11 Nov – Remember the time when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had long flowing hair? That was almost two decades ago, when he made his big screen debut as Mathayus a.k.a. Scorpion King.
That was his first film role, which he appeared as in 2001's "The Mummy Returns". He then reprises it in the 2002 spin-off/prequel "The Scorpion King", and as the title illustrates, this time he's the movie's eponymous lead, marking his first starring role.
Fast forward to now, Deadline is reporting that the actor is working on a "The Scorpion King" reboot.
His and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions is teaming up with Universal Pictures for the new movie, which will be produced by the actor himself, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Jonathan Herman is penning the script, though no director is attached to the project at the moment.
"The Scorpion King was my very first role ever on the silver screen and 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."
As for the titular king, unfortunately fans won't get to see the in-demand actor playing the role for the third time since he's fully booked through 2022. Universal is now in a search for a new actor to take on the role.
However, there's still hope of seeing The Rock making a cameo appearance at least, given the project's significance to him.
There's no further detail on the reboot's plot. Sources stated that it might be set in modern times, but most likely it will not differ much from the original story of a desert warrior rising up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland.