Dwayne Johnson set to return to The Scorpion King

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The Rock is returning to his roots, but only as a producer, to revisit the role that launched his Hollywood career: it’s The Scorpion King.

Dwayne Johnson is set to go full circle with a newly-announced project, returning to his silver screen roots to realise a contemporary version of The Scorpion King, according to Deadline. 2002’s The Scorpion King, a spin-off from the The Mummy series marked Johnson’s cinematic debut as a leading man, after making a brief cameo in 2001’s The Mummy Returns.

However, with Johnson’s slate predictably full for the next couple of years, he won’t be returning to the titular role, and will instead be producing the film along with Dany Garcia for his Seven Bucks production company (in conjunction with Universal). It’s not unlikely that the actor will pop up in a cameo though.

Says Johnson, “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.”

Herman is certainly enjoying a hot run as a screenwriter right now, following his acclaimed work on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. As well as working on Universal’s Scarface remake he is also attached to the Channing Tatum project Bloodlines and Fear, the remake of the 1990s thriller that featured Mark Wahlberg.

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