He’s hot off a massive hit in the form of Fast & Furious 7 and has a massive blockbuster on the horizon with San Andreas. Now Dwayne Johnson is going to be teaming up with DreamWorks for a mysterious new project.
THR reports that DreamWorks has won a furious bidding war with Paramount for sci-fi action comedy Alpha Squad Seven, which has Johnson attached to star in the lead role.
The project was pitched by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (the upcoming Karate Kid 2) and will be produced by Beau Flynn and Johnson himself through their respective FlynnPictureCo. and 7 Bucks Productions after their collaboration on the Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Hercules and the aforementioned San Andreas.
We don’t know much about the plot at this point but it’s elusively described as, “a four-quadrant action-comedy adventure set in space.” The project was apparently fast-tracked after a one line pitch. It’s hoped that it will kick off a big new franchise and is being compared to the likes of Independence Day, Armageddon and the very much in-vogue Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m sure DreamWorks will want some Avengers flavour in there, too.
Alpha Squad Seven only adds to a growing list of upcoming projects for Johnson including a spy comedy called Central Intelligence opposite Kevin Hart and, of course, as Shazam! in DC’s upcoming adaptation. He also has his new American football-themed HBO series Ballers set to air this summer.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter