Universal Pictures and Dwayne Johnson are teaming up for a reboot of The Scorpion King! This was a cool and fun movie when I first saw it. However, it has not stood the test of time, so I can see why they are looking to reboot it. They are looking to introduce the character to a new generation.
Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) has been hired to write the script, and don’t expect Johnson to reprise his role. The actor is booked through 2022, and the studio will cast a new actor to take on the lead role. Even though he’s not taking the lead role, it’s explained that this is an important project to Johnson, and there’s a good chance that we’ll see him appear in the movie in some capacity. They are also going to hire a new director.
Johnson said in a statement:
“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. 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 original film focused on a desert warrior that rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. Plot details are vague on what this reboot will do differently than the original, but sources say that unlike the original, this next film will be a contemporary take set in modern times.
Producer Dany Garcia went on to say:
“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.”
I’m not really a fan of the modern-day setting. The modern-day settings just aren’t as interesting as period settings, but it’ll still be interesting to see how they handle this reboot. If they have a good story to tell, I’ll be interested in watching it.
What do you think about The Scorpion King getting rebooted?