Today brings us the announcement that THE SCORPION KING 3 in in the middle of principal photography, leaving many of us to wonder... there was a SCORPION KING 2? Apparently so. That film didn't have Ron Perlman and Billy Zane though, and this one does, so it's quite obvious why this deserves special mention. Can you imagine the glaring and scenery-chewing that will go on? My word...
The official release: A legendary hero returns to fight his most fearsome adversary as an all-new adventure unfolds in The Scorpion King 3, now shooting in Thailand. Steeped in intrigue, sorcery and romance and featuring more of the spectacular action, mindboggling stunts and astonishing plot twists that have made The Scorpion King franchise an outstanding addition to Universal Studios Home Entertainment's groundbreaking DVD Originals line, The Scorpion King 3 is slated for release on DVD in early 2012.
Picking up where The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior left off, The Scorpion King 3 continues the story of Mathayus, now the deposed leader of an ancient desert empire, as he faces the most terrifying challenge of his life. The film, which began shooting on October 29 in and around Bangkok, introduces an all new cast featuring Victor Webster ("Melrose Place," Surrogates) as Mathayus; Ron Perlman ("Sons of Anarchy," Hellboy 1 and 2) as Horus, the powerful King of Egypt; Billy Zane ("Samantha Who?," Titanic) as the conniving King Talus; UFC star Kimbo Slice as Zulu Kondo; Bostin Christopher as Mathayus' comrade-in-arms Olaf (Unbreakable); WWE champion Dave Bautista as Agromael; Selina Lo (28 Weeks Later) as Tsukai; Krystal Vee (Streetfighter: The Legend of Chin-Li) as the beautiful princess Silda and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith) as the ill-fated King Ramusan.
As The Scorpion King 3 begins, Mathayus has lost his beloved queen and been driven from his former kingdom by a virulent plague. Now, an assassin for hire, Mathayus is dispatched by Horus, the King of Egypt, to protect his ally King Ramusan from imminent attack. In return for his services, he is promised Ramusan's daughter Silda in marriage, as well as the legendary Eye of the Gods medallion, which imparts supernatural powers to its wearer. But to collect the reward, he will have to first rescue the princess, who is being held captive by Talus, the scheming brother of Horus. Mathayus agrees to the perilous mission, but the evil that lies in wait for him will challenge even his cunning and strength in a staggering test of courage unlike any he has faced before.
Kind of curious that the film has been shooting since late October and yet this press release is going out now. Maybe the producers were prepared for the dailies to be so utterly hilarious that production would have to be shut down forever. Now that the footage looks like gold, they can announce to the world this sure-fire epic is underway.
THE SCORPION KING 3 is being directed by Roel Reine (DEATH RACE 2; obviously Universal's Home Entertainment division likes this guy). As the release said, expect it on DVD in early 2012. If you can stand the wait...