Posts tagged Dwayne Johnson
Well, this is certainly my strange-but-seemingly-true story of the day. According to THR, Dwayne Johnson is loosely attached to lead, and Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re The Millers, Horrible Bosses 2) are attached to direct Paramount Pictures’ long-gestating ‘Baywatch’ movie. The studio has also hired Justin Malen to rewrite the script. Malen is currently writing ‘Bad Teacher 2′ and he penned the 2011 Blacklist script ‘Bastards.’
Back in July, it was first reported that Dwayne Johnson was set to produce and star in Universal’s adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s (the “Bourne” series) book ‘The Janson Directive’. Johnson has today confirmed that he’s starring in the film, while Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman will pen the script. The 2002 novel follows a former consular ops agent who, after leaving covert operations due to the high number of sanctioned serial killings, goes into business as private security consultant. Teamed with a sharpshooter, Janson only takes assignments that he believes will lead to helping those in need.
The synopsis for the book is as follows: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…
Vin Diesel Reveals A New ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Image With Paul Walker; Shares His Thoughts On The Film’s First Trailer
Always one to keep people up to date with his latest projects, Vin Diesel has posted on his hugely popular Facebook account (85+ million likes) this new ‘Fast & Furious 7′ image and an update on the film’s trailer. Diesel writes, “Universal came to visit, to show the trailer for FF7. Speechless… yeah, it was that INCREDIBLE! I must also say, that it was emotional and bittersweet… we all went above and beyond to make Pablo proud, but man, I wish he could see what we have created and just how far we have come.”
After a long hiatus due to the tragic death of star Paul Walker, ‘Fast & Furious 7′ commenced shooting again back in April, giving Universal Pictures and director James Wan time to meet its rescheduled April 3rd, 2015 release date. ‘Fast & Furious 7’ also stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. Expect more info about the release of the film’s first trailer shortly.
For the past year or so Dwayne Johnson has been teasing fans with the possibility that he’s playing a DC Comics character in the Warner Bros/DC Cinematic Universe, with the likely candidates being Shazam or his arch-enemy Black Adam. Today the actor has finally revealed that he will be playing Black Adam, Tweeting the following with the above image, “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics”.
Black Adam is the primary adversary of Shazam, the red and gold costumed DC Comics hero who was formerly known as Captain Marvel. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945, Black Adam’s origin story has been changed numerous times in the source comics and he’s gone on to be both a villain and an anti-hero throughout his history. As originally depicted, Black Adam was a corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel (Shazam), who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his associates. Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Black Adam has been re-defined by DC Comics writers Jerry Ordway, Geoff Johns, and David S. Goyer as a corrupted antihero attempting to “clear his name”. The character has powers comparable to that of Shazam, including flight, strength, agility, lightning manipulation, as well as magic.
In ‘Hercules,’ Dwayne Johnson stars as the titular demigod renowned for his mighty deeds and valor. In this take on the myth, Hercules is a man struggling to live up to his own lore in a world of fearsome villainy. This version of Hercules is an icon who has vanquished lions and hellhounds, and is publicly feared and revered as a super-human champion; but deep within, he remains wounded by tragedy and uncertain of his legacy. Accompanied by five faithful companions, he travels the empire selling his services for gold and using his formidable reputation to intimidate his enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of neighboring Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a terrifying warlord, Hercules can no longer skate by on the folklore surrounding him. He must learn to embrace his own myth and become the hero people believe in. ‘Hercules’ will be distributed worldwide on July 25th and co-stars the likes of Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Tobias Santelmann and Reece Ritchie. Brett Ratner directs.
I know you’ve wanted to play Hercules since you first broke into movies, almost 15 years ago. And I can imagine there may have been some false starts and times it looked like it wasn’t going to happen? Can you talk a little about the process of getting this film made and the take on the character you wanted to put forth…
Dwayne Johnson: Sure thing. ‘Hercules’ has been a passion project of mine for a very, very, very long time. When I first broke into Hollywood, it was one of the first properties that I asked about and I was curious about. I really wanted to make it, and that was almost 15 years ago. At that time I broke in making ‘The Mummy Returns,’ which then spawned ‘The Scorpion King’ – which was fairly close to ‘Hercules,’ in terms of tone. So we put ‘Hercules’ on the back-burner… and at that time, I didn’t have the ability to green-light anything (laughs). But I had been focused on making it one day. Plus growing up, I had always admired and had a great appreciation for individuals who were strong and who were able to accomplish things with their hands – and certainly Hercules is one of them. And actually ten years ago we actually started talking about it in terms of developing it and now we’re here. And with this film, we wanted to give audiences a Hercules they’ve never seen before. When we meet Hercules in this movie, he’s an exile suffering with regrets, fighting only for gold – he’s a mercenary. He has to overcome his demons and find his heart to become the man people want him to be.
Paramount Pictures has set loose this latest clip from the Dwayne Johnson-led ‘Hercules.’ Directed by Brett Ratner, ‘Hercules’ will be distributed worldwide on July 25th and co-stars the likes of Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Reece Ritchie. Based on the graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” the film is a revisionist take on the classic myth. I’m posting a bunch of interviews for ‘Hercules’ later this week, so stay tuned.