Greetings, Scorporinos. I know it’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard from the Mummy Cinematic Universe. (That Tom Cruise mummy movie doesn’t count, either.) Well, our long wait is over now, because a Scorpion King reboot is on the way.
Dwayne Johnson to Produce Scorpion King Reboot
Of course, as we longtime Scorpies know, Dwayne Johnson starred in the original film, 2002’s The Scorpion King. That was so early in his acting career that he was still billing himself as (extremely RIP, Sean Connery voice) The Rock. Before then, he’d had roles that amounted to cameos on TV shows like The Net and Star Trek: Voyager. He also had a bit part as “Mugger” in something called Longshot, a straight-to-video action comedy that looks like it was just made to put Orlando-based boy bands (ahem, and one girl group) in a flick.
What is this, exactly? (image via Universal Pictures)
So his role as Mathayus, The Scorpion King, was not only his first major role, but also his first role to make it to theaters. A Rockafire Explosion nightmare version of The Scorpion King made his debut in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, before headlining his own movie. That spin-off was a prequel, telling Mathayus’s story, which takes place about 5000 years before the events of the Mummy films. But of course, we all know that.
Anyway, Mr. Dwayne Johnson is producing the reboot with his ex-wife Dany Garcia, with whom he runs Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson will not be starring in the new movie, though. As he said in a statement, “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 hard-working actors today.”
More Details about the Reboot to Come
We do know that Jonathan Herman, who wrote Straight Outta Compton, will be writing the film. However, there’s no word yet on what actors exactly might be in the running for the starring role. Or any of the roles, for that matter. But hey, here’s a wild suggestion: maybe try casting an Egyptian actor? (No, Grandma, not Omar Sharif.)
Or maybe just ask the question I ask every single time: who is this for? I mean, I know The Scorpion King had several sequels–we all know and saw them–so apparently obviously there is a fanbase. But are they clamoring for a reboot?
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at email@example.com.