic script for our global audience.”
Producer Dany Garcia added: “The original scorpion king was a crucial catalyst that helped us catapult us into the world of film. To now be able to produce the next iteration as part of our Seven Bucks Productions slate is a special, full moment, a testament to what we’ve been lucky enough to build for our audience and ultimately a humble reminder of the timeless value of authentic stories.”
The Scorpion King was directed by Chuck Russell with a screenplay by Stephen Sommers, William Osborne and David Hayter. a spin-off from the mummy, the film is set 5,000 years earlier by revealing the origins of Mathayus and his rise as the Scorpio King. A handful of sequels were made, but with other actors taking over the roles.
While pre-production seems to be going pretty well when rebooting The Scorpion King, it’s still unclear when filming could begin or when it could be released. The original version starring Dwayne Johnson is currently streaming on HBO Max. To learn more about what’s coming out of Seven Bucks Productions, read the full interview with Garcia at Collider.
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