It’s no secret that Universal’s 2017 reboot of The Mummy was a critical and commercial failure, prematurely ending their plans for a so-called Dark Universe. The studio eventually moved on and found success with The Invisible Man this year and now several other Universal Monster projects are in the works. This week, however, they have announced plans to return to The Mummy in an unexpected way. The 2001 film The Mummy Returns introduced a villain named The Scorpion King (played by Dwayne Johnson), who was so well-received that he was given his own series of spin-off films. Almost 20 years later, Johnson is now helping to produce a Scorpion King reboot. Here’s what he had to say about the announcement:
“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 movie is said to be setting itself apart from the original by giving it a contemporary spin set in modern times. Screenwriter Jonathan Herman co-wrote the script for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and also contributed to several other upcoming Universal projects including F9 and the Scarface reboot (now set to be directed by Luca Guadagnino). A new actor will obviously be taking on the lead role but there seems to be a possibility that Dwayne Johnson could still appear in some way. No director has been chosen as of yet. Do you have any interest seeing in a new version of The Scorpion King?