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The Rock Reportedly Bankrolling $1.97B ‘The Mummy’ Franchise For a New Mummy Movie With Brendan Fraser

The Rock Reportedly Bankrolling $1.97B 'The Mummy' Franchise For a New Mummy Movie With Brendan Fraser

The world’s highest-paid actor didn’t simply get a ranking at Forbes by being good at what he does. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is just as excellent in his Hollywood career as he is in the world of business, entrepreneurship, and sports. And even though the stoically becoming actor has delivered his fair share of action adventures and high-octane thrillers, it’s safe to say that the guy also knows how to deliver comedies.

As such, being versatile in range and genre is not past the Black Adam actor, and given how well he has cultivated his reputation and resume in the past two decades in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that rumors of The Rock going back to the film that started it all, has gathered some well-appreciated steam in and around the industry.

Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King (2002)
Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King (2002)

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The Rock Rumored to Return to The Mummy Franchise

It was 2001. The Rock was already a legend for his Wrestlemania four-way elimination fight the previous year against Triple H, Mick Foley, and The Big Show. For over 8 years, the professional wrestler racked up a reputation within WWF as one of the most fearsome opponents in the ring. Soon after, his favorable reputation with the audience for always delivering in the ring landed him the title of the People’s Champion. The same reputation was what he strived toward building with his audience in Hollywood.

The Rock in The Mummy Returns
The Rock in The Mummy Returns

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The first big project that came his way was Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy franchise threequel in 2001. The role of Mathayus which was secured by The Rock was later exploited and explored in the 2002 film, The Scorpion King. Now, after over two decades, the actor plans to return to the film that started it all. In a recent rumor, the actor is reportedly planning to revive The Mummy franchise, with Fraser in the lead, so much so that he plans to bankroll the entire production.

Jeff Sneider Makes Some Well-Thought-Out Claims

In an episode of The Hot Mic With Jeff and John, The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider spoke about the possibility of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah working on a new film together, especially after an interview of the two directors about them being involved with a new action movie. According to Sneider, the directors, known for their resonance and deep understanding of their culture and inclination to promote the same, would be the most favorable candidates for coming up with a Mummy script based in Egypt or Morocco.

The Rock starts out in Hollywood alongside Brendan Fraser
The Rock starts out in Hollywood alongside Brendan Fraser

Also read: “He welcomed me in when he didn’t have to”: Dwayne Johnson Thanked Brendan Fraser for Letting Him Star in The Mummy Returns, Kickstarting His Hollywood Career

Moreover, Brendan Fraser’s recent comeback in Hollywood accompanied by a well-timed and emotional tweet from his Mummy co-star, The Rock, also gives Sneider cause to believe that the line of communication might open the door for a fourth Mummy film. A reunion and sequel of two of the most beloved actors in the industry right now would definitely sell theatres all over the globe.

The Mummy trilogy is available for streaming on Prime Video.

Source: The Hot Mic With Jeff and John

Written by Diya Majumdar

Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, Diya Majumdar now has more than 1200 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and an obsessive collection of Spotify playlists