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Dwayne Johnson in Protection

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2010

Dwayne Johnson has signed to star in the action thriller PROTECTION, as announced by IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford today. PROTECTION will be directed by Simon West (CON AIR, LAURA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, THE MECHANIC, STRANGERS) and is scheduled to lens in New Mexico this fall. The screenplay was written by Brandon Noonan.

Johnson will star as ‘Hombre’ in the $35 million budgeted, high-octane tale of a mercenary Mexico City security operative forced to smuggle the daughter of an under-threat, high ranking judge and the judge’s chief legal counsel across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops, drug lords and white collar U.S. criminal forces. With PROTECTION, Johnson continues the return to his action roots, having just completed filming CBS Films’ FASTER, which is scheduled for release this November.

PROTECTION will be produced by Ford and Robert Lawrence, along with Gordon Gray and Marc Ciardi of Mayhem Pictures. Brian Kavanaugh Jones will executive produce and Jib Polhemus will act as co-producer.

Said Ford: “Dwayne is poised to consolidate his position as one of the planet’s top action stars over the next few years. Meanwhile Simon is a proven commodity when it comes to studio level action pics. Add to that a pulsating storyline which is very much grounded in current events and I think we have a potential smash hit movie”.

Good to hear The Rock is moving back into action movies after his stint doing the kid friendly stuff.

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Faster – First look at Dwayne Johnson

Posted by LiveFor on March 17, 2010


Faster is the film about an ex-con (Johnson) who is out to avenge his brother’s murder. The film, directed by George Tillman, also stars Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino as cops working to stop Johnson from completing his deadly to-do list.

USA Today had this first photo from the film.

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Faster – Carla Gugino steps in for Salma Hayek

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Carla Gugino (Watchmen, Sin City) has taken over the role recently vacated by Salma Hayek in the cast of Faster, the George Tillman Jr. directed revenge thriller starring Dwayne Johnson.

Johnson plays Driver, an ex-con out to avenge his brother’s murder. Billy Bob Thornton plays Cop, a veteran policeman who trails Driver as he races to settle with those responsible for the murder. Also in the mix is Killer, an egocentric hitman who’s after Driver.

Gugino will play the detective in charge of the investigation, “hot on his trail and hell-bent on connecting the killings with a decade-old case.” Also in the cast is Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Johnson’s girlfriend; Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who will be one of the killers on the Rock’s trail, and Maggie Grace (Taken) in an unspecified role.

Source: /Film

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Mortis Rex – Roman Soldiers vs Lovecraft style beastie

Posted by LiveFor on October 30, 2009

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This has he potential to be very, very good, but then again so did Outlander. However, the concept art for Hellboy co-writer Peter Briggs supernatural action thriller Mortis Rex is lovely. Jim Jacks is producing it.

Speaking to Bloody Disgusting Briggs shed some light on how the story developed. “I had the idea for “Mortis” just prior to “Brotherhood of the Wolf” being released. At that point it was simply called “Untitled Roman Monster Movie”…the name “Mortis Rex” came out of something one of the characters says about half an hour into the story. In the early concept, our hero — Cassius Virius — had a female African sidekick, who was mute and did martial arts with a giant carved elephant bone. As soon as I saw “Brotherhood”, I tossed that notion right out the window! And, really, I was glad I did, because the story evolved into something less fantasy-oriented, and became a more grounded and gritty story. Visually, it’ll hopefully be like Ridley’s earlier work. Much more “Gladiator” than “300”. I bumped into “Brotherhood’s” director, Christophe Gans, at Warners a few years ago and told him how I’d had to change my characters…we had a laugh about it.”
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The big question is whether the supernatural beastie will be worth watching.

“I’ve been working solidly the last month with our creature designer, Paul Mendoza, and our intention’s to portray onscreen the baddest, nastiest, Lovecraftian-level monstrosity you’ve ever seen,” Brings elaborates. “If you’re a fanboy, you’ll know Paul’s work…he sculpted Wayne Barlowe’s “Decurion” for Sideshow a while back, and the guy’s really a pocket genius. I’ve never seen anything like our creature, onscreen, ever. Period. I zap sketches to Paul, and he blasts finished renderings back over the internet, and then I scribble and Photoshop over them, and zap them back. I’ve had a vision in my head about what the thing should look like since I started writing “Mortis”, but right now we’re about 80% there, and our Big Chap just keeps looking scarier and weirder every time my email goes “ping”. He’s an extremely visually complex creation. He’d eat “Hellboy’s” Ogdru Jahad for breakfast.

The “Hellboy” writer grins evilly, “But our beastie is…very peculiar. Very singular. He’s a big sucker. Quite terrifying. People will be coming out of the theater with their heads blown off. I pity the poor Roman soldiers who have to go up against this thing with their steel toothpicks…”
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Casting wise that is still up in the air, but we may get to see some familiar faces.

“Well, I originally wrote the part of Cassius Virius for Lawrence Fishburne, and we were actually down the road talking to him about it when he got pulled onto “CSI”, and we lost him. But Jim Jacks has broken-in or raised up a lot of good actors and stars over the years — Brendan Fraser and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson spring to mind. And having Jim onboard obviously makes this movie very attractive to a whole other level of actor. So, I’m looking forward to seeing what Jim will bring to us. We’ve spent a long time talking cast lists. Interestingly I ran into Ron Perlman at the “Sons Of Anarchy” wrap party weeks back, and I just happened to have my laptop with me and showed him what we were doing. Obviously, I knew Ron from “Hellboy”, and I mentioned that I’d had a smaller role in “Mortis” — a rough, Roman drill Sergeant who gets to chew the scenery — written with Ron in mind. Ron really responded to the idea, and asked when we were thinking of shooting. It’d be fun having Ron onboard.”

All in all Mortis Rex sounds very cool. However, Briggs’ other project sounds equally interesting.

“Well, I’m racing to the finishing post on a rewrite-polish on “Panzer 88”, which is a screenplay by two American writers, Aaron Mason and Jim Cowan, that I discovered. I really wanted to use “Mortis” to springboard me onto a director slot with the studios…basically allowing me to get my hands on all the projects I’ve been writing for the majors for 19 years, like “Judge Dredd” and “Alien vs Predator”, that then got horribly mangled by others. But when I found this script, I knew I’d be nuts if I didn’t do it, even though it’s a much smaller piece even than “Mortis”. “Panzer” is another supernatural thriller: basically a character piece set in a German King Tiger tank in Russia in World War 2. It’s five guys in a tin can, and something’s trying to stop them making it home. It’s creepy, and smart. I’ll be directing that too. There are a bunch of producers jockeying to get their hands on this right now…I’ve had a few meetings with Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars”, “American Graffiti”, “Dark Crystal”) back in London, and I really like the idea of doing “Panzer” with him. I was surprised by Gary. For a producer with such All-American movies under his belt, he absolutely gets the very dark, European sensibility of the piece. I guess I’m very lucky with my producers right now.”

How do you like them apples? Does Mortis Rex float your boat? Who would you like to see star in it and any ideas what the creature will look like?

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Billy Bob Thornton joins The Rock on Faster

Posted by LiveFor on October 28, 2009

bbtBilly Bob Thornton is set to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the George Tillman-directed action drama Faster according to Variety.

Johnson plays Driver, an ex-con out to avenge his brother’s murder. Thornton plays Cop, a veteran policeman who trails Driver as he races to settle with those responsible for the murder. Also in the mix is Killer, an egocentric hitman who’s after Driver.

Killer is still to be cast. Now I am not sure whether the characters will have actual names mentioned in the film, but the fact that they are just Cop, Driver and Killer makes me think that this film could well be a little different to other action films.

We’ll have to wait and see.

Joe and Tony Gayton wrote the script.

Production will begin early next year.

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The Rock is to go Faster

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

Oscars ArrivalsDwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is set to star and George Tillman Jr. (“Notorious”) is in talks to direct the action drama “Faster” for CBS Films says Variety.

Johnson will play an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his brother, who was murdered 10 years earlier when the two were double-crossed during a heist. Joe and Tony Gayton penned the script.

Johnson began negotiating when Phil Joanou (“Gridiron Gang”) was expected to direct, but Joanou dropped out several months ago.

Filming begins in January 2010.

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Samuel L Jackson and Dwayne Johnson are the Guys to Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s Other Guys

Posted by LiveFor on September 23, 2009

dwayne_the_rock_johnsonProduction gets underway tomorrow on the Columbia Pictures comedy The Other Guys (previously called The B-Team), and the studio has set Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson are joining the Adam McKay-directed comedy as super cops. Steve Coogan has been set to play the villain.

They join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, who play the title characters. The film is set for Aug. 6, 2010 release.

Johnson and Jackson will play an elite and cocky cop tandem whose exploits are the envy of the department, and the second-tier cops played by Ferrell and Wahlberg.

Shaping up to be a nice little cast on this one.

Source: Variety

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The Tooth Fairy – Poster for Dwayne Johnson’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on September 22, 2009

toothfairy-rock-firstposter-fullsizeA bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player (Johnson) results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy. The film is directed by Michael Lembeck.

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Planet 51- Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on July 2, 2009

American astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders–like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

Director: Jorge Blanco

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long

Released on 24th July 2009

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Megan Fox as Buffy – Dwayne Johnson as Commando

Posted by LiveFor on June 10, 2009

Cinefools has reported on a couple of rumours.

The first is that Megan Fox is being considered for the title role in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot that I mentioned a while back.

At the time of that news stories I sent Megan a quick Tweet asking if she was interested in playing the part and her response was in the negative.

Going with that and the fact it is still early days in this Buffy stories I would say that there is not much truth in the rumour.

Who else would you like to see as a new Buffy?

The second rumour is to do with the Commando remake. Cinefool’s source says that Dwayne Johnson (Doom, Race to Witch Mountain) is the favourite to play the lead in the film that is in early development.

Not a bad choice for the role in my opinion but the plot of Commando was recently updated in the excellent Taken starring Liam Neeson.

How do you feel about The Rock as Commando?

Again I’ll stress that these are both rumours.

Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.

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